Property rights and economic growth
Date and time: December 13 (Thu), 2018, 16:30-18:00
Venue: Room 306, Building #3, Waseda Campus
Open to students, faculty members, and the general public
Participation: No registration required
Speaker: Markus Goldstein (Lead Economist, the World Bank)
Hosted by: The Center for Positive/Empirical Analysis of Political Economy of the Top Global University Project
Organizer: Yasuyuki Todo (Professor, the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, [email protected])
This seminar weaves together two themes on the relationship between property rights and economic growth. First, when property rights are ill-defined and not well enforced, both male and female farmers choose different allocations of resources that can lead to reduced welfare. Second, women often have weaker rights, and this can manifest in different allocations and worse outcomes. This seminar will present evidence from 4 different evaluations of land registration programs in developing countries and explore how these interventions improve the allocation of productive factors and welfare outcomes for men and women.
Markus Goldstein is a development economist with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. He is currently the Gender Practice Leader in the Africa Region and a Lead Economist in the Research Group of the World Bank. His current research centers on issues of gender and economic activity, focusing on agriculture and small scale enterprises. He is currently involved in a number of impact evaluations on these topics across Africa. Markus has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Ghana, Legon, and Georgetown University. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.