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Columbia University discussion: Why Nations Succeed | The Building Blocks

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Despite may years of research and interventions, the modern world is characterized by extraordinary wealth combined with widespread poverty and violence. This panel brings together respected scholars from Anthropology, Economics, Finance and Law to discuss the challenges before us and how their research may provide new ways to tackle these issues and build successful nations.


Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jean Ensminger, Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Science at the California Institute of Technology

Ulrike Malmendier, Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor and Professor of Finance, University of California Berkeley

Robert E. Scott, Alfred McCormack Professor of Law and Director, Center on Contract and Economic Organization, Columbia University