On November 7, ASE Professor Ian Heffernan attended the 2019 conference of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST), which took place at Peking University in Beijing, China. The goal of this annual conference is to foster intellectual partnerships, to promote research on developmental economics, and to explore how developing countries can achieve structural transformation.
Professor Heffernan was one of over 60 scholars and leaders who attended various panel discussions, keynote addresses, and workshops over the course of the conference.
The Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST) aspires to foster intellectual partnerships, to promote innovative practices, and to push the international community of scholars and leaders to think differently about how developing countries can achieve economic structural transformation. GReCEST was initiated by the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University, with support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). GReCEST is one of the primary areas of the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks, of which the African School of Economics is also a member.
Professor Ian Heffernan earned his PhD. in Economics from the University of Calgary, where he specialized in political economy, conflict, and developmental economics. He brings a diverse methodological background and a wealth of research experience to ASE, having worked extensively with applied econometrics and microeconomic theory.