Programs & Events

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.

Boston University Political Economy Reading Group

In the Boston University Political Economy Reading Group (BUPERG) meetings, graduate students from Boston University’s 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.

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.

More than 100 people participated in the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future’s annual conference, Development That Works, held at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. For more information about the conference and a video of Session 4, please visit the Pardee Center website.

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.