Alice Amsden Memorial Lecture: How Economies Grow - Alice Amsden and the Real World Economics of Late Industrialisation

  • Date: Thursday, 04 September 2014
  • Venue: SEBS seminar suite, 1st Floor ???????? New Commerce Building, West Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
Alice Amsden Memorial Lecture
Speaker – Professor Stephanie Seguino

How Economies Grow: Alice Amsden and the 
Real World Economics of Late Industrialisation

4 September 2014 - 18:30 for 19:00 (light dinner served)

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA; Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; and Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D. from American University, she served as economist in Haiti for several years in the pre- and post-Baby Doc era. Her current research explores the relationship between inequality, growth and development. A major focus of that work explores the effect of gender equality on macroeconomic outcomes. She has also examined the gender and race effects of contractionary monetary policy. She is an instructor in the African Program for Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE), Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and a member of the editorial board of Review of Keynesian Economics, as well as past president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. More recently, she was guest editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on the global economic crisis. She has worked with a wide variety of international organisations and trade unions including the UNDP, UNRISD, World Bank, AFL-CIO and ITUC.
Alice H. Amsden, an expert in economic development who served as the Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, died suddenly on March 14 at her home in Cambridge. She was 68. A prolific scholar, Amsden wrote extensively about the process of industrialisation in emerging economies, particularly in Asia. Her work frequently emphasised the importance of the state as a creator of economic growth, and challenged the idea that globalisation had produced generally uniform conditions in which emerging economies could find a one-size-fits-all path to prosperity.