Speakers and discussants

Daron Acemoglu, MIT

Daron Acemoglu is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. He was the recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005 and the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in 2012. His principal interests are political economy, development economics, economic growth, technology, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and labor economics. His most recent works concentrate on the role of institutions in economic development and political economy.

Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

Philippe Aghion is Professor of Economics at Harvard University, having previously been Professor at University College London, an Official Fellow at Oxford's Nuffield College, and an Assistant Professor at MIT. His main research work is on growth theory and contract theory. With Peter Howitt, he developed the so-called Schumpeterian growth paradigm, which they extended in several directions and then used to analyze growth policy design. Aghion is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, he was received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award which rewards a European economist under age 45.

Robin Burgess, London School of Economics

Robin Burgess is a Professor of Economics, a Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre, and a Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme all at the London School of Economics. His areas of research interest include development economics, public economics, political economy, labor economics and environmental economics. He received a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Vasco Carvalho, CREI

Vasco Carvalho is a Junior Researcher at Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREi). He is also affiliated with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona GSE and the Center for Economic Policy Research. His research focuses on macroeconomic theory, time series econometrics, as well as the macroeconomics of networks. Carvalho holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Brian Copeland, University of British Columbia

Brian Copeland is Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia. His research has focused on developing analytical techniques to study the interaction between international trade and the environment. He has investigated the role of environmental policy in affecting trade flows, the design of environmental policy in open economies, the interaction between trade in goods and trade in pollution permits, and the effects of trade liberalization on renewable resource management and on environmental outcomes. Copeland has a PhD from Stanford University.

Melissa Dell, Harvard University

Melissa Dell holds a Junior Fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows and a junior faculty position at Harvard University's Department of Economics. She is currently a Junior Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, and her research focuses on the interplay between institutions and long-run development.

Olivier Deschenes, University of California Santa Barbara

Olivier Deschenes is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Management. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Director of the Environment and Employment Research Area at IZA. His recent research seeks to determine the potential economic impacts of climate change on human health and agricultural productivity in the U.S. and around the world using historical data. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Dave Donaldson, MIT

Dave Donaldson has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2009. He was a CIFAR Junior Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program from 2009 to 2011. He completed MSc and PhD degrees in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2003 and 2009, respectively. His research is primarily concerned with the role of trade, both international and intra-national, in the process of economic development.

Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University

Eliana La Ferrara is the Fondazione Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University and received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. She is a Fellow and a Board member of BREAD, a Fellow of CEPR and IGIER, and serves as Associate Editor for the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, the World Bank Economic Review and the Journal of African Economies. Her research is in the field of development economics, with a focus on the role of ethnicity, social norms and institutions.

Andrew Foster, Borwn University

Andrew Foster is Professor of Economics, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Director of the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. He is an empirical microeconomist with interests in the areas of population, environment, development, and health. Recent work has examined economic growth in rural India, exploring such issues as growth in the non-farm economy and the effects of local democratization. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Meredith Fowlie, Berkeley

Meredith Fowlie is Assistant Professor at Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley. Fowlie's research interests lie in environmental economics and empirical industrial organization. Her current work focuses on market-based environmental regulation, electricity markets, technology adoption, and the economics of climate change mitigation. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bård Harstad, University of Oslo and Kellogg School of Management

Bård Harstad is Professor at the University of Oslo and the Max McGraw Chair in Management and Environment at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His fields of interests include political economics, contract theory and environmental economics. His most recent work on climate change economics has been published in journals like Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies.

David Hemous, INSEAD

David Hemous is an Assistant Professor of Economics at INSEAD, and he received his Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University. His research interests include international trade, macroeconomics, economic growth, environmental economics and contract theory. His research has been published in the American Economic Review and Journal of Monetary Economics.

Dean Karlan, Yale University

Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Yale University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action. Karlan is a research fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. Much of his work uses behavioral economics insights and approaches to examine economic and policy issues relevant to developing countries as well as to domestic charitable fundraising and political participation. He holds a Ph.D in economics from MIT.

Larry Karp, Berkeley

Larry Karp is Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. His research applies dynamic methods to the study of agricultural, resource, and environmental problems. He has also contributed to the fields of industrial organization, international trade, and development. Professor Karp earned his PhD from University of California, Davis.

Thomas S. Lontzek, University of Zurich

Thomas S. Lontzek is post-doctoral research fellow at University of Zurich. In his current research, he analyzes optimal mitigation policies and carbon taxes in the face of uncertainty about damages from climate change. He is the co-author of DSICE, the stochastic dynamic general equilibrium extension of the DICE2007 model. Using DSICE, he studies the optimal economic responses to climate change risks. He received his masters from University of Maastricht and his PhD from University of Kiel.

Masayuki Kudamatsu, IIES

Masayuki Kudamatsu joined the IIES as assistant professor in 2007, after obtaining a PhD in economics at London School of Economics. His fields of research are development economics and political economy. The research questions he has been addressing include whether democracy improves population health, what makes autocrats accountable to citizens, how year-to-year weather fluctuations affect the survival of children in Africa, and how social connections among policy-makers affect political selection in China.

Elisabeth Moyer, University of Chicago

Elisabeth Moyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at University of Chicago and a co-director of the University of Chicago's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy. She received her doctorate in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2001. Her research interests include atmospheric water vapor and clouds, the primary sources of uncertainty in forecasts of future climate; climate response to greenhouse-gas forcing; climate impacts on human societies; and climate and energy policy evaluation.

Peter Nilsson, IIES

Peter Nilsson is an assistant professor at IIES. He previously held a post-doc position at SIEPR, Stanford University. Currently his research focuses on labor and health economics and in particular (i) the causes and long term consequences of early life/childhood development and human capital accumulation, and (ii) the influence of social networks on economic outcomes.

Rick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford

Rick van der Ploeg is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford . He is Co-Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre). His current research interests are the economics of natural resources, the political economy of climate change and development economics. He has published extensively in the fields of international macroeconomics, public finance, political economy, and environmental and resource economics.

John Van Reenen, London School of Economics

John Van Reenen is Professor at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and director of its Centre for Economic Performance. His interests lie in the impact of innovation on jobs, skills, wages and productivity. He also works in the areas of labour markets, competition policy, industrial economics, health systems and econometrics. A Fellow of the British Academy, he received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in 2009.

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Princeton University

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg is a professor of economics in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is a faculty associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He performs research in macroeconomics, international trade, and urban economics. His research focuses on topics such as the internal structure of cities, the distribution of economic activity in space, economic growth, the size distribution of cities and the international organization of production.

Jakob Svensson, IIES

Jakob Svensson is a Professor of economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. His research interests include corruption, accountability in service delivery programs, and political economy. He is an affiliate of both CEPR and JPAL. In 2010 he received the Assar Lindbeck medal, which is given to the economist(s) in Sweden under the age of 45 whose work have gained the most international recognition. Svensson has a PhD from Stockholm University.

Hans-Werner Sinn, University of Munich

Hans-Werner Sinn is Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich (LMU), President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Director of the University of Munich's Center for Economic Studies and Director of CESifo. He is a member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the German Ministry of Economics as well as former president of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF). Sinn is author of more than 20 monographs and 135 scientific articles.

Tony Smith, Yale University

Tony Smith is Professor of Economics and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Economics at Yale University. He is a macroeconomist and applied econometrician whose most recent research focuses on the macroeconomics of global climate change. The purpose of this research is to evaluate quantitatively how government policies designed to reduce global warming affect the welfare of different regions around the world. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1990 and has taught previously at Queen's University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Rochester.

Robert Townsend, MIT

Robert M. Townsend is the Elizabeth & James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. He is a theorist, macroeconomist, and development economist who analyzes the role and impact of financial systems using applied general equilibrium models/contract theory and micro data. He is known for his seminal work on costly state verification, the revelation principle, optimal multi-period contracts, decentralization of economies with private information, models of money with spatially separated agents, forecasting the forecasts of others, and insurance and credit in developing countries.

Christian Traeger, Berkeley

Christian Trager is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. Holding B.A. and M.A. degrees in both Economics and Physics, Traeger received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Heidelberg in 2006. His research areas are environmental economics, decision theory and intertemporal welfare analysis with particular focus on uncertainty, discounting, and climate change.

Xavier Vives, IESE Business School

Xavier Vives is professor of economics and finance, holder of the Abertis Chair of Regulation, Competition and Public Policy, and academic director of the Public-Private Research Center at IESE Business School. He is also adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley. His fields of interest are industrial organization and regulation, the economics of information, and banking and financial economics.

Catherine Wolfram, Haas School of Business

Catherine Wolfram is an associate professor of business administration at the Haas School of Business and co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas. Her research focuses on the economics of energy markets. She has studied the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets and the effects of electricity industry privatization and restructuring around the world. She received a PhD in economics from MIT. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University.