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How do anti-poverty policies work in societies where traditional norms may carry considerable weight relative to market forces? When are social links and norms an opportunity and when are they a constraint to economic development? These issues are the main core of the Fondazione Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics.

This dedicated permanent chair has been established thanks to a donation of the Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi and assigned to Eliana La Ferrara, Professor in the Department of Economics and IGIER Fellow.

On July 9, 2012 the Chair was inaugurated at Bocconi with the academic event Social Constraints to Development.

Welcome and Introduction

Guido Tabellini
Rector, Università Bocconi

Anselmo Stucchi
President, Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi

Lectio Inauguralis: Social Constraints to Development

Eliana La Ferrara
Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics
Università Bocconi

Abhijit Banerjee
Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, MIT
Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

Debraj Ray
Julius Silver Professor of Economics, New York University

--- The complete program of this event can be downloaded here.

Last updated June 24, 2014