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Feb 20, 2024

Global development leader, professor and author Edward ‘Ted’ Miguel visits Google to discuss how open science is transforming poverty reduction and global development.

What really works in the fight to empower the world's poorest people?  What's the science behind traditional development programs, cash grants, and tech transfer efforts? Ted shares his learnings from his years leading UC Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action, or CEGA.

Ted’s main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor; and methods for transparency in social science research. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.

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