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E&BSS: Corruption and management practices. Firm-level evidence - Daphne Athanasouli (UCL SSEES)

We argue that corruption can decrease aggregate productivity by deteriorating firm management practices.  More...

Starts: Mar 18, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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E&BSS: The urban-rural divide in educational outcome: Evidence from Russia - Chiara Amini (London Metropolitan University, UK)

This paper analyses the differences in educational achievement between urban and rural Russian secondary school students using data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys. More...

Starts: Feb 11, 2014 5:30:00 PM

E&BSS: Planning peace. Development policies in postwar Europe and the birth of development economics - Michele Alacevich (Columbia University, USA)

Publication date: Jan 9, 2014 4:04:19 PM

Start: Jan 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Jan 21, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Location: Room 347, 16 Taviton Street, UCL, London, WC1H 0BW

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The postwar global challenge of development took shape not only as an answer to

the destitution of Third World countries, but also as an attempt to solve the economic and political crisis that had precipitated Europe into totalitarianism and war. 

For Europe to emerge from the tragedy of war stronger and at peace, the problem of underdeveloped areas in the European continent itself had to be solved. Those early development ideas and policies, initially conceived for Europe, became the basis of a new development orthodoxy that was subsequently exported to other non-European areas of the world.

This seminar will explore the European origins of the postwar development debate by discussing the analyses that UK and exiled scholars produced on Central and Eastern Europe during World War II, and how those policy recommendations reappeared later with regard to Southern Europe and finally in the larger global development debate.

As surprising as it may seem, all began at UCL…

Michele Alacevich is Associate Director for Research Activities at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, specializes in the history of 20th century development institutions and ideas, and international history. Current interests include the history of development, the policies of postwar reconstruction in Southern Europe, and the history of social sciences in the 20th century, with a focus on the linkages between the history of ideas, economic and political history, and the history of economic thought. His book The Political Economy of the World Bank: The Early Years (Stanford University Press, 2009) has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and Arabic. His publications include articles in Journal of Global History, History of Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Rivista di Storia Economica, and Journal of the History of Economic Thought. 

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