February 26, 2014
Lecture: Edward Miguel, “Climate, Conflict and African Development”
4:45 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and faculty director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. He earned BS degrees in both economics and mathematics from MIT, received a PhD in economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Stanford University. Miguel’s main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India. Miguel is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Journal of Development Economics, recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics. Miguel has written two books, Africa’s Turn? (MIT Press 2009), and, with Ray Fisman, Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press 2008). Economic Gangsters has been translated into seven languages, and Nicholas Kristof, of the New York Times, praises it as “smart and eminently readable.” Miguel’s other writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and the New York Times.