Seminar Kleinman Center Event

Energy Economics and Finance Seminar


Belinda Archibong
Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College


Kleinman Center Classroom
Fisher Fine Arts Building, Room 306
Getting Here

Event Summary

The seminar series in Energy Economics & Finance (EEF) is jointly organized by Wharton’s Business Economics and Public Policy Department, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and Wharton’s Business, Climate and Environment Lab. The scope of the seminar includes regulation and policy papers. The scope of the seminar also includes environmental and transportation issues, as long as there is a connection with energy. Sessions are biweekly on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Snacks, beer, and wine will be served after the seminar!

For Fall 2023, the seminar will be held in-person in the Kleinman Center Classroom (Fisher Fine Arts Building Room 306).

Find and add a Google Calendar version of the schedule on the BEPP seminar page.

To sign up for the seminar, please send your name, email, and affiliation to Dhivya Kaushik:

Title: The Epidemic Effect: Epidemics, Institutions and Human Capital Development

Abstract: Epidemics can negatively affect economic development unless they are mitigated by global governance institutions. We examine the effects of sudden exposure to epidemics on human capital outcomes using evidence from the African meningitis belt. Meningitis shocks reduce child health outcomes, particularly when the World Health Organization (WHO) does not declare an epidemic year. These effects are reversed when the WHO declares an epidemic year. Children born in meningitis shock areas in a year when an epidemic is declared are 10 percentage points (pp) less stunted and 8.2 pp less underweight than their peers born in non-epidemic years. We find evidence for the crowd-out of routine vaccination during epidemic years. We analyze data from World Bank projects and find evidence that an influx of health aid in response to WHO declarations may partly explain these reversals.


Belinda Archibong

Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College
Belinda Archibong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history and environmental economics with an African regional focus.

Fall Seminar Dates:
  • 9/25: Brigitte Roth Tran, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • 10/16: Johannes Gessner, University of Pennsylvania
  • 10/23: Zack Miller, University of Missouri
  • 11/6: Thom Covert, University of Chicago
  • 12/4: Belinda Archibong, Columbia University