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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Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Google)
LocationMountain View, CA, USA
DateJanuary 30, 2009

The Authors@Google series brings innovative authors to speak at Google. In 2009, Ted was invited to Google’s Mountain View, California Headquarters. He discussed his book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, which was written with Raymond Fisman. 

(Credits: Talks at Google)

Why are Poor Countries Poor?
LocationLos Angeles, CA, USA
DateOctober 28, 2008

Zócalo Public Square is a not-for-profit daily Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. It fosters healthier, more cohesive communities by tackling important contemporary questions in an accessible, non-partisan, and broad-minded spirit.

In 2008, Ted examined the issues of corruption and economic development at the Goethe Institut in Los Angeles as part of the Zócalo Public Square lecture series. He argued that before we can help poor nations, we must first understand the violent, lawless thugs who have wrought havoc throughout the developing world. And to understand these gangsters, he said, we must first get inside their heads.

Click here to watch the lecture. 

(Credits: Zócalo website)

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Microsoft)
LocationMountain View, CA, USA
DateOctober 23, 2008

In 2008, Ted presented at Microsoft Silicon Valley as part of its visiting speakers series. He discussed his book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, which was written with Raymond Fisman. 

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Town Hall Seattle)
LocationSeattle, WA, USA
DateOctober 23, 2008

Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events. In 2008, Ted was invited to Town Hall Seattle to present his book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nation. The event was organized by the Seattle Town Hall Center for Civil Life with Elliott Bay Book Company. 

(Credits: Town Hall Seattle website) 

Identification and the Identity of Development Economics: Non-random Thoughts on the Use of Randomized Experiments
LocationDavis, CA, USA
DateMarch 17, 2007

The 2007 Pacific Conference on Development Economics (PacDev) was presented by the Bay Area Development Association and held at the University of California at Davis. During the 2007 PacDev plenary session entitled Identification and the Identity of Development Economics: Non-random Thoughts on the Use of Randomized Experiments, Ted Miguel and Michael Carter discussed and debated the rise of experimental research approaches in development economics and throughout the social sciences.