Development That Works – Session 4: Economic Development


April 15, 2011

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.

The all-day conference was organized by the Pardee Center in collaboration with the Boston University Global Development program. Members of the organizing committee for the conference, who also served as session chairs, included Prof. Kevin Gallagher (International Relations), Prof. Dilip Mookherjee (Economics), Prof. Jonathon Simon (Center for Global Health and Development) and Prof. Adil Najam (Pardee Center). The conference had kicked off with a reception for panelists the previous evening.

The four panels at the Development that Works conference featured thirteen leading scholars and practitioners who discussed their work related to various aspects of development based on examples and experiences from around the world. From global development policy programs by agencies such as The World Bank to local programs delivering education, health and poverty alleviation services to rural villages in Africa and Asia, the speakers highlighted the challenges of creating programs that achieve the intended results and can be sustained over time. Lively question-and-answer sessions followed each panel discussion, providing an opportunity for the many development scholars, practitioner and students in the audience to interact with the presenters.

Panel #4: Economic Development: Abhijit Banerjee, Mark Rosenzweig, Asim Khawaja and Dilip Mookherjee.

Panel #4: Economic Development: Abhijit Banerjee, Mark Rosenzweig, Asim Khawaja and Dilip Mookherjee.

The fourth and final session of the day brought together a panel of leading economists looking at the evidence on Economic Development to discuss lessons about development that works. The panel was chaired by Dilip Mookherjee (Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Boston University) and speakers included Abhijit V. Banerjee (Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics and Director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mark Rosenzweig (Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics & Director, Economic Growth Center, Yale University) and Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School). This panel discussed the state of knowledge and evidence on the impact of development interventions and highlighted the need for deeper and more systematic enquiry into this evidence.

The Twitter feed for the event is available here. A conference report will be published by the Pardee Center later this year, and videos of the entire event will be available soon on the Pardee Center Multimedia page. A report of the reception for panelists held the previous evening is available here. A report of the conference published in The Daily Free Press is available here.