Event Details

  • Changing Harmful Norms – 32nd Annual Kuznets Memorial Lecture by Eliana La Ferrara
  • Date and time: Thursday March 2, 2023, 4:00-5:30PM
  • Location: In person at Yale (venue to be announced), with live simulcast online. Reception to follow.
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Changing Harmful Norms

Eliana La Ferrara of Harvard University will deliver the 32nd Annual Kuznets Memorial Lecture, "Changing Harmful Norms" on Thursday March 2, 2023 at 4PM. The event will take place in-person at Yale with live simulcast online.

Hosted annually by the Yale Economic Growth Center since 1987, the Simon Kuznets Memorial Lecture features a prominent economist speaking on issues in economic development.

As with every Kuznets lecture since 2020, the talk will be followed by a mini-conference showcasing cutting-edge research by early-career researchers on topics covered in the lecture.  This year's mini-conference, "Norms, Gender, and Development", will take place Friday March 3, 2023. 

The Speaker

Eliana La Ferrara is a Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She is 2nd Vice-President of the Econometric Society and Program Director of Development Economics for the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She is also a J-PAL Affiliate, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association, and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Her research focuses on Development Economics and Political Economics, particularly on the role of social factors in economic development. Methodologically, she combines fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to address questions at the intersection of economics and other social sciences. She has studied ethnic diversity, kin structure and social norms, and the effects of television on social outcomes. She has also investigated political constraints to development, with particular focus on violent conflict in Africa. She regularly collaborates with governments and international organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of development policies.

La Ferrara's work has been published in leading economic journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others.

La Ferrara received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. Prior to joining Harvard, she was the Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, where she founded and directed the Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP). She was president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) in 2016-2019 and of the European Economic Association (EEA) in 2018. In 2020 she received the Birgit Grodal Award, which is awarded annually by the EEA to a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the Economics profession.