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Panel Event: Expanding development diagnostics

Oxford Policy Management welcomes a distinguished panel to discuss 'Thicker Diagnostics: Expanding development diagnostics'

François Bourguignon, Stefan Dercon, Sue Parnell, Lant Pritchett, and Kunal Sen will discuss diagnostics in development, from historical applications, to contemporary approaches. Drawing on personal experiences the panel will compare the strengths and weaknesses of diagnostics and how they can be used to tackle global developmental challenges, such as conflict, the Sustainable Development Goals and disruptive technologies.

The panel will also look at the possible fusion of diagnostic approaches, to include political analysis and economic and technical approaches, to produce a 'thicker diagnostic'. Once a political analysis is added to growth diagnostics, emerging results differ. The panel will consider the implications for 'thicker diagnostics' applied to sectors, to cities and regions, and to countries in conflict. 

Working paper: Thicker policy diagnostics

The event will include a practical application of how to do a 'thicker diagnostic', using current project examples, led by OPM's Principal Economist, Stevan Lee, and Senior Economist, Umar Salam. 

The panel will be chaired by OPM’s Acting CEO and Chief Economist, Mark Henstridge.

The panel event was livestreamed on OPM's Facebook and Youtube channels. Rewatch the livestream here.

Watch our post-event video

Panel Members

François Bourguignon is the Economics Development Institute Research Director, chairman of the Institutional Diagnostic Tool Scientific Committee, Emeritus Chair at the Paris School of Economics, and former Chief Economist of the World Bank. He coordinates inputs from EDI's four research areas and leads on randomised control trial and institutional diagnostic tool components.

Stefan Dercon is a Professor of Economic Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, and fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. He is the Director of the Centre of the Study of African Economies and was previously the Chief Economist for the Department of International Development. He was awarded an honorary CMG award for services to economics and international development in 2018.  

Sue Parnell is a Global Challenges Professor of Human Geography at the University of Bristol and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town. She is the co-founder of African Centre for Cities and has been involved in local, national, and global urban policy debates around the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Lant PritchettLant Pritchett is the Research Director for the Research on Improving Systems of Education programme at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, and was previously a Professor of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. He has published substantially on development topics.

Kunal Sen is the director of United Nations University World Institute for Development and Economics Research and a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Manchester. He was Joint Research Director for the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. He is extensively published and internationally recognised for his impact on policy.