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.


Conflict, Climate + Development in Africa
LocationZurich, Switzerland
DateNovember 16, 2015

At the 2015 UBS Center Forum for Economic Dialogue in Zurich, Ted spoke on the topic of Conflict, Climate and Development in Africa. He spoke on his recent research with co-authors Solomon Hsiang and Marshall Burke on the links between extreme climate and violent conflict (which appeared in Science in 2013 here) and their article on the non-linear realtionship between temperature and economic productivity (Nature 2015 here). He discussed implications for public policy responses and climate change, and the prospects for future African economic development. (Ted starts speaking at minute 31:00.)

World Bank Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) Lecture
LocationWashington, DC USA
DateSeptember 15, 2015

We show that overall economic productivity is nonlinear in temperature for all countries, with productivity peaking at an annual average temperature of 13 C and declining strongly at higher temperatures. The relationship is globally generalizable, unchanged since 1960, and apparent for agricultural and non-agricultural activity in both rich and poor countries, with important implications. If future adaptation mimics past adaptation, unmitigated warming is expected to reshape the global economy by reducing average global incomes roughly 23% by 2100 and widening global income inequality, relative to scenarios without climate change. (Co-authors Marshall Burke and Solomon Hsiang)

Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) Summer Institute 2015
LocationUC Berkeley
DateJune 10, 2015

At the BITSS Summer Institute, "Transparency and Reproducibility Methods for Social Science Research", Ted presented on the methods and best practices for reproducible research and next steps in achieving greater transparency throughout Social Science research.

Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) 2015
LocationUC Berkeley
DateJune 8, 2015

Ted was invited to present the keynote talk at the World Bank's Annual Bank Conference on Africa, "Confronting Conflict and Fragility in Africa" on June 8th, 2015. The two-day meeting covered various topics pertinent to the causes, solutions, and understanding of conflict and fragility in sub-Saharan Africa.

Evidence to Action (E2A) 2015
DateMay 4, 2015

At CEGA's annual Evidence to Action (E2A) event, Ted presented on a large and influential Chlorine Dispensers project to highlight the advances in Development Engineering.

Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences - Research Transparency Forum
LocationDavid Brower Center, Berkeley, CA
DateDecember 11, 2014

The movement towards more transparency, reproducibility, and openness has gained a lot momentum in the social sciences. Yet, the norms and institutions that govern academic research do not reflect this culture shift. Significant problems remain, including professional incentives that reward striking and statistically significant research findings at the expense of scientific integrity.

Increasing the reliability and accuracy of scientific evidence requires well-defined standards of methodological rigor. At the same time, new tools and strategies to increase transparency must be integrated into existing research workflows to facilitate adoption. As the social sciences reinvent their practices around data, it is absolutely the right moment to build new channels of collaboration, cross-learning, and dissemination for innovative, open research practices.

The two-day conference brought together academic leaders, scholarly publishers, and policy-makers to discuss recent innovations in journal practices, academic training, data sharing, and evidence-based policy in light of the push for increased transparency.

The event was organized by BITSS in partnership with the Center for Effective Global Action, the Center for Open ScienceD-Lab, The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC): The Economics of Civil War
LocationSan Diego, CA
DateDecember 7, 2014

In December 2014, Ted spoke at IATRC's Annual Meeting themed "Food and Resources: Conflict and Trade" on the links between global climate change and its implications on conflict and poverty.

Fifth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM-DEV) 2014
LocationSan Jose, CA
DateDecember 5, 2014

Technology plays a central role in economic transformation. Yet relatively few teams of economists and engineers work together to maximize technology's impact on international development. In his address, Berkeley Professor Edward Miguel describes the experimental methodologies that today's economists employ in their work, and cases where their research findings have contributed to large-scale policy change. Looking forward, he argues that deeper engagement between economists, data scientists and engineers can accelerate a new wave of policy innovation and improve understanding of what really "works" in development, providing a valuable global public good. 

Masters in Development Practice (MDP) Chat
LocationEvans Hall, U.C. Berkeley
DateNovember 21, 2014

Second year Berkeley Master of Development Practice student, Kennedy Mugo from Nairobi, Kenya, sits down with Ted Miguel in his Berkeley office to discuss Africa's economic future - and how to stay young.

Master of Development Practice (MDP) Special Lecture Series
LocationUC Berkeley
DateNovember 13, 2014

Ted was invited to speak at UC Berkeley's Master of Development Practice (MDP) Special Lecture Series on the trajectory of Africa's development through the lens of his career as an economist, providing insight on the future of African development based on his research findings and those of his colleagues.