William Parienté is a Visiting Professor at KPPI. He is Professor of Economics at UCLouvain in Belgium. He earned his PhD from Paris School of Economics (2007). His research focuses on development economics, labor economics and policy evaluation. He has published in top journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economics Journal: Applied Economics , Science, etc.
He is affiliated to the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) where he acts as a research, education and training co-chair since 2014.
Thought leadership seminars undertake an in-depth exploration of a particular topic in the interactive setting of a small class. The goal is to develop the ability to independently research and critically analyze information, form and defend a conclusion, and find original solutions to business and public issues. Thought leadership seminars cover fundamental knowledge, current thinking, and key open questions.
Class sessions often take the form of seminar-style group discussions, debates, and presentations where students take an active part in shaping the learning. Students may also engage with original research, thought leaders and complex cases.The seminars require a willingness to challenge yourself and others, understand and take diverse positions, and bring to class a high degree of energy and mental agility. Different topics are offered as separate sections under the same course number, KPPI-484. Please consult the syllabus for the content of the seminar.