A Conversation with former World Bank Chief Economist, Yale Professor Penny Goldberg

Event Details

Hosts: Co-sponsored by the Economic Growth Center and the International and Development Economics Masters Program

Date and Time: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Location: Zoom Webinar Registration Required

Event Description

IDE Students and Alumni are welcome to join a conversation with former World Bank Chief Economist, Yale Professor Penny Goldberg: Led by IDE ‘08 Alum Diva Dhar (Senior Program Officer for Gender, Data and Evidence at the Gates Foundation).


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Pinelopi (Penny) Koujianou Goldberg is the Elihu Professor of Economics at Yale University. She was Chief Economist of the World Bank Group between November 2018 and March 2020. Goldberg is currently the President of the Econometric Society and has previously served as Vice-President of the American Economic Association. From 2011-2017 she was Editor-in-Chief of the American Economic Review. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Sloan Research Fellowships, and recipient of the Bodossaki Prize in Social Sciences. Goldberg is an applied microeconomist drawn to policy-relevant questions in trade and development.  She has exploited a broad set of methodological approaches – ranging from estimation of structural industry equilibrium models typical of the Industrial Organization literature to reduced form techniques –  to investigate the determinants and effects of trade policies, trade and inequality, intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, exchange rate passthrough, pricing to market, and international price discrimination. Her most recent research examines the resurgence of protectionism in the U.S.; trade, poverty and inequality; the interplay between informality and trade liberalization in the presence of labor market frictions; and discrimination against women in developing countries. Goldberg holds a Diplom in Economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Diva Dhar is a Senior Program Officer with the Gender Equality team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she leads a portfolio of grants on gender data, measurement and evidence with a focus on East Africa and South Asia. She was previously with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation team at the Gates Foundation, leading work on health, nutrition, youth and gender in India. Prior to joining the foundation, Diva worked for over a decade in public policy evaluation research, capacity building and use for J-PAL, Innovations for Poverty Action, World Bank, Planning Commission of India and other non-profit organizations. Diva is a doctoral candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. She has a Masters in International and Development Economics from Yale University.