Friday, April 1, 2022 

Held in conjunction with the 31st Kuznets Lecture, the Kuznets Mini-Conference on Political Distortions and Economic Development highlighted current work on themes relevant to the Kuznets lecture. The mini-conference was co-organized by Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) and Nathan Canen (University of Houston), who is a co-author of Wantchekon's on papers related to political distortions and economic development.

Looking back on the 2022 Kuznets Mini-conference, “Political Distortions and Economic Development”

Nathan Canen and Julio Solis describe the event co-organized by Professor Leonard Wantchekon and Nathan Canen, featuring new studies on political economy by young researchers. The conference was part of the programming related to Professor Wantchekon’s delivery of the 31st Simon Kuznets Memorial Lecture, hosted by EGC.

Program Schedule

8:00 – 8:10am: Opening Remarks: Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), 31st Annual Kuznets Memorial speaker

8:10 – 9:40am:  Session 1 - Political Distortions: Theory

9:40 10:00am: Coffee Break

10:00am 11:30pm: Session 2 - Political Distortions: Empirics

11:30 - 12:15pm: Lunch 

12:151:00pm: Panel on Research and Research Directions in Political Distortions and Economic Development
Panelists: Rohini Pande (Yale University), Gerard Padro I Miquel (Yale University), and Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Session 3 - Institutional Experimentation

2:30pm: Concluding Remarks

Watch 31st Annual Kuznets Memorial Lecture: Political Distortions and Economic Development

Leonard Wantchekon of Princeton University delivered the 31st Annual Kuznets Memorial Lecture "Political Distortions and Economic Development" on March 31, 2022. He discussed recent research on the role of political institutions in economic growth and development, frictions induced by the political process, and institutional reforms that may curb such distortions.