Williams College Center for Development Economics to Host Climate Change and Development Policy Conference

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 20, 2017—The Williams College Center for Development Economics will hold a conference titled “Climate Change and Development Policy in the Developing World” on Friday, April 14.

The evening before, April 13, UC Berkeley Professor Catherine Wolfram will deliver the opening keynote address at 8 p.m. The talk and conference are free and open to the public. Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She is also faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas and of The E2e Project, a research organization focused on energy efficiency. She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliated faculty member in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley. Wolfram’s talk is co-sponsored by the World War II Memorial Lecture Fund.

Developing countries, which already face many economic pressures, must now contend with the risk and uncertainties posed by climate change. Their policy choices will be influenced not only by domestic considerations, but also by the decisions taken in the developed world. The conference will consider three main challenges in developing these policy choices: mitigation, adaptation and financing.

Thursday, April 13: Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center

8 p.m. Catherine Wolfram, Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address titled, “Energy Use in the Developing World: Perspectives from Kenya and India.” In her talk, Wolfram will discuss “what we know and what we need to know about energy use in the developing world.”

Friday, April 14: Griffin Hall, room 3

9 a.m. Rosalia De Leon CDE ‘91, National Treasurer for the Republic of the Philippines, will deliver a talk titled, “Perspectives from the Most Vulnerable.”

9:45 a.m. Susmita Dasgupta of the World Bank will discuss “Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk.”

10:45 a.m. Vijayendra Rao of the World Bank will deliver a talk titled, “Can Communities Be Made More Resilient to Climate Change? Evidence from Hurricane Phailin in India.”

11:30 a.m. “Climate Change and Agriculture in the Developing World: Technology, Adaption, and Risk Management” will be delivered by Professor of Development Economics Douglas Gollin of Oxford University.

1:45 p.m. James L. Paddock Assistant Professor of Economics Kelsey Jack of Tufts University will discuss “Income and Climate Change: Where Mitigation and Adaption Collide.”

2:30 p.m. Professor of Economics Ujjayant Chakravorty of Tufts University will deliver a talk titled, “Can China Meet Its Paris Clean Energy Commitments? Preliminary Evidence from an Economic Model.”

3:30 p.m. “Climate Finance: Why the World Bank Does Too Little and What’s Needed to Ensure It Does More” will be delivered by Nancy Birdsall, senior fellow and president emeritus of the Center for Global Development.

4:15 p.m. The closing keynote will be presented by Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute. He will discuss “Global Climate Action in the Age of Trump.” Gerrard’s talk is co-sponsored by the Bronfman Fund for Judaic Studies.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Development Economics and is part of this year’s Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year, Williams is hosting a series of speakers, events and programming planned to shed light on the issues of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.


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