2016 Summer School in Development Economics

News story 13th Jul 2016

From 20 to 23 June 2016, the CDES, together with the Italian Development Economists Association and the Universities of Salerno, Verona and Trento, held the 5th Summer School in Development Economics at the Monash Prato Centre, Italy.

The Summer School was attended by more than 50 students and early career researchers, including three current Monash staff and students, two of whom – Research Fellow Diana Contreras Suarez and PhD Candidate Vilas Gobin – are CDES members whose attendance was sponsored by the CDES. Below, Vilas and Diana share their reflections on the event.

Reflections on the Summer School

The Summer School offered a great opportunity for young researchers to present their research in a relaxed and open atmosphere and to learn and interact with leading senior researchers in the area of development economics.

Attendees included Masters and PhD students and junior faculty members from Europe, Latin America, the USA and Australia, and 11 senior academics: Sonia Bhalotra (University of Essex), Martina Bjorkman (Stockholm University), Maurizio Bussolo (World Bank), Michael Carter (University of Davis, CA), Ian Coxhead (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Gaurav Datt (Monash University), Rocco Macchiavello (University of Warwick), Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University), Andy Newman (Boston University), Furio Rosati (UCW) and Sujata Visaria (Hong KongUniversity of Science & Technology).

The Summer School was very stimulating! I expect that it will lead to some future collaborations.

Diana Contreras Suarez, Research Fellow, Monash University

The Summer School was divided into two parts, with senior academics giving detailed presentations on their current research in the morning sessions. In the afternoon sessions, young researchers had the opportunity to discuss and present their own research projects with leading researchers and peers. Reflecting the breadth of the presentations, topics ranged from the evaluation of welfare programs to determinants of productivity in firms, polygamy in Sub-Saharan Africa and matrilinearity in the Solomon Islands.

I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss my research and would certainly recommend the Summer School to students in the final stages of their PhD.

Vilas Gobin, PhD Candidate, Monash University

In general, the Summer School was a great experience for students at all stages of their research careers. For first year PhD students or Masters students considering enrolling in a PhD, it offered a good opportunity to explore a broad range of issues in development economics. For more advanced students, postdocs and early career researches, it provided a valuable opportunity to interact with fellow researchers from other universities, establish connections and discuss future collaborations. The social activities were also a lot of fun!

The Summer School takes place annually in the third week of June, with applications due in the first quarter of the year. Further information can be found here.