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Nordic Conference in Development Economics, NCDE 2023

Welcome to the 21st Nordic Conference in Development Economics which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 13-15, 2023.

This yearly conference serves as a meeting point for development economists active in the Nordic countries, but is also targeted more generally to academic researchers in Europe and beyond with a special aim to provide an arena for junior scholars to present their work. 

We gratefully acknowledge financial support of the conference from Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse & Tore Browaldhs stiftelse, and from the School of Business, Economics and Law (Handelshögskolan), University of Gothenburg, through the Partnership Programme Internationalization Support 2023.

Keynote speakers

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Chris Blattman

Keynote address on the 13th of June (via video link).

Chris Blattman is an economist and political scientist who uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. He is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Martina Björkman Nyqvist

Keynote address on the 14th of June.

Martina Björkman Nyqvist is an economist whose interests include development economics, health economics, public service delivery, and the economics of education. She has done research projects in Uganda, Nigeria, Lesotho, India, and Sweden. Martina is the Carl Bennet & Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Professor in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics.

E. Somanathan

Keynote address on the 15th of June.

E. Somanathan is a professor in the Economics and Planning unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi and the Program Director of the Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE). His research is in the economics of environment and development and microeconomic theory.

Registration & Practicalities

Conference participants are expected to finance travel and accommodation by their own means or by support from their home universities. There is no conference fee.


The conference will take place at the School of Business, Economics and Law, Vasagatan 1, Gothenburg. Registration and introduction in SEB lecture hall, House E and floor 4.

Directions from the airport:

  • Airport bus to "Centralstationen", get off at "Korsvägen". Tram no 2 towards "Högsbotorp", get off at "Handelshögskolan".

Directions from the train station:

  • Tram no 2 towards "Högsbotorp", get off at "Handelshögskolan"
  • Tram no 3, 6 or 11, get off at "Hagakyrkan". Three minute walk to the School.
  • Bus 25 or 761, get off at "Pilgatan", right next to the School.

Dinner venue on Wednesday