Sustainable Development Seminar 2017/2018

Columbia University Sustainable Development Seminar

School of International & Public Affairs │Columbia University

Mondays, 4:15 - 5:45 PM 
Room 801, International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Spring 2018

Date   Speaker Presentation
 1/22Panos Varangis, The World Bank Linking Agricultural Insurance with Credit
 1/29(internal Columbia meeting) 
 2/5Jeanette Wing, Data Science Institute  Columbia UniversityData Science at Columbia
 2/12Fiona Burlig Economics and Energy Policy Institute, University of ChicagoDeterminants of the Cost of Electricity Supply in India
 2/19Wesley Blundell, Economics, Cal State East BayEscalationof Scrutiny: The Gains from Dynamic Enforcement of Environmental Regulations
 2/26Deepti Singh, EI Postdoc, Columbia UniversitySouth Asian Monsoon Extremes: historical changes, anthropogenic causes, and impacts on agricultural livelihoods
 3/5Mar Reguant, Economics, Northwestern University Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency
 3/12    Spring Break 
 3/19Jeffrey Shrader, SIPA, Columbia UniversityLabor Market Adjustment to News
 3/26Shanker Satyanath, Politics, NYU
Social Networks, Political Connections, and State Violence
 4/2(internal Columbia meeting) 
 4/9Solomon Hsiang, Goldman School, UC Berkeley The Marginal Product of Climate
 4/16Frances MooreEnvironmental Science and Policy, UC Davis Documenting Adjustment to Environmental Change Using Twitter: Perceptions of Normal and Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate
 4/23Rodrigo Soares, SIPA, Columbia University Impacts of Glyphosate Use in Agriculture on Birth Outcomes of Surrounding Populations
 4/30Eyal Frank, Woodrow Wilson School/Chicago Harris Estimating the Impacts of Wildlife Trade Bans

Fall 2017

Date    Speaker  Presentation
9/11Geoff Heal, Graduate School of Business & SIPA Why I Wrote My Latest Book Endangered Economies: Why the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity
 9/18Shuang Zhang, Economics, University of Colorado Willingness to Pay for Clean Air: Evidence from Air Purifier Markets in China
 9/25Catie Hausman, Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy, Univ Michigan Price Regulation and Environmental Externalities: Evidence from Methane Leaks
 10/2Kate Orff, Architecture and Urban Design, Columbia Toward an Urban Ecology
 10/9Marshall Burke, Dept. of Earth System Science, Stanford University One in five infant deaths in Africa attributable to poor air quality
 10/16Jaehyun Jung, Sustainable Development PhD Candidate How Does Abortion Respond to Weather Shocks?: Evidence from Rural Vietnam
 10/23Eugenie Dugoua, Sustainable Development PhD Candidate Directed Technological Change and International Environmental Agreements: Evidence from the Montreal Protocol
 10/30Francis AnnanSustainable Development PhD Candidate Credit-Induced Moral Hazard in Insurance: Theory and Evidence from Ghana
 11/6 No Classes 
 11/13Paul Lagunes, SIPA, Columbia UniversityStewards of Accountability: A Field Experiment on Corruption & Corruption in Local Public Works
 11/20Edson Severnini, Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon
A New Approach to Measuring Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation 
 11/27Johannes Urpelainen, Energy, Resources and Environment, Johns Hopkins SAISGreasing the Wheels: The Politics of Environmental Clearance in India
 12/4Reka Juhasz, Economics, Columbia UniversityDrivers of Fragmented Production Chains: Evidence from the 19th century 
 12/11Prabhjot SinghArnhold Institute for Global Health; Health System Design & Global Health, Mount Sinai
Lasting Global Health Impact at Scale

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