Workshops and Lectures

Weekly Workshops

The Economic Growth Center sponsors two weekly workshops and a weekly lunch: 


Simon Kuznets Lecture Series

Faculty members of the Economic Growth Center at Yale founded the Simon Kuznets Lecture Series in 1986.  The series honors the late Simon Kuznets who helped establish the Center in 1961 and received the Nobel Prize in economics in 1971.  The series is dedicated to “Quantitative Aspects of the Economic Growth of Nations,” the title Kuznets gave to his pioneering series of ten short monographs that were published by Economic Development and Cultural Change between 1956 and 1967.

The speaker and topic for the 2018 Kuznets Lecture is yet to be announced.

Pete Klenow of Stanford University presented the 27th Kuznets Lecture on April 18, 2017. The title of his presentation was “Firms and Growth.”

James Robinson of University of Chicago presented the 26th Kuznets Lecture on April 12, 2016.  The title of his presentation was “Paths of State Building.”

Andrei Shleifer, Professor of Economics from Harvard University presented “Educated Entrepreneurs” for the 25th Kuznets Lecture held on April 14, 2015.

Elhanan Helpman of Harvard University presented the 24th Kuznets Lecture on April 22, 2014.  The title of his presentation was “Trade and Inequality.”

Daron Acemoglu of MIT presented the 23rd Kuznets Lecture on February 19, 2013.  The title of his presentation was “Innovation, Reallocation and Growth.”

The 22nd Kuznets Lecture was presented by Justin Yifu Lin from The World Bank on March 1, 2011. His presentation was entitled “New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development.”

The 21st Kuznets Lecture was presented by Robert Allen from Oxford University on October 7, 2010. His subject was “Why Was the Industrial Revolution British?”

The 20th Kuznets Lecture was presented by Oded Galor from Brown University. For the formal lecture on April 16, 2009, Professor Galor’s topic was  ”Unified Growth Theory and Comparative Economic Development.”  On April 15, he presented a lecture to a graduate class in economic development, “Inequality and the Process of Development: A Unified Perspective.”

A complete list of Kuznets speakers and their topics is available.


Quantifying Problems in Ancient History: Working with Numbers from the Distant Past

Friday, May 6, 2016 

Yale Conference on Political Economy and Development 

Friday, October 30th, and Saturday, 31st, 2015

21st BREAD Conference

Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development
May 11-12, 2012

NEUDC 2011

NEUDC 2011 was held at Yale University and hosted by the Economic Growth Center in conjunction with the EGC 50th anniversary celebration.
The Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference is a major forum in development economics. NEUDC has organized annual conferences in development economics since 1967. The location and sponsorship of the annual NEUDC conference usually rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Williams College and Yale University.