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Yale SOM Professors Olav Sorenson and Mushfiq Mobarak in London

Wednesday, Sep 26 2012 at 10:30 pm - Thursday, Sep 27 2012 at 12:30 am EDT

Frederick Frank '54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management Olav Sorenson and Associate Professor of Economics A. Mushfiq Mobarak presented on their recent research in London on September 26, 2012. About 25 people were in attendance for a great night of learning and mingling. Olav Sorenson, "Venture Capital and Economic Growth" Investments in venture capital have plummeted during the recent economic crisis. In the short term, that has made it more difficult for entrepreneurs to raise money, but will it also have longer-term effects on the economy? Professor Sorenson will discuss the critical role that a local venture capital community plays in enabling entrepreneurs, creating jobs and raising incomes. A. Mushfiq Mobarak, "Why is it so Difficult to Get Developing Country Citizens to Adopt Welfare-Improving Technologies and Behaviors?" Professor Mobarak, a development economist at Yale SOM, will discuss results of large-scale field experiments he has conducted in South Asia and Africa, where he encourages investments in ‘apparently beneficial' products and behaviors like improved cook-stoves, seasonal migration, sanitary latrines, and new agricultural technologies using financial incentives and other marketing techniques. Using randomized controlled trials, he tries to identify the key aversions to behavior change in these settings. Appetizers were provided by SOMAA. Where: Adam Street Private Members Club (Rehearsal Room), 9 Adam Street, London, WC2N 6AA

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    9 Adam Street London, England