Workshops and Lectures

Weekly Workshops

The Economic Growth Center sponsors two weekly workshops and two weekly lunches: 



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.

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg of the World Bank and Yale University (on public service leave) will present the 30th Kuznets Lecture on February 27, 2020. The title of her presentation will be “Poverty Reduction in the Era of Waning Globalization.”

Richard Rogerson of Princeton University presented the 29th Kuznets Lecture on April 23, 2019. The title of his presentation was “Structural Change and Growth.”

Michael Kremer of Harvard University presented the 28th Kuznets Lecture on April 17, 2018. The title of his presentation was “Public Health Investments, Meta-Analysis, and Public Policy: The Case of Deworming.”

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 of Harvard University presented the 25th Kuznets Lecture on April 14, 2015, The title of his presentation was “Educated Entrepreneurs.”

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.”

Justin Yifu Lin of The World Bank presented the 22nd Kuznets Lecture on March 1, 2011.  The title of his presentation was “New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development.”

Robert Allen of Oxford University presented the 21st Kuznets Lecture on October 7, 2010. The title of his presentation was “Why Was the Industrial Revolution British?”

Oded Galor of Brown University presented the 20th Kuznets Lecture on April 16, 2009, The title of his presentation 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.


2017 Agriculture and Development Conference

March 31 - April 1, 2017

Institutions and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Historical and Contemporary Issues

October 14-15, 2016

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.