Discussions and Lectures:

  • "Productivity across Countries," Expert panel on productivity, Permanent Council, Organization of American States
    USA, Virtual, February 09, 2022
  • Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) Special Lecture 2021: "From Micro to Macro: Land Institutions, Agricultural Productivity, and Structural Transformation,"
    CEPR Virtual, December 02, 2021
    [Link to Video and Slides]  
  • Semi-Plenary Lecture in Macroeconomics: "From Micro to Macro: Land Institutions, Agricultural Productivity, and Structural Transformation,"
    North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society 2021 (Virtual)
    Montreal, June 13, 2021
  • Bank of Canada Fellowship Lecture: "From Micro to Macro: Land Institutions, Agricultural Productivity, and Structural Transformation,"
    Canadian Economic Association Meeting 2021 (Virtual)
    Vancouver, June 3, 2021  
  • "La Historia Monetaria y Fiscal de America Latina: El Caso Venezuela,"
    UCAB-CAF, Caracas (Virtual)
    May 4, 2021
    [Slides] [Link to video (in Spanish)]  
  • Discussion of "Misallocation or Mismeasurement?"
    by Mark Bils, Pete Klenow, and Cian Ruane,
    JME-Swiss National Bank-Study Center Gerzensee Conference,
    The Real Interest Rate and the Marginal Product of Capital in the XXIst Century,
    October 15-16, 2020
  • Keynote presentation: "Resource Allocation and Aggregate Productivity,"
    Policies to Raise Productivity and Standards of Living in Latin America,
    Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Universidad de Los Andes
    Bogota, Colombia, August 9, 2019
  • Keynote Lecture: "Resource Allocation and Aggregate Productivity,"
    The 4th Biennial Conference of China Development Studies,
    Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Shanghai, China, July 6-7, 2019
  • Discussion of "Productivity and Long-Term Growth in Latin America,"
    by Pablo Sanguinetti,
    FLAR/CAF XIV Annual Economic Studies Conference,
    Rethinking the Economic Policy in Latin America in Uncertain and Changing Environment,
    Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, June 6-7, 2019
  • Panel presentation "Venezuela's Economic Crisis: A Historical Perspective,"
    Venezuela in Perspective,
    Canadiana Gallery, University of Toronto
    Toronto, March 25, 2019
  • Discussion of "Are There Too Many Farms in the World? Labor-Market Transaction Costs, Machine Capacities and Optimal Farm Size,"
    by Andrew Foster and Mark Rosenzweig,
    NBER Summer Institute,
    Productivity, Development, and Entrepreneurship Workshop,
    Cambridge, July 18, 2018
  • Discussion of "Technological Change, Labor Supply, and Gender Differences in Occupational Choice,"
    by Elisa Keller,
    Gender Economics Workshop,
    Madrid, May 24-25, 2018
  • Discussion of "The Life-Cycle Growth of Plants in Colombia: Fundamentals vs. Distortions,"
    by Marcela Eslava and John Haltiwanger,
    NBER Summer Institute,
    Productivity, Development and Entrepreneurship Workshop,
    Cambridge, July 19, 2017
  • "Misallocation and Aggregate Productivity across Time and Space,"
    State of the Art Lecture,
    Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting,
    St Francis Xavier University,
    Antigonish, Nova Scotia, June 2, 2017
  • "Structural Change, Misallocation, and Aggregate Productivity,"
    Panel on Structural Change and Productivity,
    Second Generation Productivity Analysis and Policy
    World Bank/European Central Bank/Competitiveness Research Network,
    World Bank, Washington DC, Oct 18-19, 2016
    [Slides]   [Script Talk]  
  • Discussion of "Urbanization, Structural Transformation, and Rural-Urban Disparities in China and India,"
    by Viktoria Hnatkovska and Amarya Lahiri,
    Canadian Macroeconomics Study Group (CMSG), McGill University,
    Montreal, Nov 6-7, 2015
  • Discussion of "Capital Allocation and Productivity in South Europe,"
    by Gita Gopinath, Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Loukas Karabarbouniis, and Carolina Villegas-Sanchez,
    NBER Summer Institute, Macroeconomics and Productivity Workshop,
    Boston, July 14, 2015
  • "Resource Allocation and Productivity in Agriculture,"
    Plenary Panel: Agricultural Policy in Africa
    CSAE Conference 2015, Economic Development in Africa
    University of Oxford, UK, March 22, 2015
    [Web Link to Event]   [Slides]   [Draft Paper]  
  • "Misallocation and Productivity in Uruguay,"
    Policy Forum on Productivity Growth in Uruguay,
    Organized by SEU, RIDGE, and IDB
    Montevideo, Uruguay, December 13, 2014
    [Web Link to Event]   [Slides]  
  • Discussion of "Commodity Prices: Macroeconomic and Distributional Implications,"
    by Marina Mendes Tavares, Adrian Peralta, and Irina Telyukova
    Workshop on Macroeconomic Policy and Income Inequality, International Monetary Fund,
    Washington DC, September 18-19, 2014
  • Discussion of "Structural Change and the Rise and Fall of Marital Unions,"
    by Alessio Moro, Solmaz Moslehi, and Satoshi Tanaka,
    Workshop on Structural Transformation, Paris School of Economics,
    Paris, June 19-20, 2014
  • Discussion of "The Impact of Regional and Sectoral Productivity Changes on the US Economy,"
    by Lorenzo Caliendo, Fernando Parro, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, and Pierre Sarte,
    Trade, Integration, and Growth Network (TIGN), V Annual Workshop,
    Santiago, Chile, May 23-24, 2014
  • "Misallocation and Productivity in Agriculture,"
    Keynote lecture, Southern Workshop in Macroeconomics (SWIM),
    Auckland, New Zealand, March 7, 2014
  • "Reallocation and Productivity,"
    Public Lecture, Productivity Commision,
    Wellington, New Zealand, March 4, 2014
  • Discussion of "Agricultural Productivity Differences Across Countries,"
    by Doug Gollin, David Lagakos, and Michael Waugh,
    American Economic Association Annual Winter Meetings,
    Philadelphia, January 2014
  • Discussion of "Occupational Choice, Human Capital, and Financing Constraints"
    by Rui Castro and Pavel Sevcik,
    Canadian Macroeconomics Study Group (CMSG), Ryerson University
    Toronto, November, 2013
  • Discussion of "Capital-Labor Substitution, Structural Change, and Growth,"
    by Francisco Alvarez-Cuadrado, Ngo Long, and Markus Poschke,
    American Economic Association Annual Winter Meetings,
    San Diego, January 2013  
  • Discussion of "Why is Measured Productivity so Low in Agriculture,"
    by Berthold Herrendorf and Todd Schoellman,
    Canadian Macroeconomics Study Group (CMSG),
    Montreal, Novermber 2012  
  • Discussion of "International Trade: Linking Micro and Macro,"
    by J. Eaton, S. Kortum, and S. Sotelo,
    American Economic Association Annual Winter Meetings,
    Chicago, January 2012  
  • Discussion of "The Macroeconomics of Microfinance,"
    by Francisco Buera, Joe Kaboski, and Yongs Shin,
    Philadelphia Macroeconomics Conference,
    Philadelphia, April 8-9, 2011  
  • Discussion of "Aggregate Productivity in Latin America,"
    by Christian Daude and Eduardo Fernandez-Areas,
    Workshop on Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank,
    Washington DC, April 2009  
  • Discussion of "Infrastructure and Productivity,"
    by Jose Pineda,
    Workshop on Infrastructure and Development, Corporacion Andina de Fomento,
    Caracas, Venezuela, March 2009  
  • Discussion of "Social Security and Misallocation,"
    by C-T. Hsieh and P. Klenow,
    Workshop on Productivity in Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank,
    Washington DC, December 2008  
  • Discussion of "Neoclassical Miracles,"
    by Rodi Manuelli and Ananth Seshadri,
    IX Workshop in International Economics and Finance,
    Santiago, Chile, March 2007  
  • Discussion of "Exploring the Implications of Large Decreases in Transportation Costs,"
    by B. Herrendorf, J. Schmitz, and A. Texeira,
    Canadian Macroeconomic Study Group (CMSG),
    Montreal, November 2006  
  • "The Productivity of Nations,"
    Keynote lecture,
    First Australian Meeting of Macroeconomic Dynamics, Australian National University,
    Canberra, Australia, August 2006
    [Version in pdf]  
  • Discussion of "Human Capital and the Wealth of Nations,"
    by Rodolfo Manuelli and Ananth Seshadri,
    II Summer Camp in Macroeconomics, ITAM,
    Mexico City, Mexico, August 2005