Understanding Economic Development

Hosted by Sir Arthur Lewis Centenary Event

Old Theatre, Old Building


Professor Sir Paul Collier

Professor Dani Rodrik


Professor Stuart Corbridge

2015 marks the centenary of the birth of the LSE’s Nobel Prize winning economist, William Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). Sir Arthur Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics for “pioneering research into economic development research with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries”. As part of LSE's marking of the centenary, this event will see Rodrik and Collier reflect on some important themes on the subject of “Understanding Economic Development” and their relation to Lewis’s earlier work.

Paul Collier is a Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies also at Oxford University.

Dani Rodrik (@rodrikdani) is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Centennial Professor at the LSE European Institute and Department of Economics. He has published widely in international economics and globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. He is the author of The Globalization Paradox (Norton, 2011) and One Economics, Many Recipes (Princeton, 2007).

Stuart Corbridge is Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.

This event is organised in conjunction with the International Growth Centre and STICERD.

Find out more about Arthur Lewis's connection to LSE on the LSE History blog. 2015 is LSE’s 120th anniversary. Join in the celebrations at #LSE120 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEALewis


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