Conferences & Lectures

Upcoming Events


13th Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

6-7 May 2016
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics, Harvard University.
  • Web site

Past Events


11th Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

2-3 May 2014
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • Democratic Institutions as Robust Control
  • Keynote Speaker: Tim Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, University of London.
  • Web site

International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, ICAE/IAAE Pre-Congress Symposium

18-24 August, 2012
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

  • Globalization, Macroeconomic Imbalances and South America's Potential to be the World's Food Basket
  • Organizers: Terry Roe, University of Minnesota; Munisamy Gopinath, Oregon State University
  • Additional information with program and paper titles (PDF, 736 kB)

Ninth Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

20-21 April 2012
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • Why Nations Fail
  • Keynote Speaker: Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and author (with James Robinson) of Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Cambridge University Press, January 2006.

The Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy

30 September 2011

  • Food Policy Challenges and Opportunities 2011 and Beyond. A Political Economy Perspective
  • Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University
  • PowerPoint presentation (PDF, 2.81 MB)

Eighth Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

April 15-16, 2011
Lowell Center
University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA

  • Keynote Speaker: Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

Seventh Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

16-17 April 2010
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • “Improving policies and building knowledge for development: the role of creative experimentation”
  • Keynote Speaker: Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy

21 January 2010

  • “Making Sense of Copenhagen: Toward a More Effective Policy on Global Warming.”
  • David G. Victor, Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Director, International Law and Regulation Laboratory at the University of California-San Diego.
  • Lectures notes with slides (PDF, 240 kb)

Sixth Annual Midwest International Economic Development Conference

1-2 May 2009
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • “The Formation of the State: Evidence from Colombia”
  • Keynote Speaker: James A. Robinson, Professor of Government, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Fall 2008 Symposium Co-sponsored by The Food Industry Center and CIFAP

23 October 2008
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • “Future Food Scarcity: Global Causes and Local Consequences”
  • Plenary speakers from academia, food businesses, global food and international lending agencies, and policy researchers

The Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy

31 January 2008

  • “Whither U.S. Agricultural Trade Policy?”
  • Ambassador Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Fourth Annual Minnesota International Economic Development Conference

4-5 May 2007
MacNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • “The Profits of Power: Land Rights and Agricultural Investment in Ghana”
  • Christopher Udry, Director of the Economic Growth Center and Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics at Yale University