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GPED Forum

Each fall and spring the GPED 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. The GPED Forum is typically held 2-3 times a semester.  The seminar lasts for about an hour and takes place on campus during a weekday afternoon. A group of students usually takes the speaker out for drinks, pizza, and conversation after the seminar, and individual students can meet one-on-one with our visitors during the day. Forum seminars are open to all GPED alumni and members of the Vanderbilt community. 

Spring 2020

Charles Becker

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Buttrick Hall 102, 4:00-5:20 pm
Charles Becker
Development Economist & Research Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University
"Bride Kidnapping in the Kyrgyz Republic: Causes, Consequences, and Assortative Mating"

Fall 2019


Thursday, September 19, 2019
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Second-year students Caleb Espinoza, Aaron Ferguson, Arika Kayastha and Maria Silat
"Overview of Economics 7930 course and experiences conducting fieldwork in Chile"


Thursday, October 17, 2019
Buttrick Hall 102, 4:00-5:20 pm
Lorez Qehaja

Senior Consultant at UBO Consulting
"Employment Programs and the Effect of Institutions: The Case of Kosovo"


Thursday, November 7, 2019
Buttrick Hall 102, 4:00-5:20 pm

Hanchen Jiang

PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University
"Ignorance is Bliss? Rent Regulation, Policy Awareness, and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from New York City"


Thursday, November 21, 2019
Buttrick Hall 102, 4:00-5:20 pm

Collette Wheeler

Economist at The World Bank
"The Global Economy at a Crossroad: Policy Action and Challenges"

Spring 2019


Thursday, February 7, 2019
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Rebecca West
SEO Content Strategist at Toptal

"L.E.T.S. Play and Experiences Working in Chile"


Thursday, April 18, 2019
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Enver Güney
Executive Managing Director and Board Member of Uni-Mar Energy Investments

Fall 2018

DJ 2
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Ambassador Djani
Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations
"Global Change and the Role of the Multilateral System"
Damir 2
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Development Economist & Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
"Researching Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan: Lessons from Two Impact Evaluation Studies”
Wednesday, October 10, 2019
Calhoun Hall 109, 12:30-1:30 pm
Khaliungoo Ganbat
Exernal Relations Manager at Centerra Gold Inc. 
“Making Community Development Agreements in the Mining Sector”
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Wondimu Manalew
Economics PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI)
"Does Education Reduce Child Marriage? Evidence from an Education Policy Reform in Ethiopia"
Paraguay 3
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Garland Hall 101, 4:30-5:50 pm
Presentation of research conducted by GPED students in ECON 7930 Field Experience in Economic Development, May 2018, Paraguay


Spring 2018

   Claudio 2

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Cláudio de Moura Castro
Chair, the Advisory Council of Pitágoras College and
Director, Faculdade da Saúde e Ecologia Humana
"Does the profit motive hurt the quality of higher education?"

Fall 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Panicos Demetriades
Former Governor, Central Bank of Cyprus and
Member of the ECB Governing Council
"A Diary of the Euro Crisis in Cyprus"

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Furman Hall 114, 12:30-1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Hanchen Jiang
GPED alumnus and Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Johns Hopkins University
"Human Capital Formation in Early Childhood: Implications for Poverty, Inequality and Policy"

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Dante Mossi
Senior Operations officer for Energy Global Practice for West and Central Africa Region, The World Bank
"Poverty and Paraguay: What works, and why"

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm
Jeff Nugent
Professor of Economics and Business, University of Southern California
"Business Associations in Developing Countries: What Can They Do, How and When?"