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The Einaudi Center for International Studies hosted a roundtable on September 25, 2017 to discuss The World Development Report of 2017. The keynote speaker was Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva who has been the Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the European and Central Asian region and, until 2013, was Lead Economist in the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate at the World Bank.

Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 2007 to 2010. He has been an Ivy League Exchange Scholar in the Economics Department at Harvard University, as well as Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Stanford University and the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER).

Panelists included Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, Professor of Economics, and Nicolas van de Walle, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government.