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 Gangsters and Africa's Turn? 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.

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Climate, Conflict and Development
LocationColorado College, Colorado Spring, 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.

Life is a Lab Lecture: Climate and Conflict
LocationBergen, Norway
DateOctober 18, 2017

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.

Transparency, Reproducibility and the Credibility of Economics Research
LocationZeppelin University, Germany
DateOctober 13, 2017

Ted presented on issues of research transparency and reproducibility to the MAER-Net group, with a particular focus on the application of pre-analysis plans and study registration to meta-analysis research.

Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) 2017
LocationUC Berkeley
DateJune 2, 2017

Ted was invited to present the keynote talk at the World Bank's Annual Bank Conference on Africa, "The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture" on June 2nd, 2017. The two-day meeting covered various topics pertaining agricultural productivity and nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prospects for Rural Electrification in Africa
LocationLisbon, Portugal
DateJuly 14, 2016

As one of the keynote speakers for the 2016 NOVAFRICA Conference for Economic Development in Africa, Ted spoke about the latest research on rural electrification in Africa. The talk included a discussion of the lack of research knowledge on energy as it relates to development, as well as recent findings on the impacts of electrification. Ted referenced recent publications, including "Experimental Evidence on the Demand for and Costs of Rural Electrification" and "Appliance Ownership and Aspirations among Electric Grid and Home Solar Households in Rural Kenya."

Can War Foster Cooperation?
LocationNairobi, Kenya
DateJuly 12, 2016

Ted spoke as one of two keynote speakers at the SEEDEC 2016 conference hosted by the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.The presentation was based on his paper in the Journal of Economics Perspectives (joint with Michal Bauer, Chris Blattman, Julie Chytilova, Joe Henrich, and Tamar Mitts) that combines evidence on war's impacts over the last decade from 16 studies across over 40 countries. Ted discussed the main findings, that individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and prosocial behavior, and that while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement.

 

 

Transparency and Reproducibility in Economics Research
LocationStanford University
DateMay 16, 2016

Ted was invited to give a talk at the METRICS Forum at Stanford University. The presentation covered recent progress towards research transparency in the social sciences, made the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values, and specifically discussed prospects for pre-specifying research hypotheses in prospective observational studies.

Prospects for Rural Electrification in Africa
LocationGeorge Washington University
DateApril 28, 2016

At George Washington University's Economics and Political Economy of Africa Conference hosted by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), Ted discussed the prospects for rural electrification in Africa. The talk touched on various issues surrounding rural electrification and its impacts, including a discussion of the gap between public spending and research knowledge. Ted referenced recent publications, including "Experimental Evidence on the Demand for and Costs of Rural Electrification" and "Appliance Ownership and Aspirations among Electric Grid and Home Solar Households in Rural Kenya."

Transparency and Reproducibility in Economics Research
LocationBerkeley, California
DateApril 22, 2016

There is growing interest in research transparency and reproducibility in economics and other scientific fields. We survey existing work on these topics within economics and discuss the evidence suggesting that publication bias, inability to replicate, and specification searching remain widespread problems in the discipline. We next discuss recent progress in this area, including improved research design, study registration and pre-analysis plans, disclosure standards, and open sharing of data and materials, and draw on experiences in both economics and other social sciences. We discuss areas where consensus is emerging on new practices as well as approaches that remain controversial and speculate about the most effective ways to make economics research more accurate, credible, and reproducible in the future.