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A Global View of the Pandemic

October 15, 2020 - Coffee with the Chair
5:30-6:30 pm

This week's Coffee with the Chair will explore a Global View of the Pandemic with 3 special guests from around the globe!

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Dr. Marcos Agurto
Dr. Sheheryar Banuri

Djavad Salehi‐Isfahani received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.  He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech, where he is currently Professor of Economics. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development, the Brookings Institution, Research Affiliate at the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, and Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo.

He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, the Middle East Economic Association, the International Iranian Economic Association, and as Associate Editor of the Middle East Development Journal.

His current research is on economic inequality and economics of the family in the Middle East.  His opinion pieces have appeared in Al Monitor, Brookings, Foreign Affairs, the Hill, LA Times,, New York Times, and Project Syndicate.

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Dr Agurto obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the Vancouver School of Economics - VSE under the supervision of Dr. Siwan Anderson. He is a Professor at the Department of Economics at Universidad de Piura, Peru, where he is also the Vice President for Research. He is also a member of Lima School of Economics and the Director of the Lima Summer School in Economics (co-organized with VSE). He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Vancouver School of Economics from 2010 to 2013 and a Visiting Professor at the Virginia Tech Department of Economics from 2015 to 2017. Since 2018 he is a Scientific Mentor for Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) and has mentored research projects in Guinea Bissau and Malawi. His research focuses on topics such as development economics, economics of education, social inclusion, natural resources, applied econometrics and impact evaluation; and has been published in World Development, Ecological Economics, Economics of Education Review and the European Journal of Agricultural Economics. He has been a consultant for the IDB and for the Peruvian Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion. Dr. Agurto has won the IDRC Doctoral Research Award, the GDN Award for Outstanding Research in Development and the PEP PIERI Award.

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Sheheryar Banuri is a behavioral economist and an expert on motivation and incentives, behavior, and public policy. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. His work has provided policy guidance to the governments of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burkina Faso. His work has been published in academic journals such as Social Science and Medicine, the European Economic Review, the World Bank Economic Review, and Social Choice and Welfare (among others). He is a coauthor of the World Bank's World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior, and has made contributions to the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends, and the World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law. Sheheryar was born in Boston, MA, grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and then returned to the US for higher education, before settling into his current home in the UK. He spent 7 years in the private sector (AT&T), 4 years in the public sector (World Bank), and 5 years (so far) in academia. He currently lives in Norwich, UK. He holds a PhD in Public policy and political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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