In a public lecture at CEU’s School of Public Policy on May 11, George Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair Aruna Roy spoke passionately about a particularly “relevant and timely” topic: the growing restraints that even democratically elected governments in many countries are imposing on dissent these days. Although she focused her remarks on the situation in India, she noted that this was “a malaise that has spread internationally.”
Economics and Development
Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished – despite the fact that we currently produce twice as much food as we need to feed the world’s population. The problem, according to George Soros Visiting Chair Carmen Gonzalez, is one of distribution and waste, not production. During a public lecture at the CEU School of Public Policy on April 26, Gonzalez explored “the three crises” related to food and agriculture: food security, agro-biodiversity, and climate change.
There is a widespread belief that as countries develop economically, they are more likely to become – or to remain – democratic. Recent events in, for example Russia and Turkey, however, suggest that the link between economic development and democratization may not be as strong as once expected.
During his keynote address at the EPCS Annual Meeting, Jean-Robert Tyran discussed selected laboratory experiments to demonstrate that social preferences and limited rationality are important to understanding voting behavior. He urged especially young scholars to explore the “exciting field” of behavioral economics.
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Elective Course, Development Specialization/Concentration
This class introduces students to a series of fundamental questions surrounding economic development. What does it mean? Why is there such a wide cross-national and cross-regional disparity in terms of access to basic goods and services for ordinary citizens? Are there different tools for helping us understand these gaps? What are the current debates regarding policy solutions?