IfAD Development Economics Workshops are often co-organized with the leading international development institutions (e.g., UN institutions), aimed at focused discussion on specific economic development issues. The participants include researchers, thinkers, and practitioners who are at the forefront of national and international economic development policy debates,their formulation and implementation.

Governance and the Law

Tamar Kugleris an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona. She comes from a background of social and experimental psychology as well as behavioral economics. Tamar’s research focuses on interactive decision making. She studies the role of emotions, trust between individuals and groups, social dilemmas and group decision making. Tamar obtained her PhD in Experimental and Social Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Abla Safir is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. She has conducted analytical and operational work in the topics of labor markets, migration, skills, social protection, and service delivery in Europe and Central Asia and in the Middle East and North Africa. Abla has been with the Bank since 2010, working as a Consultant until 2012, when she joined the Young Professionals Program. Prior to that, Abla was an Economist at the OECD, where she led a work program on migration in Central America and West Africa. Abla holds a PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and M.A. degrees from HEC Business School and ENSAE Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance in Paris.

Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva has been Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the Europe and Central Asia region and, until 2013, was Lead Economist in the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate at the World Bank. He served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 2007 to 2010. He has been an Ivy League Exchange Scholar in the Economics Department at Harvard University, as well as Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Stanford University and the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER). In Mexico, he was a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Associate Professor and Chair of the Masters in Public Economics at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, and he also taught at Universidad de las Américas Puebla and El Colegio de México. He is a Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, member of the International Advisory Panel of the Young Lives Project (Oxford University) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. He holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Boston University. His research interests focus on labor markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and development economics.

Siddharth Sharma is a Senior Economist at the World Bank, specializing in issues of firm-level productivity, the impact of business regulations on firms, and the functioning of labor markets in developing countries. His research has been published in economics journals, and he has also contributed chapters to a number of World Bank policy reports, including regional flagship reports on topics such as youth employment in Africa, the economic effects of an aging population, and managing financial tradeoffs for inclusive growth in Europe and Central Asia. Siddharth has an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. He has been with the World Bank since 2006.

Paul Schuler is a political scientist, currently an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. Paul studies authoritarian regimes and political institutions with a particular focus on East and Southeast Asia. His current book project addresses the historical evolution of authoritarian political institutions and their impact on contemporary politics. He is an expert on contemporary Vietnamese politics. Paul received his PhD from University of California, San Diego and postdoctoral training from Stanford University. He has been a consultant to United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank.


"World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law"
Speaker: Luis F. Lopez-Calva, World Bank Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Location:ENR2 S107

"Governance for Growth"
Speaker:Siddharth Sharma, World Bank
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:9.00 am - 10.05 am
Location:Marley 230

"The Role of Legislatures in Authoritarian Regimes: Theory and Evidence."
Speaker:Paul Schuler, School of Government and Public Policy University of Arizona
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:10.05 am - 11.05 am
Location:Marley 230

"Economic Status, Vulnerability, and Political Values"
Speaker:Luis F. Lopez-Calva,World Bank
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:11.30 am - 12.30 pm

"Governance for Equity"
Speaker:Abla Safir, World Bank
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:01.45 pm - 02.45 pm

"Economic Participation and Limits of Law"
Speaker:Jane Bambauer, James E. Rogers College of Law University of Arizona
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:02.45 pm - 03.45 pm

"Three tales of Trust: how cognition, emotion, and group dynamics shape trust judgments and behavior "
Speaker:Tamar Kugler, Department of Management and Organizations University of Arizona
Date:Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time:04.00 pm - 05.00 pm

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