Bocconi University, Vice-Rector for Research, Milan, I.
As an introduction to the theme of the workshop, some key facts regarding global trends in nutrition in the developing world will be presented. The possible underlying causes will be briefly analyzed, including the role of technology, resource constraints, information and social norms. Finally, the benefits of rigorous evaluations to shed light on the relative importance of the above causes and help design effective interventions will be discussed.
Eliana La Ferrara is Professor in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan where she is also the Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics and the Dean for Research. She is also a Fellow and Board Member of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) as well as an Executive Committee Member of the European Development Research Network (EUDN). Professor La Ferrara holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University (1999) and a Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University (1993). Her main research fields are Development Economics, Political Economics and Public Economics. Her research focuses on the role of social factors in economic development. She has studied the effects of ethnic diversity on cooperation, trust and public good provision; the role of kin structure and inheritance norms on economic outcomes; the effects of television on fertility preferences and marital outcomes. She has also investigated political constraints to development, with particular focus on the causes and consequences of violent conflict. Professor La Ferrara has published in renowned journals such as American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Development Economics, and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, among others. She has coordinated the Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Projects PODER (Policy Design and Evaluation Research) and AMID (Actors, Markets, and Institutions in Developing Countries: A micro-empirical approach).