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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Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research
LocationEconomics Department, UC Berkeley
DateApril 9, 2014

The presentation covers recent progress toward research transparency in the social sciences and make the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values. There is growing appreciation for the advantages of experimentation in the social sciences, but accompanying these changes is a growing sense that incentives, norms, and institutions under which social science operates undermine gains from improved research design. We describe promising, bottom-up innovations in the social sciences, including the three core practices of: disclosure; registration and preanalysis plans; and open data and materials. We also assess common objections to the move toward greater transparency, and argue that new practices need to be implemented in a way that does not stifle creativity or create excess burden for scholars.

Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research
LocationNew York University, Development Research Institute
DateApril 4, 2014

Ted was invited to present at NYU's Development Research Institute in April, 2014. His talk focused on the recent progress toward research transparency in the social sciences and make the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values. 

TEDxBerkeley talk: Climate, Conflict, and African Development
LocationZellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
DateFebruary 8, 2014

Ted presented at the February 2014 TEDxBerkeley event at Zellerbach Hall. He discussed results from his paper 2013 Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict, which he co-authored with Solomon Hsiang and Marshall Burke and appeared in Science

Understanding Ethnic Cooperation: Evidence from Experiments in Kenya and Tanzania
LocationAlumnae Hall, U.C. Berkeley
DateNovember 20, 2013

How much cooperation exists across ethnic lines in East Africa? And how is this cooperation affected by political circumstances and messages? This project, which is joint with several co-authors (Lars Ivar O. Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Simon Galle, Dan Posner, Bertil Tungodden, Kelly Zhang), uses evidence from lab experiments in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to begin to answer these important questions.

African Youth, Education and Economic Development
LocationDakar, Senegal
DateOctober 3, 2013

A talk on the relationship between education, health and economic performance in Africa, and the role that impact evaluations can play in advancing public policy in this area.

International and Area Studies Commencement Address
LocationBerkeley, CA, USA
DateMay 13, 2013

Ted was the commencement speaker for UC Berkeley’s International and Area Studies Spring 2013 graduation. 

Conflict, Climate, and African Development (Harvard)
LocationCambridge, MA, USA
DateApril 2, 2013

In April 2013, Ted was an invited speaker in the Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris lecture series, where he presented results from his paper Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict. The lecture series is hosted bi-annually by the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

Conflict, Climate, and African Development (Oxford)
LocationOxford, UK
DateMarch 18, 2013

Ted gave the Keynote Speech at the 2013 Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) conference at Oxford University. He presented results from his paper Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict, which he co-authored with Solomon Hsiang and Marshall Burke.

Understanding African Development: Trends and Prospects
LocationSan Francisco, CA, USA
DateMarch 9, 2013

The 2013 Pacific Conference on Development Economics (PacDev) was presented by the Bay Area Development Association and held at San Francisco State University. During the 2013 PacDev plenary session entitled Understanding African Development: Trends and Prospects, Ted Miguel and Bob Bates discussed the emerging economies of Africa in their talks.

UC Berkeley Homecoming Faculty Seminar
LocationBerkeley, CA, USA
DateOctober 5, 2012

Africa is besieged with drought, war and famine, yet since 2000 it has also experienced monumental economic growth after decades of decline. Paved roads, electricity, and other infrastructure have improved, malls and Internet cafes are sprouting up, and cell phones have become ubiquitous, indicating a substantial rise in disposable income. What is behind the rebound? Will it last? Ted explores one of the world’s most intriguing economic trends in one of UC Berkeley’s 2012 Homecoming Faculty Seminars.

(Credits: UC Berkeley faculty seminar brochure)