Cornell Research Academy of Development, Law, and Economics (CRADLE)

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The world stands at a crossroads, with rising anxiety about our capacity to sustain economic and social development while containing political and other conflicts. Attending to these concerns requires a passionate desire to create a better world, and the ability to harness the best ideas and research available.

CRADLE is intended to connect faculty and students at Cornell with leading thinkers in academia, government, international development, civil society, and the private sector. Participants come from different disciplines and vocations, but all share an interest in tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time, from social and institutional development to finance and global economic policy. 

CRADLE's founding directors are Kaushik Basu (economics) and Robert Hockett (law and public policy). Basu served as chief economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016 and is currently president of the International Economic Association. Hockett is senior counsel at Westwood Capital, worked at the International Monetary Fund and the New York Federal Reserve, and advises legislators, regulators, and NGOs at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Advisory board

Cornell members

Christopher B. Barrett (applied economics and management), Robert H. Frank (economics), Ravi Kanbur (economics), Sital Kilantry (law), Muna Ndulo (law), Ted O'Donoghue (economics), Saule Omarova (law)

External members

Daniel Alpert (Westwood Capital), Stephanie Kelton (Stony Brook University), Zia Mody (AZB & Partners, Mumbai), Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia), Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University)

News and events

Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Stiglitz

Contemporary Challenges in Law, Economics, and Conflict

April 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
NYC Cornell Club, 6 E. 44th St., New York City

A two-day private conference will launch with a public opening session featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, African Development Bank vice president and chief economist Célestin Monga, and economist Joseph Zeira of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

There is no cost, but seats are limited and reservations are required. Please register here by April 6

The conference will continue with talks by Brett Frischmann, Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University; Gaël Giraud, chief economist, AFD, Paris; Gillian Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and professor of economics, University of Southern California; Karla Hoff, lead economist, Development Research Group, World Bank; Yair Listokin, Shibley Family Fund Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Cheryl Long, Cheung Kong Scholar and professor, Xiamen University; John E. Roemer, Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics, Yale University; Paige Skiba, professor of law, Vanderbilt Law School; and Anand V. Swamy, professor of economics, Williams College.