MWIEDC April 5-6, 2024

21st Midwest International Economic Development Conference

In the spring of 2024, the University of Chicago will host the 21st Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MWIEDC). The conference will take place from April 5 – 6, 2024, at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will commence on Friday morning and will conclude after lunch on Saturday.

Keynote speakers will be Stefan Dercon, Rachel GlennersterJames Heckman, Daniel Knowles, Nancy Qian, and Amy Yee.

Information about topics, papers and presenters at last year’s conference is available here, and a full history of the conference can be found here.

Registration information can be found below. For questions, please contact:

MWIEDC 2024’s  conference program is forthcoming.


Michael Kremer, University Professor in Economics and the College and the Harris School of Public Policy 


Christopher Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies 

Chang-Tai Hsieh, Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar


Benjamin Krause, Executive Director of Development Economics Center (DEC) at the University of Chicago


Christina Brown, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College 


Eduardo Montero, Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy





Colin Aitken
Nathan Barker
Samuel Chang
Moustafa El-Kashlan
Clair Fain
Siobhan Finnerty
Haoran Gao
Rubina Hundal
Shanon Hsu
Zachary Kuloszewski
Lina Marcela Ramirez Leguizamon
Aaron Leonard
Pepi Pandiloski
Tanya Rajan
Daniel J. Sonnenstuhl
Srinivasan Vasudevan
Jun Wong

  • Registration Information

    The registration fees for the 2024 MWIEDC are:

    • $300 for Faculty, Staff, and Administration
    • $200 for Students

    Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday as well as a reception Friday night.

    You may register at the link below.



  • Program

    MWIEDC 2024’s conference program is forthcoming. You may register at the link below.


  • Keynote


    Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College

    Stefan Dercon is a Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, focusing on how to achieve change.

    He combines his academic career with work as a policy advisor, providing strategic economic and development advice, and promoting the use of evidence in decision making. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. Between 2020-2022, he was the Development Policy Advisor to successive Foreign Secretaries at the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    He is a Fellow of BREAD, a Research Fellow of CEPR and of IZA, an Affiliate of J-PAL, a Non-resident Fellow, Centre for Global Development, Washington and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacture (FRSA). He studied economics and philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and holds an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Before re-joining the University of Oxford, he held positions at the University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the Catholic University of Leuven, and WIDER (Helsinki), part of the United Nations University.

    In 2018, the Queen awarded him as an honorary Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to economics and international development.

    Rachel Glennerster, Associate Professor of Economics in the Division of Social Science at the University of Chicago

    Rachel Glennerster is an associate professor of economics in the Division of Social Science at the University of Chicago. She uses randomized trials to study democracy and accountability, health, education, microfinance, and women’s empowerment mainly in West Africa and South Asia. She has also written on strategies to stimulate innovation, promoting more equitable access to vaccines, and the response to Ebola and COVID-19 pandemics.

    Dr. Glennerster joined the University of Chicago community after serving as Chief Economist at the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for International Development in the UK. From 2004 to 2017, she served as Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) a center in the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring policy is informed by scientific evidence and helped pioneer the use of randomized trials in development economics. She also previously served as the Co-Chair of J-PAL’s Agricultural Technology and Adoption Initiative and its Post-Primary Education Initiative.

    In 2021, Dr. Glennerster was appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) for services in international development. She currently serves as the chair of Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), a development organization that utilizes evidence-backed educational approaches to help children develop basic reading and mathematical skills.

    James Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago 

    James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. He has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic questions related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination, and the formation of skills and regulation in labor markets, as well as to devising and applying economically interpretable empirical strategies for understanding and addressing these questions.

    His work spans contexts and cultures. Current research at CEHD includes analyzing the impact of early childhood programs around the world by studying the immediate and long-term impacts of interventions (including the impacts in midlife on health and on other family members), both in the United States and in a new project in China. His research also uses original data gathered in the U.S., China and Germany to measure preferences and traits to help inform governments, schools and teachers about how socioemotional can help students achieve their full potential.

    In 2000, Heckman won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the microeconometrics of diversity and heterogeneity and for establishing a sound causal basis for public policy evaluation. He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Medal, the Jacob Mincer Award, the 2005 and 2007 Dennis Aigner Award for Applied Econometrics, the Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin, the Theodore W. Schultz Award, the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, the Frisch Medal, the Dan David Prize, and the Chinese Government Friendship Award.

    Heckman has a B.A. in Mathematics from Colorado College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. He has been at the University of Chicago since 1973. 

    Daniel Knowles, Midwest correspondent for The Economist, based in Chicago

    Daniel Knowles is the Midwest correspondent for The Economist, based in Chicago. He covers stories across the region, but is especially interested in urban government, crime, social change, and transportation.

    Mr. Knowles previously worked on the foreign desk in London, as international correspondent, where he covered stories particularly around conflict, corruption and state failure. He has also headed the paper’s bureaus in Mumbai and Nairobi and worked as a political reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau. Mr Knowles’s book, “Carmageddon”, about why the world needs fewer automobiles, published in March 2023.

    Nancy Qian, James J. O’Connor Professor at Northwestern UniversityKellogg School of Management, MEDS department

    Nancy Qian is an empirical economist and researches questions about economic development, political economy and economic history. She is particularly interested in long-run economic and institutional development. I co-direct the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University and founded the independent China Econ Lab.

    Professor Qian’s research investigates the drivers of long-run economic, culture and political evolution. She has studied the causes and consequences of formal institutions, such as elections, and cultural norms, and gender preference and racial identity. She uses theory-driven frameworks and empirical evidence to resolve historical puzzles, such as the causes of the Great Chinese and Soviet Famines, or the presence of local democracy within autocratic regimes.

    Her work spans many current and historical contexts such as China, the United States, former Eastern Bloc countries and sub-Saharan Africa.Her work has been published in top academic journals and featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, as well the recipient of many prestigious awards and grants. She serves in several editorial positions and has consulted for agencies such as The World Bank, the Global Development Network and the China Development Bank.

    Her non-academic writings can be found here..

    Amy Yee, Journalist and Writer at Chicago Sun-Times

    Amy Yee is an award-winning journalist, currently with Chicago Sun-Times covering the economy, business, and labor. She is a former staff reporter and foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in New York and India, as well as for Bloomberg/ CityLab writing about inequality in the US and solutions to social problems.
    Amy has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR and 30+ US and UK media outlets. She has reported from more than 20 countries, including ten in Africa, as well as India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

    Amy is the author of the nonfiction book “Far From the Rooftop of the World” with a Foreword by the Dalai Lama, about Tibetan refugees in India and beyond.

    She has won three awards from the United Nations Correspondents Association for reporting on climate change solutions in Bangladesh; first place from the Association of Healthcare Journalists for articles about reducing deaths of children in India and Bangladesh; and four awards from the South Asian Journalists Association.

    In 2023 she won the Asian American Journalists Association’s award for reporting about protecting rights of immigrant voters in Philadelphia; a Society of Professional Journalists award for racial equity reporting; and Chicago Journalists Association’s award for best Business story about equitable small business loans.

    More about her is at

  • Travel Information

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Study at the University of Chicago. Room rates start at $259+tax/night. The deadline to make hotel reservations is April 3, 2024, after which rooms will be released to the general public.

    Reservations will be made by event guests calling the hotel directly at 773.643.1600 or e-mailing and referring to the group name: MD Room Block.

    All rooms shall be available for check-in no later than 3:00 PM with a check-out time no earlier than 12:00 PM.

    Reserve a Room

    If flying, we would recommend Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) which is about 8 miles from campus. An alternative, for which flights may be less expensive, would be O’Hare International Airport (ORD) which is located about 25 miles from campus.