About the GPED Forum
Each fall and spring, the M.A./GPED program hosts influential economists and policy experts to present seminars on their important research or development activities. The GPED Forum provides students the opportunity to attend an interesting seminar, learn from the experiences of our speakers, and network. We typically host 2-3 seminars per semester, and each lasts about an hour. Students usually have the opportunity to meet and attend a social event with our visitors while they are here. The GPED Forum is open to current M.A./GPED students and Economics department members as well as to all GPED alumni and members of the Vanderbilt community.
Note: The GPED Forum is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this page for announcements about upcoming seminars when the Forum resumes.
Research Professor of Economics, Duke University
"Bride Kidnapping in the Kyrgyz Republic: Causes, Consequences, and Assortative Mating"
Caleb Espinoza, Aaron Ferguson, Arika Kayastha, and Maria Silat
GPED second-year students
"Overview of Economics 7930 course and experiences conducting fieldwork in Chile"
Senior Consultant, UBO Consulting
"Employment Programs and the Effect of Institutions: The Case of Kosovo"
Economics Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins University
"Ignorance is Bliss? Rent Regulation, Policy Awareness, and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from New York City"
Economist, The World Bank
"The Global Economy at a Crossroad: Policy Action and Challenges"
SEO Content Strategist, Toptal
"L.E.T.S. Play and Experiences Working in Chile"
Executive Managing Director and Board Member, Uni-Mar Energy Investments
Indonesia Permanent Representative to the United Nations
"Global Change and the Role of the Multilateral System"
Dr. Damir Esenaliev
Development Economist and Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
"Researching Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan: Lessons form Two Impact Evaluation Studies"
External Relations Manager, Centerra Gold Inc.
"Making Community Development Agreements in the Mining Sector"
Economics Ph.D. candidate, Purdue University
"Does Education Reduce Child Marriage? Evidence from an Education Policy Reform in Ethiopia"
Claudio de Moura Castro
Chair, Advisory Council of Pitagoras College and Director, Faculdaded da Saude e Ecologia Humana
"Does the profit motive hurt the quality of higher education?"
Former Governer, Central Bank of Cyprus and Member, ECB Governing Council
"A Diary of the Euro Crisis in Cyprus"
GPED alumnus and Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins University
"Human Capital Formation in Early Childhood: Implications for Poverty, Inequality and Policy"
Senior Operations Officer for Energy Global Practice for West and Central Africa, The World Bank
"Poverty and Paraguay: What works, and why"
Professor of Economics and Business, University of Southern California
"Business Associations in Developing Countries: What Can they Do, How and When?"