Structural Change and Declining Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa 

Christopher Udry returned to Yale to deliver the 2024 Kuznets lecture, "Structural Change and Declining Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Udry is the Robert E. and Emily King Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and former director of the Yale Economic Growth Center.

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 was followed by a mini-conference showcasing cutting-edge research by early-career researchers on topics covered in the lecture. The 2024 mini-conference took place Friday, April 5.

Professor Christopher UdryUdry delivering the lecture

Chris Udry is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. His current research examines technological change, risk and financial markets, gender and households, property rights, psychological well-being and economic decision-making and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Board Member of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

The 2024 Kuznets Mini-Conference: Agriculture and Development

EGC brought together early-career researchers studying agricultural markets in low- and middle-income countries on April 5, 2024. Sagar Saxena, a postdoctoral associate at the Economic Growth Center, recapped the event with highlights and key takeaways from the conference.