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Development Policy and COVID-19 | eSeminar Series

This seminar series hosted by the World Bank's Development Research Group brings leading economists, public health experts, and other social scientists together with World Bank Group researchers to discuss emerging research on COVID-19 and its implications for development policy.


Please note these seminars are being organized at short notice. Details may be updated prior to the event and new events will be added over time. Please check back frequently!

Upcoming Talks

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The Nexus of Macro and Environmental Policies in Designing Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery Measures

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Past Talks

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The Macroeconomics of Pandemics

Chair:

Aart Kraay, Director of Research (World Bank)

Speakers:
Francesco Lippi (LUISS University)
Martin Eichenbaum (Northwestern University)
Roberto N. Fattal Jaef (World Bank) | Presentation (Updated on June 3)

Discussant:
Ana Paula Cusolito, Senior Economist, World Bank

Papers:

A Simple Planning Problem for COVID-19 Lockdown

The Macroeconomics of Epidemics

The Economic Ripple Effects of COVID-19 

Wednesday, April 1

11am - 12:30pm ET

Video

Macroeconomic Policy in the Time of COVID-19: A Primer for Developing Countries

Chair:
Bill Maloney (World Bank)

Speaker:
Norman Loayza (World Bank) | Presentation

Discussants:
Roberto Chang (Rutgers University) | Presentation
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas (UC Berkeley) | Presentation
Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard Kennedy School)
Andrés Velasco (London School of Economics) | Presentation

Documents:

Policy Brief

Tuesday, April 7

9 - 10:30am ET

Video

Policies for Small and Informal Firms

Chair:
Aart Kraay, Director of Research (World Bank)

Speakers:
Leonardo Iacovone, Lead Economist (World Bank) | Presentation
Santiago Levy, Senior Fellow (The Brookings Institution)
Miriam Bruhn, Senior Economist (World Bank) | Presentation

Documents:

Suggestions for the Emergency
Assessing the Impact and Policy Responses in Support of Private-Sector Firms in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 9

9 - 10:30am ET

Video

Understanding the Epidemiology of COVID-19

Chair:
Roberta Gatti, Chief Economist, Human Development

Speakers:
Damien de Walque, Senior Economist (World Bank) | Presentation
Jed Friedman, Senior Economist (World Bank) 
Patrick Walker, Lecturer, Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team) | Presentation
Azra Ghani, Professor, Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team)
David Wilson, Program Director, Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice (World Bank)
Marelize Gorgens, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice (World Bank)

Report:

The Global Impact of COVID-19 and Strategies for Mitigation and Suppression

Tuesday, April 14

9 - 10:30am ET

Video

The Politics of Pandemics

Chair:
Aart Kraay, Director of Research (World Bank)

Speakers:
Filipe Campante, Associate Professor (Johns Hopkins University) | Presentation
Stuti Khemani, Senior Economist (World Bank) | Presentation

Discussant:
Antonio Spilimbergo, Deputy Director, Research Department (IMF) | Presentation

Paper:

The Virus of Fear: The Political Impact of Ebola in the U.S.

Thursday, April 16

9 - 10:30am ET

Video

Supporting Poor Households Affected by COVID-19

Part I: Designing Social Safety Net Programs in the Era of COVID-19

Martin Ravallion, Professor (Georgetown University) | Paper
Carolina Sanchez-Paramo, Global Director (Poverty and Equity GP)
Ugo Gentilini, Senior Social Protection Specialist (Social Protection and Jobs GP) 
Emanuela Galasso, Senior Economist (World Bank) | Presentation

Part II: Payment Logistics to Get Cash to the Neediest

Jenny Aker, Professor (Tufts University) | Presentation
Carolina Trivelli, Senior Researcher (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos) & former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru
Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director (UNCDF Better than Cash Alliance) | Presentation
Leora Klapper, Lead Economist (World Bank)

Additional Resources:

Poverty and Distributional Impacts of COVID-19: Potential Channels of Impact and Mitigating Policies
Better than Cash Alliance Webinar: Digital Payments in Ebola Response

Monday, April 20

11am - 12:30pm ET

Video

Trade and Global Value Chains in the Age of COVID-19

Chair:
Aaditya Mattoo, Chief Economist, East Asia & Pacific Region (World Bank)

Speakers:
The COVID Concussion and Supply-Chain Contagion Waves
Richard Baldwin, Professor, Graduate Institute Geneva | Presentation

The Role of Supply Chains in the Propagation of Economic Effects
Vasco Carvalho, Professor, Cambridge University | Presentation

Trade Policy Dynamics Unleashed by COVID-19
Simon Evenett, Professor, University of St Gallen | Presentation

Wednesday, April 22

9 - 10:30am ET

Video

Financiamiento de Empresas Hibernando durante el Coronavirus
(Financing Firms in Hibernation during the Coronavirus Pandemic)

Please note this event was conducted in Spanish

Organized by
Escuela de Administración – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
World Bank Research and Development Center in Chile

Chair:

José Tessada (Universidad Católica de Chile)

Speakers:
Mauricio Larraín (Financial Markets Commission, Chile; Universidad Católica de Chile) | World Bank Research and Policy Brief
Rodrigo Valdés (Universidad Católica de Chile; Former Finance Minister, Chile)
Fernando Coloma (Universidad Católica de Chile; Former Superintendent, Chile)
Diego Fleischmann (Executive Director Migrante Sociedad Financiera)

Wednesday, April 22

1:30 - 2:30pm ET

Video

Financial Sector Policies to Salvage Firms Hit by COVID-19

Chair:
Bill Maloney, Chief Economist (Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions)

Speakers:
Financing Firms in Hibernation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sergio Schmukler (World Bank) (Joint work with Tatiana Didier, Federico Huneeus, and Mauricio Larrain) | Presentation

Evergreening Loans and Liquidity Life-Lines
Markus Brunnermeier (Princeton University) | Presentation

Supporting Indebted SMEs and “Stress Tests” for Banks
Viral Acharya (New York University) | Presentation

Finance in the Time of COVID-19: What Next?
Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School) | Presentation

Discussant:
Alfonso Garcia Mora, Global Director (Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation) | Presentation

Wednesday, April 29

11am - 12:30pm ET

Video

Maintaining Finance for Firms Impacted by COVID-19: Perspectives for East Asia

Opening Remarks:
Alfonso Garcia Mora, Global Director (World Bank Group)

Speakers:
The Impact of COVID-19 on Financial Markets
Ilhyock Shim, Head of Economics and Financial Markets for Asia and the Pacific Monetary and Economic Department (Bank for International Settlements) | Presentation

Financing Firms during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sergio Schmukler, Lead Economist and Acting Research Manager (Development Research Group, World Bank) | Presentation
(joint work with Tatiana Didier, Federico Huneeus, and Mauricio Larrain)

COVID-19 and the Chinese Corporate Bond Market
Yi Huang, Associate Professor of International Economics (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
(joint work with Jun “QJ” Qian, Dora Xia, and Yaya Yu)

Maintaining Financing for Firms: Perspectives from Singapore
Joseph Cherian, Practice Professor of Finance (National University of Singapore) | Presentation

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Eastern Daylight Time
Monday, May 4

9:30 - 11:00pm

Kuala Lumpur Time
Tuesday, May 5

9:30 - 11:00am

Video

Labor Mobility, Migration, and COVID-19 (Part 1)

Chair:
Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia Region

Speakers:
Restarting an Economy with Heavy Reliance on Cross-Border Workers
Frédéric Docquier, Professor (Universite Catholique de Louvain) and Program Leader (LISER, Luxembourg) | Presentation

Social Protection for Migrants during the COVID-19 Crisis
Michal Rutkowski, Global Director, Social Protection and Jobs (World Bank) | Presentation

Thursday, May 7

9 - 10am ET

Video

Labor Mobility, Migration, and COVID-19 (Part 2)

Chair:

Aart Kraay, Director of Research (World Bank)

Speakers:
Responding to COVID-19 in Developing Countries
Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics (Yale University) | Presentation

Labor Mobility and Pandemics
Erhan Artuc, Senior Economist (Development Research Group) | Presentation

Documents:
Using Migration Patterns to Predict COVID-19 Risk Exposure in Developing Countries: Paper | Policy Brief

Thursday, May 14

9:30 - 10:30am ET

Video

The Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America

Organized by
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Centro de Finanzas Empresariales, Chile
World Bank Research and Development Center in Chile

Chair:
Martin Rama, Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region (World Bank)

Opening Remarks:
Ignacio Briones, Minister of Finance (Chile)

Speakers:
Laura Alfaro, Professor, (Harvard Business School); Former Minister of Planning and Economic Policy (Costa Rica) | Presentation
Guillermo Calvo, Professor (Columbia University); Former Chief Economist (Inter-American Development Bank) | Presentation
Mauricio Cárdenas, Senior Research Scholar (Columbia University); Former Minister of Finance (Colombia)
Andres Velasco, Dean, School of Public Policy (London School of Economics); Former Minister of Finance (Chile)

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Tuesday, May 19

11:30am - 1pm ET

Video

Air Pollution Exposure and COVID-19: Evidence and Unanswered Questions

Chair:
Richard Damania, Chief Economist (Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank)

Speakers:
David Wheeler, Senior Fellow (World Resources Institute)
Bo Pieter Johannes Andrée, Consultant (Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Unit, World Bank)
Anna Hansell, Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability (University of Leister)

Discussants:
Somik Lall, Global Lead for Territorial and Spatial Development (World Bank)
Urvashi Narain, Lead Economist, South Asia Region (World Bank)

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Thursday, June 11

11:00am - 12:30pm ET

Video

Different Strategies for Different Contexts: Fighting the Pandemic in Developing Countries

Chair:
Aart Kraay, Director of Research, World Bank

Presentations:
Costs and Trade-Offs in the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Developing Country Perspective
Norman Loayza, Lead Economist, Development Research Group | Presentation

 

How Should Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic Differ in the Developing World?

Titan Alon, University of California, San Diego | Presentation
Minki Kim, University of California, San Diego
David Lagakos, University of California, San Diego 
Mitchell VanVuren, University of California, San Diego

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Tuesday, June 23

9:00 - 10:30am (ET/ Washington, D.C. time) 

Video

The Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19

Chair:
William Maloney, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank

Speakers:
Nick Bloom, Professor, Stanford University | Presentation
Edward Glaeser, Professor, Harvard University | Presentation
Bob Rijkers, Senior Economist, Development Research Group | Presentation
David Autor, Professor, MIT | Presentation

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Monday, July 6

11am - 12:30pm ET

Video

The Long-term Impacts of School Closures

Chair:
Jamie Saavedra, Global Director, Education, World Bank

Speakers:
Jishnu Das, Professor, Georgetown University | Presentation
João Pedro Azevedo, Lead Economist, World Bank | Presentation

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Thursday, July 9

12:30 - 2pm ET

Video

Channeling Capital Flows to Developing Countries: Can International Financial Institutions Help?

Chair:
Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank

Speakers:
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Professor, UC Berkeley
Anne Krueger, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University & Senior Fellow, Stanford University
Carmen Reinhart, Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist
Hyun Song Shin, Economic Adviser and Head of Research, BIS
Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy Review, IMF

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Wednesday, July 15

12:30 - 2pm ET

Video

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2020