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Recent Seminars

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 10, 2016
This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow.

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 9, 2016
This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow.

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 7, 2016 - Mar 8, 2016
Both IPA and CEGA aim to support high quality, transparent, reproducible research. The research support staff at both organizations are typically tasked with preparing data and code for publication. However, key steps for preparing data and code take place as early as the study design phase as well as in the data collection process.

Seminars in 2016

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 10, 2016
This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow.

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 9, 2016
This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow.

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Mar 7, 2016 - Mar 8, 2016
Both IPA and CEGA aim to support high quality, transparent, reproducible research. The research support staff at both organizations are typically tasked with preparing data and code for publication. However, key steps for preparing data and code take place as early as the study design phase as well as in the data collection process.

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World, a discussion with Steven Radelet

Jan 26, 2016
On January 26th, CEGA and the Blum Center will host a conversation with Steven Radelet on his new book, The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World. Ted Miguel will join Radelet to discuss the book and its context. Steven Radelet holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, is Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Development, and is Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Seminars in 2015

Hacking Measurement

Aug 26, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015
A semester-long seminar on new technologies for data collection and management in social science research.

Shang-Jin Wei and the Dean's Speaker Series

Apr 13, 2015
Shang-Jin Wei, the Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank, will be visiting UC Berkeley as a speaker in the Dean's Speaker Series.

Makhtar Diop, Regents' Lecturer

Mar 31, 2015
In partnership with the World Bank, the Economics Department, the Agriculture and Resource Economics department, the Master of Development Practice program, and the Center for African Studies, CEGA has nominated Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region at The World Bank to visit the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents’ Lecturer. Makhtar will give a public lecture on March 31.

Seminars in 2014

Behavioral Sensing: New Technology Solutions for Data Collection in Development Research

Dec 2, 2014
Innovative research insights on how to collect data faster, cheaper, and with higher accuracy, leveraging recent technology developments.

World Development Report Seminar

Nov 13, 2014
Anna Fruttero, one of the authors of World Development Report 2015, will highlight key findings from this year's report on Thursday, November 13.

Data Science Meets Social Science

Jun 5, 2014
BITSS and D-Lab are bringing together social scientists and Silicon Valley professionals to discuss pathways of collaboration between these two worlds, and their increasing impact on society in the age of open science.

The Tyranny of Experts: A Conversation with William Easterly

Apr 11, 2014
On April 11th, CEGA will host a conversation with William Easterly on his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Ted Miguel will join Easterly to discuss the book and its context. William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, Co-Director of the NYU Development Research Institute, and author of the bestselling book, The White Man's Burden.

Seminars in 2013

Visiting Scholar Development Lunch 2013

Nov 26, 2013 - Dec 10, 2013
Join CEGA and learn about the completed and active research of the BRAC and EASST visiting scholars. Presentations for EASST scholars will take place from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Evans 648 on November 26th, and for BRAC scholars from 12:30-1:30 pm in Evans Hall on December 10th.

Development Engineering: Behavioral Sensing Seminar Series

Oct 24, 2013 - Dec 3, 2013
The Behavioral Sensing seminar series features the work of researchers combining expertise in social science and engineering in order to generate comprehensive, demand-driven solutions to development challenges.

Seminars in 2012

Visiting Scholar Development Lunch 2012

Dec 6, 2012
Join CEGA and learn about the completed and active research of our inaugural class of BRAC and EASST visiting scholars. Presentations will take place from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in Evan 648. Lunch will be provided.

CEGA Visiting Scholar Welcome Reception

Oct 23, 2012
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) hosted a Welcome Reception for our Inaugural Class of Visiting Scholars from the BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative & the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative on October 23, 2012.

African Social Scientists Reception (PAA 2012)

May 4, 2012
The African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) were pleased to host the Africa Social Scientists Reception at the 2012 Population Association of America Conference.

Scale and Impact Through BRAC's Holistic Approach: Learning from the World's Largest NGO

Apr 4, 2012
BRAC is the world’s largest development NGO, serving 138 million people in 10 countries in South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. On Wednesday, April 4th, Berkeley hosted BRAC's Executive Director, Dr. Mahabub Hossain, for a conversation about the NGO's history, philosophy, and social impact.

Evaluating the Costs & Benefits: Can We Do More with Less in Foreign Aid?

Mar 1, 2012
Hosted by the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance, this briefing featured two researchers who have rigorously evaluated a series of primary school programs in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of finding the most cost-effective among them. They discussed which programs offer the greatest impact for money and how the evidence has influenced policy-makers.

Understanding the Emerging Economies of Africa: Trends & Geopolitical Implications

Feb 29, 2012
The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosted CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel for a lunchtime talk on how to understand the emerging economies of Africa.

Seminars in 2011

Development Lunch Fall 2011

Aug 30, 2011 - Nov 29, 2011
The purpose of this weekly lunch was to give students in development economics the opportunity to present work in progress and receive feedback in an informal setting. The lunch was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of Economics and the Center for Effective Global Action.

Human Development Report 2010 Launch

Feb 9, 2011
The 2010 Report continued the tradition of pushing the frontiers of development thinking. For the first time since 1990, the Report looked back rigorously at the past several decades and identified often surprising trends and patterns with important lessons for the future. These varied pathways to human development show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress—and that impressive long-term gains can and have been achieved even without consistent economic growth.

Seminars in 2010

Development Lunch Fall 2010

Aug 31, 2010 - Dec 14, 2010
The UC Berkeley Development Lunch Seminar was held each Tuesday, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, in Evans Hall. This year, it was co-sponsored by CEGA and the Department of Economics. The seminar gave graduate students the opportunity to present their latest work and obtain feedback from both their peers and faculty members.

Book Launch by Professor Pranab K. Bardhan

Apr 22, 2010
The lecture was followed by a book sale/signing and a reception. The recent economic rise of China and India has attracted a great deal of attention--and justifiably so. Together, the two countries account for one-fifth of the global economy and are projected to represent a full third of the world's income by 2025. Yet, many of the views regarding China and India's market reforms and high growth have been tendentious, exaggerated, or oversimplified. Published by Princeton University Press,

Seminars in 2009

Fall 2009 Development Seminar

Aug 31, 2009 - Dec 14, 2009
The UC Berkeley Development Lunch Seminar is held once each week, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, in 597 Evans Hall. In 2009, it was co-sponsored by CEGA and the Department of Economics. The seminar gives graduate students the opportunity to present their latest work and obtain feedback from both their peers and faculty members.

Seminars in 2008

A Discussion on Leadership, Maasai Culture, and Life in Rural Kenya

Oct 13, 2008
A discussion on leadership in a changing world, balancing age-old Maasai traditions in a modern context, the state of education in rural Kenyan villages, and FGM.