Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Development

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference and Visitor Center, AUC New Cairo
Event Type
Lecture/Panel
Contact
Abdelrahman Nagy
Department
School of Business

Join the AUC Department of Economics, the Economic Research Forum (ERF) and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) for a lecture and panel discussion entitled “Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Development: How Evidence Can Inform Better Policy in MENA.”

Despite urgent challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa, there is significant potential for growth and development. Around the world, evidence on how effective social programs and policies have helped decision-makers harness such opportunities and accomplish development goals. Professor Abhijit Banerjee's lecture will focus on a particular type of impact evaluation, known as randomized evaluation that J-PAL affiliates specialize in, and how evidence from these evaluations can be used to develop effective policies and programs tailored to the unique needs of the MENA region. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Professor Banerjee, moderated by Professor Ragui Assaad.

Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. He is the author of a large number of articles and three books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. Banerjee received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers in 2011.

Assaad is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC.  He is also a professor in the Global Policy Area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development.  

This lecture will be of interest to a diverse audience that includes economists, development practitioners, policy makers and executives from the private sector, among others.

Please note that due to limited space, we kindly request that you confirm your attendance as soon as possible using this link.   


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