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Visiting scholar addresses development and globalization

Feb. 22, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A visiting scholar will talk about development and globalization during a presentation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Hadi Saleh Esfahani is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will speak as part of the Werner Sichel Economics Lecture-Seminar Series. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Development Policy in a Globalizing World: New Perspectives on Options and Constraints."

Esfahani's theoretical and empirical research focuses on the political economy of development, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. He serves as editor of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, president of the Middle East Economic Association and director of the Global Studies Initiative at the University of Illinois. He also has worked for the World Bank as a visiting staff economist and consultant.

Esfahani earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Tehran University and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published numerous articles on the role of politics and governance in fiscal, trade and regulatory policy formation.

Esfahani is among six leading economists exploring globalization and its impact during the 44th annual speaker series, which is named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. Presented by the Department of Economics, the series is co-sponsored by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

For more information, call the WMU Department of Economics at (269) 387-5535.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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