IED Recent Activity

Development Reading Group

The Development Reading Group gives students the opportunity to discuss recent publications in development and research in progress. Graduate students and junior faculty attend the meetings.


In the BUPERG (Boston University Political Economy Reading Group) meetings, graduate students from Boston University Economics Department and from other nearby schools have the opportunity to present research at a preliminary stage. BUPERG has been meeting every other week since October 2009.

Development That Works – Session 4: Economic Development

More than 100 people participated in The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future’s annual conference on Thursday, March 31 called Development That Works held at the Boston University School of Management conference center. For more information about the conference and a video of Session 4, please see

Research Grants

Recent research grants administered by IED include: Land Inequality and Environmental Degradation in India; Decentralization in Developing Countries; Land Relations, Decentralization and Deforestation in India; Societal Differences in Innovation Systems: Small vs. Large-scale Apparel Supply Chains; Societal Differences in Apparel Industry Innovations: Pilot Interviews; Sustainability of Common Forests in Northern India. Sponsors include the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.


IED is a member of the Northeast Universities Development Consortium, which sponsors an annual conference that is the major forum in North America for the field of development economics. The location and sponsorship of the conference rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Harvard University, Yale University, Williams College Tufts University and Cornell University. Click here for the NEUDC webpage.

Weekly IED/International Economics Seminar Series

During the 2013 academic year twenty IED/International Economics Seminars were scheduled. Authors and titles include: Joshua Goodman (Harvard Kennedy School): “First Degree Earns: The Impact of College Quality on College Completion Rates”; Salvatore Nunnari (UC San Diego): “Dynamic Legislative Bargaining with Veto Power”; Gani Aldashev (University of Namur, CRED): “Awareness and AIDS: A Political Economy Perspective” (joint with Jean-Marie Baland); Sheetal Sekhri (University of Virginia): “Prestige Matters: Value of Networks Formed in Colleges”; Dara Lee (University of Missouri): “The Impact of Childhood Health on Adult Educational Attainment: Evidence from Mandatory School Vaccination Laws”; Rajiv Sethi (Barnard): “Perspectives, Opinions, and Information Flows”; Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Harvard University): “Incentivizing schooling for learning: Evidence on the impact of alternative targeting approaches” (by Felipe Barrera-Osorio and Deon Filmer); Raffaella Sadun (Harvard Business School): “Managerial Capital at the Top: Evidence from Indian CEOs”; Tavneet Suri (MIT): “Rural Roads and Intermediated Trade: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Sierra Leone”; Rema Hanna (Harvard Kennedy School): “THE EFFECT OF POLLUTION ON LABOR SUPPLY: EVIDENCE FROM A NATURAL EXPERIMENT IN MEXICO CITY”; David Weil (Brown University): “Malaria and Early African Development: Evidence from the Sickle Cell Trait,” joint with Emilio Depetris Chauvin (Brown University); Stephen Coate (Cornell): “Evaluating Durable Public Good Provision using Housing Prices”; Eliana La Ferrara (Università Bocconi): “Does interaction affect racial prejudice and cooperation? Evidence from randomly assigned peers in South Africa”; Monika Schnitzer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, visiting Harvard): “Spillovers of Venture Capital”; Leigh Linden (University of Texas at Austin): “The Effects of “Girl-Friendly” Schools: Evidence from the BRIGHT School Construction Program in Burkina Faso”; Claudio Ferraz (Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro): “Rewarding Violence Control: The Electoral Effects of Pacifying Rio’s Favelas”; Duncan Thomas (Duke): “The Impact of a Natural Disaster on Child Health”; Nishith Prakash (Uconn Storrs): “Cycling to School: Increasing High School Enrollment for Girls in India”; Sandip Sukhtankar (Dartmouth, visiting Harvard): “Fiscal Federalism and Local Politics”; and Miguel Uriquola (Columbia): “College reputation and educational market performance”.

Research Review

Beginning in 1999, the Institute began publishing an annual review of research activities. It includes summaries of discussion papers written during the year as well as highlighting other research efforts of IED research affiliates. This review is mailed to over 1400 development economists world-wide and is also available on the IED website.

Visiting Scholars

The Institute has served as host to visiting scholars from all over the world who want to focus on development economic issues. Recently, Stefan Napel has been collaborating with Dilip Mookherjee on inequality and mobility in a market economy, apart from monograph on the subject. Patrick Legros is collaborating with Andrew Newman on assortative matching. Thomas Gall is also collaborating with Professor Newman and Legros on human capital investment in the presence of matching distortions. Alejandra Traferri is currently working in the field of micro-econometrics, bias correction methods in non-linear models with multiple fixed effects, focusing in ordered profit models. Lastly Fernanda Estevan a 4th year PhD student from Belgium is currently working in the field of microeconomics with a broad interest in education with topics related to public and development economics.

Distinguished Visitors Program

Beginning in 2008 the distinguished visitors program invites distinguished visitors from the different concentrations of economics to give two lectures and one seminar. This exchange of ideas has been a great success allowing the distinguished visitor to disseminate their research to faculty, and students.