Seminar Series – Fall 2022

A weekly seminar hosted jointly with the World Bank featuring guest speakers presenting cutting-edge research in development economics.

Please note that the series this semester will be in person. All seminars will take place from 12:30-1:45 on Thursdays in ICC 550. 

Tom Vogl; University of California, San Diego

September 7, 2022

Fertility and the Education of Parents and Children in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa exhibits higher fertility and lower education than the rest of the world. Economic and demographic theory posit that these phenomena are linked, with slow fertility decline connected to slow education growth among both adults and children. Using microdata from 33 African countries, this paper documents the co-evolution of adult education, fertility, and child education across successive female birth cohorts within countries or subnational regions. Fertility change displays a robust negative relationship with the educational outcomes of adult women but a more nuanced relationship with the educational outcomes of children. As fertility declines, children’s grade attainment rises, but their school enrollment does not. The divergence is partly explained by a split in how changes in women’s education relate to changes in fertility and child education. Rising women’s education predicts declining fertility and rising children’s grade attainment but is not. 

Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford

September 15, 2022

Cecilia Garcia-Peñalosa, Aix-Marseille School of Economics

September 22, 2022

Corinne Low, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

September 29, 2022

Mauricio Romero, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

October 6, 2022

Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University

October 13, 2022

Frank Schilbach, MIT

October 20, 2022

Rebecca Dizon-Ross, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

October 27, 2022

Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania

November 3, 2022

Christina Brown, University of Chicago

November 10, 2022

Marie Christelle Mabeu, Stanford University

November 17, 2022

Arthur Blouin, University of Toronto

December 1, 2022