2018 Birger Lecture Series
Thursday, April 12, 2018
"Bankers without Borders"
Presented by: Asli Demirguc-Kunt
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is the Director of Research at the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a
Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy,
Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager,
doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.
She is the lead author of the World Bank Policy Research Report 2007 Finance for All,
Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access and has also created the World Bank’s Global
Financial Development Report.
The author of over 100 publications, she has published widely in academic journals.
Her research has focused on the links between financial development and firm performance
and economic development. Banking crises, financial regulation, access to financial services,
and inclusion including SME finance are among her areas of research. Prior to coming to the Bank,
she was an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A.
in economics from the Ohio State University.
2017 Wellington Burnham Lecture
Thursday, November 16, 2017
"The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: What Did It Find and What Does That Mean?"
Presented by: Amy Finkelstein, John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amy Finkelstein is the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT
designed to encourage and facilitate randomized evaluations of important domestic policy issues.
She is one of the two Principal Investigators for the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment,
a randomized evaluation of the impact of extending Medicaid coverage to low income, uninsured adults.