UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


The 3Ms of development in the 21st century: messy, misunderstood, miserable

08 March 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Jesus Felipe

Join us to hear Jesus Felipe talk about his working experience and research on the 3Ms of development in the 21st century: messy, misunderstood, miserable. This talk will be chaired by IIPP’s Antonio Andreoni with a discussion from Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Followed by questions from the audience.

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The presentation will provide a discussion of how Jesus Felipe sees development proceeding and being understood in the 21st century. The analysis is based on his long experience living and working in Asia (over 20 years at the Asian Development Bank) and on his research on growth, structural transformation, productivity, industrialisation, industrial policy, and employment. He summarises his views in what he refers to as the “3Ms of development: messy, misunderstood, miserable.” These ideas are background material for a book. 
The value added to the presentation will be the insights that he can provide on development as a field practitioner. He has first-hand experience of living for a long time in the Phillippines as well as having travelled and worked on projects in Indonesia, Greater Mekong Subregion, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.

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About the Speaker

Jesus Felipe

Advisor to Chief Economist at Asian Development Bank

Jesus Felipe has been Advisor in the Asian Development Bank’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department since 2012. He has been with ADB since 1996, and he is a member of the Editorial Board, as well as the Managing Editor of the Asian Development Review. He has published extensively in academic journals on different aspects of Asia’s development, productivity and structural transformation, including books on Labor Markets in Asia: Issues and Perspectives (2006); Inclusive Growth, Full Employment, and Structural Change: Implications and Policies for Developing Asia (2010); The Aggregate Production Function and the Measurement of Technical Change: ‘Not Even Wrong’ (2013); and Development and Modern Industrial Policy in Practice: Issues and Country Experiences (2015). More about Jesus Felipe