The 2016 WIDER Annual Lecture by Martin Ravallion will be held on Wednesday, 23 March 2016, at Stockholm School of Economics. The event is being organized by UNU-WIDER in collaboration with the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE).
Martin Ravallion is a leading economist in the research of poverty and policies for fighting it. He is best known for his proposal of the “$1 per day” poverty line, which became very widely accepted a universal measurement for monitoring progress against global poverty. He holds the inaugural Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University. Until 2013, he was Director of the World Bank’s Development Research Group.
During the 2016 WIDER Annual Lecture, he will discuss the economic and political issues of the use of direct interventions, such as cash transfers and in kind contributions, against poverty. There is much hope for these interventions, but also much frustration; their performance in reality has often fallen short of policymakers’ expectations. The lecture will review the evidence on both the successes and failures, based on the many impact evaluations that have been done over the last 15 years.
For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.
Stockholm School of Economics
Aula, Sveavägen 65 (entrance from Bertil Ohlins gata)