The Economics Department has a wide variety of workshops offered throughout the Spring and Fall semesters that are open to the public. The workshop schedules are posted each semester.  Announcements are made on the home page during the week the presentation will be held.

In addition to these workshops, there are a number of working groups in the department. The seminars for these groups can be found in the Graduate Academics section.

Fall 2020 Workshop Schedule

All times are Eastern Time 


Political Economy Workshops


Date Speaker(s) Title
Friday, September 11, 9.30-11.00am


Utsa Patnaik
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)


Global Food Distribution and Poverty trends: the Present in the light of the Past
(co-sponsored by the History and Development Workshop  
Tuesday, September 22, 4.00-5.30pm  


James K. Galbraith
The University of Texas at Austin    


Inequality as a social and political indicator: Some implications for the world economy, for American politics and for the pandemic


Friday, October 2, 9.30-11.0am Prabhat Patnaik
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)


Imperialism and the COVID-19 Global Crisis (preliminary)
(co-sponsored by Five Colleges Post-Colonial Marxism Faculty Seminar)
Tuesday, October 13, 4.00-5.30pm Laura Carvalho
University of São Paulo


Multi-dimensional inequalities and Covid-19 in Brazil 
Tuesday, October 27, 4.00-5.30pm  


Nancy Folbre
UMass Amherst
Dzodzi Tsikata
University of Ghana


Covid-19: Implications for the Care Sector
(co-sponsorship with Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies tbc.)


Tuesday, November 10, 7.30-9.00pm Cui Zhiyuan
Tsinghua University


What does the COVID-19 crisis tell us about China?


Tuesday, November 17, 4.00-5.30pm Mike Davis
University of California Riverside


Political Economy Workshop
Tuesday, November 24, 4.00-5.30pm Tiago Mata
University College London


Radial Political Economics – A History of Thought Perspective
TBA Patrick Bond 
Witts University in Johannesburg
Cosponsored by the PERI African Dev Program and the Five College African Studies Program       


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Economic History and Development Workshops

Date Speaker(s) Title
Friday, September 11, 9.30-11.00am Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Global Food Distribution and Poverty trends: the Present in the light of the Past 
(co-sponsored by the History and Development Workshop  
Wednesday, September 16, 4:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link
Jenny Withrow The Farm Woman's Problem:" Farm Crisis in the U.S. South and Migration to the City, 1920-1940”
Tables here
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link
Karmen Naidoo
Leonce Ndikumana
Unit Labor Costs and Manufacturing Sector Performance in Africa


Wednesday, November 11, 4:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link
Francisco Perez An Enduring Neocolonial Alliance: The History of the CFA Franc
Wednesday, November 18, 4:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link (TBA)
Ted Fertik TBA

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Applied Microeconomics Workshops

To receive the password for the Applied Microeconomics Zoom sessions, please contact the organizers,
Arin Dube ( or Ina Ganguli (

Date Speaker(s) Title
Wednesday, October 14, 4:00-5:15pm Till Marco von Wachter
Info: Socioeconomic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession
View Session: Socioeconomic Decline and Death
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00-5:15pm Eliza Forsythe
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Labor Demand in the time of COVID-19
Wednesday, October 28, 4:00-5:15pm Ellora Derenoncourt
UC Berkeley
Spillovers from voluntary employer minimum wages
Wednesday, November 18, 4:00-5:15pm Damon Jones
University of Chicago

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Economic Theory Workshops

Date Speaker(s) Title