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2008 Leontief Prize
Awarded to José Antonio Ocampo and Robert Wade

Provost Jamshed Bharucha, Dr. Neva Goodwin, Dr. Robert Wade
President Lawrence Bacow, Dr. José Antonio Ocampo
Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.

Beyond the Washington Consensus:
New Visions for Trade and Development

On November 17, 2008 at Tufts Medford Campus, GDAE presented the 2008 Leontief Prize to Dr. José Antonio Ocampo, Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and to Dr. Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy and Development at the London School of Economics. The award ceremony featured lectures by Dr. Ocampo and Dr. Wade on the topic of "Beyond the Washington Consensus: New Visions for Trade and Development." GDAE Co-Director Dr. Neva Goodwin presented this year's awards to the two leading economists and noted that "our distinguished speakers today will continue a thread that has appeared in several previous Leontief Award talks: re-thinking the neoliberal assumptions about the roles of the market and the state."  Dr. Goodwin continued that "this topic becomes ever more critical under the pressure of the current economic crisis; we are fortunate to be able to hear from two people who are exceptionally knowledgeable and articulate about the proper balance, and the proper relationships, between markets and states." [see full text of Neva Goodwin's remarks].

Dr. José Antonio Ocampo giving his remarks.
Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.

Dr. José Antonio Ocampo is one of the deans of Latin American economics.  His numerous articles, books, and reports have made major contributions to development scholarship, and policy. He is a leading thinker on the reform of the international financial architecture and on macroeconomic policies to reduce the vulnerability of developing countries to international financial volatility. He worked in the United Nations, as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and held several cabinet-level government posts in his native Colombia. He currently serves as Professor and Co-director with Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue. His many books include Globalization and Development: A Latin American and Caribbean Perspective, Regional Financial Cooperation, and the forthcoming volume on Capital Market Liberalization and Development.

See José Antonio Ocampo's PowerPoint presentation: "Financial Volatility and the Space for Counter-Cyclical Macroeconomic Policies in the Developing World"

Read the 2009 January/February issue of Challenge Magazine which featured an interview conducted by GDAE Senior Researcher Kevin P. Gallagher with 2008 Leontief Prize recipients Jose Antonio Ocampo and Robert Wade.

Dr. Robert Wade giving his remarks.
Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.

Dr. Robert Wade has made seminal contributions to several fields of study. His book Governing the Market, on the state's role in East Asian development, won the American Political Science Association’s prize for Best Book in Political Economy. His Village Republics: Economic Conditions for Collective Action in South India, showed that the tragedy of the commons does not always hold true and that collective action can be an alternative to privatization and state control in the management of common property resources. More recently he has emerged as a leading critic of the view that globalization reduces global inequality and global poverty, and a leading contributor to rethinking development policy and the international policy framework.

Read the paper Robert Wade's remarks were based on:
A Crisis of the System

See Robert Wade's PowerPoint presentation: " The Market as Means Rather than Master: The Crisis of Development and the New-Old Role of Government"

Read the 2009 January/February issue of Challenge Magazine which featured an interview conducted by GDAE Senior Researcher Kevin P. Gallagher with 2008 Leontief Prize recipients Jose Antonio Ocampo and Robert Wade.

Dr. Robert Wade and Dr. José Antonio Ocampo receiving awards from Dr. William Moomaw and Dr. Neva Goodwin.
Photo by Joshua Berkowitz.

 

Following opening remarks from Tufts Provost Jamshed Bharucha, Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Moomaw presented this years prize winners with the Leontief Awards.

The 2008 Leontief Awards ceremony was featured in the Tufts Daily as well as the Tufts Journal.

 

 

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