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Notice of ICEA meeting on Tuesday 13th February 2018, at 18h00 for 18h30, Dr Jonathan Fisher (ICEA Member), will speak on “Environmental regulation: economic impact and post-Brexit perspective” Meeting

“Jonathan Fisher will review the evidence on the economic impacts of environmental regulation. This is his chapter of a book just published on environmental regulation that has been written by former Environment Agency managers with over 200 years practical experience of delivering environmental regulations. He will present estimates of the costs and benefits of environmental regulation and the evidence on the impacts of environmental regulation on economic growth, innovation and competitiveness.”

ICEA Future Meeting Programme for 2018

Ed Smythe, will speak on “The Need for Monetary and Banking Reform” on Wednesday 14th March 2018

Nick Haslam, will speak on “Syria” on Tuesday 03rd April 2018

“Nicholas Haslam is Head of Syria for Adam Smith International, a UK-based international development firm, where he oversees western governments’ support to Syrian opposition government. The focus of his talk will be defined nearer the date.”

Robert Mwanamanga, will speak on “Does Foreign Aid Promote Growth? Evidence from Malawi” on Tuesday 15 May 2018

“Robert Mwanamanga is a senior Government of Malawi official. He won the 2016 ICEA/DSA economic prize with his paper reviewing how theories on the economic impact of foreign aid have developed since the 1960′s and testing those theories against evidence from Malawi.”

Tuesday 12th June 2018 “TBC”

Paul Fenton, will speak on “The Impact of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on Corruption on Zambia” on Wednesday 11th July 2018

Paul Fenton was joint winner of the 2017 ICEA/DSA prize. He will
present his winning paper which looks at how the EITI’s impact on
national corruption tends to fluctuate at different stages in the EITI process and how this makes it difficult to evaluate its effects
AGM, Wednesday 12th September 2018


Meetings are held at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, www.artworkersguild.org is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.


Our usual meeting date is now the second or third Wednesday of the month at 6.00 for 6:30 p.m. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, and we aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm.

Our standard format is a discussion meeting with an initial keynote address followed by questions and contributions from the floor. The keynote address may be by a Guest Speaker or by an ICEA member.  We aim to hold nine meetings a year. In the interests of topicality and to accommodate speakers’ travel arrangements, we work to a short-term rolling programme rather that fixing an annual programme in advance.


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The ICEA/DSA Masters Dissertation Prize

In 2015 the ICEA launched its Masters Dissertation Prize in association with the Development Studies Association (DSA – www.devstud.orgs.uk) The annual prize of £1,000 is awarded to the best masters dissertation on development economics submitted to the DSA.

The 2016 DSA/ICEA dissertation prize has been awarded to Robert Mwanamanga from Bradford University. His paper tackled a central question of development: “Does foreign aid promote growth? Evidence from Malawi”. The prize judges noted how it starts with an extremely capable review of aid-growth theories from the 1940s onwards, in a neat structure of 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation theories. This is paralleled by a review of empirical studies over the same period. The major criticisms of aid are also addressed. After describing the economic background in Malawi, the paper goes on to a set of statistical analyses testing different theories on the mechanisms which link aid and economic growth against Malawi data. The study concludes that aid to Malawi shows diminishing, even negative returns, but it recognises that this at least partly reflects the fact that Malawi is one of the most aid dependent countries in the world. (Robert’s paper is available here.)

The judges highly commended Takeshi Miwa (University of Sheffield) for his work, “Drug prescription practices in the private health sector: a case study of Lugala Lutheran Hospital in rural Tanzania”. WHO recommends a maximum of 2 prescriptions per patient visit. The paper reviews hypotheses on the causes of overprescribing and tests them against the hospital’s data. The results suggest that prescribing was ‘somewhat suboptimal’ and that staff experience was a factor.

2015 was the first year for the ICEA/DSA Masters Dissertation prize.  The prize of £1,000, which is wholly funded by the ICEA, was won by Matthew Juden of SOAS for his dissertation on “Realist random controlled trials of development interventions.”

More details including a copy of the 2015 winner’s paper can be found on www.devstud.org.uk

Information on the 2017 award will be posted shortly.