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UVa Center for International Studies Global Activities Grant Request Form

Please provide the following information when requesting funds from the CIS for global activities that are relevant to UVa's global mission:

1. Your name, title, department or unit, and contact information:

Molly Lipscomb
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
and the Department of Economics,
University of Virginia

Sheetal Sekhri
Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
University of Virginia

2. The type of grant you are applying for:

University research initiatives or research groups.

3. A detailed description of this project/activity including the purpose, participants, location, dates and other relevant information:

Environmental issues in developing countries are increasingly important, as pollutant concentrations in developing countries are much higher than concentrations in developed countries where regulations are more strongly enforced. Also, the fast growth of developing countries such as India, China and Brazil make emissions concentrations an even larger concern as the greenhouse gasses emitted by their quickly growing industries take off. Decreasing water supplies across the developing world have also raised concerns over the potential consequences of climate change and the potential for agriculture in increasingly dry countries.

Environmental economics has long addressed questions surrounding the welfare consequences of pollution and the impact of environmental regulations on industries and local growth. However, little evidence exists for developing countries. A growing
number of developing economists are beginning to research these issues, and there has not, to our knowledge yet been a conference gathering these economists together. A conference on this topic would allow for increased collaboration among development economists working in the field of environmental economics and development.

We propose to hold a conference on environmental issues in developing countries May 20-21, 2013 at the University of Virginia. We expect the conference to draw participants from the top development economists working on environmental economics topics. We will hold a call for papers in January, 2013 choose the papers by March, 2013, and send invitations to presenters and senior economists by early-April, 2013.

We would like this conference to attract a high level audience including the following potential attendees. If one of the senior economists submits a paper and is accepted as a presenter, we will add another senior development economist to the list of invitees.

Senior Economist Invitees:

  • Doug Almond, Columbia University
  • Andrew Foster, Brown
  • Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University
  • Edward Miguel, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University
  • Ben Olken, MIT
  • Michael Greenstone, MIT
  • Michael Kremer, Harvard
  • Rohini Pande, Harvard
  • Mark Rosenzweig, Yale
  • Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland
  • Sebastian Galiani, University of Maryland Eswaran Somanathan, Indian Statistical Institute

Our proposed schedule is as follows:
8:30-9:30: Breakfast
9:30-10:30: Presentation I
10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-12:00: Presentation II
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:00: Presentation III
2:00-3:00: Presentation IV
3:00-3:30: Coffee Break
3:30-4:30: Presentation V
4:30-5:30: Presentation VI
6:30-8:30: Dinner with Senior Keynote speaker.

4. A brief statement on how the project contributes to UVa Center for International Studies' mission, and/or how it has the potential to deepen global learning:

This conference would further the Center for International Studies' mission of increasing UVA's exposure in research in international issues of critical importance. Environmental issues in developing countries have very strong welfare consequences, and environmental problems are growing quickly. By sponsoring a very focused development economics conference on environmental issues at UVA, we hope to establish multi-disciplinary discussions between scholars at UVA and development economists pursuing research on environmental issues. We believe that interactions at such a forum can foster research ties. The conference will be of interest not only to economists but also to political scientists, environmental scientists, systems engineers, and public health professionals. Our graduate students will get exposure to state of the art research in the area and will strengthen their educational experience. Environmental issues are at the research frontier in development economics research and we are strong in this area. This conference can be a way of deepening our capabilities. By organizing this conference, we can develop partnerships with other institutions both domestic and international. Thus, we feel that this conference will be very synergetic with the mission of CIS at UVA.

5. An itemized overall budget and amount requested from CIS:


6. Sources of co-funding (pending and/or received):