Join world-class faculty from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy to learn about their research on key topics in the field of international policy and development.

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Investing in Accelerating COVID-19 Vaccine Access

Fri., January 15, 2021 | 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

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Michael Kremer is a University Professor in economics and public policy at the University of Chicago, and the founding director of the Development Innovation Lab at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics. In 2019, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, together with Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

This talk will discuss vaccine policies during pandemics, arguing that the social value of early and large scale installation of vaccine manufacturing capacity is huge relative to the private returns and examining ways that governments can spur such investment. It will discuss the case of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as lessons to help address future pandemics


Computational Methods for Measuring Drug Trafficking Organizations

Fri., February 05, 2021 | 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

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Fernanda Sobrino Macias, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy will discuss an empirical model to assess when criminal groups enter a new territory and compete with others, and when such behavior produces violent outcomes.


Oligarchs and Ownership Chains: Political Economy in Ukraine Before and After the Orange Revolution

Fri., February 26, 2021 | 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

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Scott Gehlbach, a political economist and comparativist will share recent research with John S. Earle, Solomiya Shpak, and Anton Shirikov, where they link information from investigative journalists on the key holdings of numerous Ukrainian oligarchs with firm-level administrative data on formal ownership ties to examine defensive ownership.