Department Seminars

The Department hosts a number of regular research seminars and workshops, alongside special lectures and conferences. Our regular series are:

Department Seminar Series - 'Vilfredo Pareto'

  • Department weekly seminar, invited researchers in all areas of economics present their latest work. The seminar takes place on Tuesdays, early afternoons. While mainly targeted towards an academic audience of economics faculty and graduate students, the seminar is open to the general public.


  • Our Department hosts the weekly Geneva Trade and Development Workshop (GTDW). Initiated in 2008, this is a joint project of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the University of Geneva and the World Trade Organization. The series features invited speakers for all over the world, working on topics in international trade and development economics.


  • CIES ECON Seminars: A series organised by the CIES aiming to bring top scholars in Europe to present their recent work at the frontier of environmental, resource and development economics.

Department Seminar Series | SPRING 2020

Given the increasing spread of  coronavirus, we find ourselves in unique circumstances which require responsibility and flexibility for the entire community. 

Following the general policy adopted by the Graduate Institute, the decision has been made to cancel the Vilfredo Pareto and BBL-seminar series for the entire semester. The best effort will be made to invite some of the scheduled guests in the near future.

At the same, a joint series of webinars has been organised by the CEPR and our faculty, discussing the COVID-19 crisis from an economic perspective. Find further information below.


The organizer for this academic year is Professor Julia Cajal-Grossi. If you have any questions concerning the event series, please send an e-mail to

Internal seminar series

We also organize a number of internal seminars, geared towards the participation and preparation of our PhD students


Brown Bag Lunch

  • Weekly series where professors and doctoral students presenting their ongoing research.

Macro Lunch

  • The Macro Lunch is an an informal monthly meeting aimed at providing a forum for students and professors to discuss current macroeconomic events, and questions relating to individual research.

PhD day and Development Therapy

  • Once a semester, PhD students present their research in front of their peers and faculty members.
Brown Bag Lunch - Schedule

Spring 2020

Prof. Jean-Louis Arcand, Chair of the Department of International Economics, talks about the internal seminars.
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