Third Annual Hewlett/PRB Research Conference on Population Impacts on Economic Development

The Third Annual Research Conference on Population Impacts on Economic Development was held in Dublin, Ireland on Jan. 16-18, 2009, at the University College, Dublin. The world's most prominent researchers on population and economic development met to explore the state of the field, emphasizing new methodologies and priority research topics.

Conference participants came together to learn about ongoing and planned research on how population dynamics and reproductive health affect economic development. There remains a significant focus on how to communicate research to policymakers. This year, researchers and conference participants continued to work together to identify gaps in evidence and methods that inhibit development of sound policies on population, family planning, and reproductive health. This thinking will culminate in a forthcoming paper cataloguing the current efforts and future opportunities.

The Community of Research Practice (CoRP) on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development continues to grow the international network of researchers expands. Organizations involved in the CoRP are the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Population Reference Bureau, Center for Global Development , Economic and Social Research Council, World Bank, African Economic Research Consortium, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Agence Française de Développement, and grantee academic institutions. The network of researchers established through these research programs maintain contact through annual research conferences, biannual methodology workshops, and other activities to build the research community of interest. Researchers actively pursuing study in relevant fields are encouraged to contact the program sponsors for further information about funding and conference opportunities.

Agenda (PDF: 105KB)

Conference Participants and Presentations

Nava Ashraf, Harvard Business School: Gender, Intra-household Decisionmaking, and the Demand for Children: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Lusaka, Zambia (PPT: 2.03MB)

Javier Baez, World Bank: Civil Wars Beyond their Borders: The Human Capital and Health Consequences of Hosting Refugees (PPT: 3.75MB)

Angela Baschieri, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Unintended Childbearing and Family Welfare in Rural Malawi (PPT: 785KB)

Jocelyn Finlay, Harvard University School of Public Health: Reproductive Health, Fertility, and Economic Development (PPT: 134KB)

Andrew Foster, Brown University: Population Growth, Land Fragmentation, and Groundwater (PDF: 3.38MB)

Winnie Fung, Harvard University: Intergenerational Effects of the 1959-61 China Famine (PDF: 303KB)

Kelly Hallman, Population Council: Enhancing the Economic, Health and Social Capabilities of Highly Vulnerable Youth (PPT: 4.33MB)

Peter Heller, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: How Much Do Demographic Factors Influence Infrastructure Demand in Developing Countries? (PPT: 573KB)

Allan Hill, Harvard University: Reproductive and Overall Health Outcomes and Their Economic Consequences for Household in Accra, Ghana (PPT: 581KB)

David Lam, University of Michigan, and Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town: Assessing the Impacts of Teen Pregnancy on Human Capital in South Africa (PPT: 1.84MB)

Sonia C. Laszlo, McGill University: Health, Aging and Socio-Economic Conditions in Mexico (PPT: 146KB)

Anju Malhotra, Internation Center for Research on Women, What Next? (PPT: 262KB)

Dinika Mirpuri, Institute for International Education, Overview of IIE and Dissertation (PPT: 1.8MB)

Jotham Musinguzi, Africa Office of Partners in Population and Development, Uganda: What Policy Makers Need to Know about Population (PPT: 346KB)

Rachel Nugent, Center for Global Development: Population Dynamics and Economic Development: An Assessment of Recent Research (PPT: 117KB)

Uma Radhakrishnan, University of Virginia: A Dynamic Structural Model of Contraceptive Use and Employment Sector Choice for Women in Indonesia (PPT: 1.21MB)

Ruerd Ruben, Radboud University: Impact of Reproductive Health Services on Socioeconomic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Connecting Evidence at Macro, Meso, and Micro-Level (PDF: 709KB)

Steve Russell, London University of East Anglia: The Effects of Obstetric Complications and Their Costs on the Long-Term Economic and Social Well-Being of Women and Their Families in Burkina Faso (PPT: 1.34MB)

Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis, University of Washington, St. Louis: Aggregate Effects of HIV/AIDS on Development (PDF: 1.08MB)

Duncan Thomas, Duke University: Reproductive Health, Empowerment of Women and Economic Prosperity (PDF: 94KB)

Patrick Paul Walsh, Geary Institute, University College Dublin: Fertility, Aging, and Socioeconomic Conditions in Thailand (PPT: 1.78MB)