Evaluating the Credibility Revolution in African Development

Colloquium | March 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, www.kwekuopokuagyemang.com

 Center for African Studies

Randomized controlled trials in African development - inspired by the scientific method - have remade what economic development means not only for the fields of comparative politics and development economics - but in the lived experiences of many Africans in ways that academic scholarship and even policy making could not have possibly anticipated. In my talk, I bring analyze these evaluations drawing on my book Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World published by the University of California Press.

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang is an economist and research fellow with the Center for Effective Global Action, a hub for international development research at UC Berkeley. His research interests span the political economy of corruption, research transparency and technological impacts. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from Ohio University, and B.A. from the University of Ghana.

 BERKELEY, CA 94720, asc@berkeley.edu