Theme workshops

 

The STEG programme is structured around six themes. In August and September 2020, the six themes held online workshops. These workshops are a way of increasing the visibility of STEG within the research community and will play a role in helping to share knowledge of the current research frontier and in identifying open research questions. Please see the details for the different theme workshops below: 

Theme 0 Data, measurement and conceptual framing

 

Date: Thursday 10th September 2pm - 5pm (BST) & Friday 11th September 2pm - 5pm (BST)

This workshop will focus on how improved data or economic measurement can help shed light on the process of structural transformation and its link to economic growth. There is particular interest in understanding the challenges for low-income countries.

 

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Theme 1 Firms, frictions and spillovers, and industrial policy

 

Date: Thursday 3rd September 3pm - 7pm (BST) and Friday 4th September 3pm - 7pm (BST)

This workshop focused on the roles of firms, frictions, spillovers, and industrial policy in structural transformation and economic growth, with a particular interest in understanding the challenges for the poorest countries. 

 

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Theme 2 Labour, home production, and structural transformation

 

Date: Thursday 27th August 3pm - 8pm (BST)

This workshop discussed the linkages between home production, market work, and structural transformation in the development process. We will have an emphasis on papers that address structural change in the labor market in developing countries or in developed countries in historical perspectives, links between home and market work, and trends in female labor force participation over the development process.

 

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Theme 3 Agricultural productivity and sectoral gaps

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Theme 4 Trade and spatial frictions

joint workshop

 

Date: Monday 14th September 2pm - 8pm (BST) and Tuesday 15th September 2pm - 8pm (BST)

This workshop focused on how globalization shapes the structural transformation process in developing countries. In the first industrialized countries, technical improvements in agriculture favoured this process by releasing labor, increasing demand and generating savings to finance industrial projects. 

 

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Theme 5 Political Distortions and Structural Transformation

 

Date: Friday 28th August 2pm - 7pm (BST) & Saturday 29th August 2020 2pm - 6pm (BST)

This workshop focused on the political economy of policies that promote economic development. We are particularly interested in understanding the following questions: Why are growth-conductive policies or regulations adopted in some regions but not in others? What is the role of capture by interest groups and elites in determining these policy outcomes? What are the political economy implications of the increased collaboration between public and private sectors in several developing countries?

 

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