Programs & Events

Reading Groups

The main intention of reading groups is to encourage presentation of research in progress in order to generate feedback and discussion. Reading groups are formed and managed entirely by PhD students, with the support and involvement of at least one faculty member per group. The IED provides financial support for student reading groups in the following areas: Political Economy, Macro, Labor, Development, Econometrics, International Trade, and Health Economics. The schedule of reading group meetings can be found here.

For information specifically regarding the Development Reading Group, please click here.

Research Grants

The IED administers many grants for IED-affiliated faculty. Please contact Eleanor Langdon with questions (


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.

Weekly IED/International Economics Seminar Series

The IED seminar brings researchers from institutions world-wide to give a lecture for faculty and students. The seminar is held on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00pm in Room 315 (264 Bay State Road) during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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. Please contact Eleanor Langdon with questions (

Distinguished Visitors Program

Starting in 2008, the Distinguished Visitors Program has invited 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.