Paul Streeten Distinguished Lecture on Global Development Policy

The Paul Streeten Distinguished Lecture in Global Development Policy celebrates the example and legacy of Professor Paul Streeten as an eminent economist and interdisciplinary scholar who has had a significant impact on global development policy. The joint sponsorship of this lecture by Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center, the Institute for Economic Development, and the Department of Economics reflects the breadth of his engagement at Boston University during his years as Professor of Economics and Director of the World Development Institute.

2021 Streeten Lecture – Wednesday, March 3, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM EST

The 2021 Distinguished Speaker is Ann E. Harrison, renowned economist and Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Dr. Harrison conducts research on multinational firms, foreign direct investment, international trade and global strategy, emerging markets, China and India. She has dedicated her career to creating inclusive and sustainable policies in development economics, international trade, and global labor markets. In 2017, Dr. Harrison and her co-authors were awarded the Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which is considered one of China’s most prestigious honors in economics.

Relying on history and economics, Dr. Harrison summarized the state of the literature on the effective role of the state in promoting innovation and growth, drawing on examples of India and China. Following the lecture, Dr. Harrison answered questions from the audience. Kevin P. Gallagher, Professor of Global Development Policy and Director of the GDP Center, and Dilip Mookherjee, Professor of Economics, introduced and moderated the discussion.


This distinguished lectureship honors Professor Streeten’s rigorous scholarship, interdisciplinarity, and policy involvement, which have been manifested throughout his career. He has made significant contributions to the economic theory of industry and trade with articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, The Journal of International Economics, and the American Economic Review.  Professor Streeten also founded what has become the world’s leading interdisciplinary journal in development studies, World Development. His groundbreaking scholarly books, such as First Things First: Meeting Basic Human Needs in the Developing Countries (Oxford University Press) and Thinking About Development (Cambridge University Press), have dealt with broad and important development questions.

Professor Streeten’s scholarly research and his direct engagement with development policy have made substantial contributions to the policy discourse on global development. He served as Deputy Director General of the Economic Planning Staff of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Overseas Development; then as senior adviser to the World Bank he helped to formulate the Bank’s policies on basic needs during the 1970s; and his scholarly work laid the foundations of what became the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI) that emphasized and quantified the importance of education and human health as essential components of the development process. During the 1990s he provided major inputs into the UNDP’s Human Development Report and UNESCO’s World Culture Report.

The annual Paul Streeten Distinguished Lectureship in Global Development Policy has three goals. First and foremost, it honors the impact and legacy of Paul Streeten’s scholarship and policy engagement. Second, the lectureship seeks to shine light on scholars working in the ‘Streeten tradition’ who pursue rigorous scientific research while connecting with other disciplines and the policy community to advance financial stability, human well-being, good governance and environmental sustainability across the developing world. Third, the lectureship hopes to inspire younger scholars to pursue interdisciplinary research on pressing development problems and thereafter engage actively with the policy community.

Previous Lectures:

2019 Streeten Lecture, ft. Joseph E. Stiglitz: