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Featuring Sandra Sequeira
Lecturer in Development Economics, LSE
Discussant Pierre-Louis Vezina
Lecturer in Economics, University of Birmingham
Host Matt Collin
Research Fellow, CGD Europe
In this seminar, Sandra Sequeira (LSE) examined the long-run impact of migration on economic development. Along with her co-authors Nathan Nunn and Nancy Quian, she showed that the settlement of European migrants in the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1860-1920) has had a persistent effect on income patterns today.
To isolate the impact of immigrants on economic development, they constructed an instrument that exploits the timing of the arrival of the migrants and the timing of the development railroads to predict patterns of migrant settlement. Countries with higher rates of historical migration have higher income, higher inequality, higher educational attainment and higher levels of urbanization today. They provided suggestive evidence on mechanisms of impact: the presence of immigrants was associated with higher rates of patenting and higher productivity in the manufacturing and retail sectors between 1860 and 1920.
The CGD Europe Sandwich Seminars bring some of the world's leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations aim to met an academic standard of quality and are at times technical, and retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policy-makers. A light lunch is provided.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.