Talk topics

Ted has lectured on a wide variety of topics related to his research, including the relationship between climate and violence, patterns of African economic and political development, the need for greater transparency in social science research, electrification and development, and links between health, education and productivity for the poor. He has also given public lectures on his books, Economic GangstersAfrica's Turn?, and Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research. Most talks listed below are public lectures, often with slides, audio and video recordings. For a more complete list of talks (including academic seminars and conferences), refer to his CV.


AEA Nobel Laureate Address -- Tribute to Prof. Michael Kremer
DateJanuary 4, 2021

Prof. Miguel gave a heart-felt tribute at the 2021 American Economic Association Annual Meetings to his long-time mentor, co-author and friend Prof. Michael Kremer, in recognition of Michael's receipt of the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.

Berkeley Conversations - COVID-19 in the Global South: Economic Impacts and Recovery
LocationBerkeley, CA
DateJune 10, 2020

This Berkeley Conversations webinar featured presentation by several CEGA affiliated faculty -- including Faculty Co-Directors Prof. Ted Miguel and Prof. Josh Blumenstock, and affiliates Prof. Supreet Kaur and Prof. Paul Niehaus (UCSD) -- discussing the economic toll of the pandemic, as well as promising public policy responses, including the targeting of cash transfers to vulnerable households. Miguel discussed results from phone survey data on economic, social, and health measures collected in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does Electrification Help the Poor?
LocationBarcelona, Spain
DateOctober 4, 2019

This public lecture was a keynote event of the opening of the academic year at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Miguel covered new experimental research examining the socio-economic impacts of connecting rural households to the electric grid in Kenya. 

Innovations in Open Science in Economics
LocationStanford University
DateSeptember 6, 2019

The adoption of pre-registration has increased rapidly in Economics since the start of the American Economic Association registry in 2013. We discuss recent evidence on the practice of pre-registration in Economics, including opportunities for improvement. We survey frontier topics in pre-registration in the field, including the collection of expert forecasts, pre-specifying the research process, the pre-registration of prospective observational studies, and recent journal efforts to incorporate pre-results review.

Research Transparency and Reproducibility in Economics and Beyond
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
DateJuly 21, 2019

As part of the NBER Summer Institute Methods Lecture series, Ted discusses issues of research transparency and reproducibility in economics and other social science research fields. He draws on his book Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research (joint with Garret Christensen and Jeremy Freese) and the latest research on publication bias, replication, pre-registration and pre-analysis plans, and trends in the adoption of open science practices across fields. (View video at:

Impacts of Vocational Education and Cash on Kenyan Youth
LocationGoogle Community Space, San Francisco, CA
DateNovember 1, 2018

As one of the speakers at CEGA's flagship event Evidence to Action 2018: The Future and Reality of Work, Ted presented findings from randomized studies on providing grants for vocational education to young people.

Ethical Economics for a World in Conflict
LocationPontifical Javierian University, Bogota, Colombia
DateOctober 10, 2018

This public lecture at the Pontifical Javerian University (Universidad Javeriana) in Colombia highlighted Prof. Miguel's work on the links between climate change and conflict, and in advancing research transparency and replicability in the social sciences.

New Evidence on the Economics of Rural Electrification
LocationAix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France
DateJune 25, 2018

This public lecture on "New Evidence on the Economics of Rural Electrification" was a keynote for the 17th Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet, Europe's premier conference on public economics, held annually at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Climate, Conflict and Development
LocationColorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
DateMay 3, 2018

This public lecture focused on research on the links between extreme climate, economic development, and human violence, and its implications for our societies in the coming century.

Climate, Conflict and Economic Development: The Next 50 Years
LocationUniversity of Oslo, Norway
DateOctober 19, 2017

Presented in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Eilert Sundt, a pioneering Norwegian social scientist, this public lecture focused on research on the links between extreme climate, economic development, and human violence, and its implications for our societies in the coming century. The presentation also connected recent research to Sundt's seminal 19th century observations.