Armin Falk, Alessandra Fogli and Felipe Kast Sommerhoff discussing at the session on culture and economic prosperity.
Armin Falk is a Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and Chief Executive Officer of briq. He is Fellow of the European Economic Association, Director of the Bonn Laboratory for Experimental Economics, Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and affiliated with Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), CESifo, and the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
Falk’s research focuses on determinants and consequences of time, risk and social preferences, sources of inequality, early childhood development, and the malleability of moral behavior. He has received two ERC grants and was awarded the Gossen Prize in 2008, the Leibniz Prize in 2009, as well as the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in 2011.
Alessandra Fogli is monetary advisor and assistant director in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Before joining the Minneapolis Fed in 2013, Fogli has been an assistant professor at New York University and at the University of Minnesota and an associate professor at Università Bocconi. Fogli is also a faculty research fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
Fogli’s research explores how an individual’s social context, including family, neighborhood, school, as well as society at large, affects economic behavior and in turn aggregates economic outcomes, such as labor force participation and fertility patterns, output growth and income inequality. Her articles have been published in journals such as Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the American Economic Journal.
Felipe Kast Sommerhoff is a Chilean congressman, an economist, and consultant. He was also a Presidential Candidate for the 2017 election. From 2010 to 2011, he was Minister of Social Development of Chile under the first Presidency of Sebastián Piñera. Following the earthquake on February 27, 2011, he was the Presidential Delegate for Chilean Reconstruction, 2011 to 2013.
Kast has a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. His interest has always been focused on the design and implementation of public policies to overcome poverty. His academic work was recognized through several grants, most notably that of the Multidisciplinary Inequality and Social Policy Program at Harvard University.
Chair: David Yanagizawa-Drott is a Professor of Development and Emerging Markets at the University of Zurich, and affiliated professor at the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. Previously he was Associate Professor (2014 to 2016) and Assistant Professor (2010 to 2014) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
His research interests include political economics and economic development, with current focus on culture, conflict and globalization. Faculty affiliations include: Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), European Development Research Network (EUDN) and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).
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