PODER Conference and CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics

Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

2-3 October 2015

Friday 2 October

09.00 - 09.30

Breakfast, tea and coffee         

Pre-Conference Work in Progress Session

09.30 – 09.55

Immigrant Networks and Education
Tetyan Surovtseva (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)                                                         

09.55 – 10.20

Emigration and Political Power: Evidence from the Age of Mass Migration
Mounir Karadja (IIES, Stockholm University), joint with Erik Prawitz (IIES, Stockholm University)

10.20 – 10.45

Conspicuous Consumption and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
Christopher Roth (Oxford University)

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.40

Learning About Oneself: The Effects of Signaling Academic Ability on School Choice
Matteo Bobba (Toulouse School of Economics) joint with Veronica Frisancho (IDB)

11.40 – 12.05

Formalizing rural land rights in West Africa: Early evidence from a randomized impact evaluation in Benin
Kenneth Houngbedji (Paris School of Economics), joint with Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Florence Kondylis (World Bank), Michael O'Sullivan (World Bank) and Harris Selod (World Bank)

12.05 – 12.30

The Productivity Effects of Labour Reallocation: Evidence from India
Jonathan Colmer (London School of Economics)

12.30 – 14.00

Buffet Lunch, Conference Registration

Conference Session 1

14.00 – 15.00

The Urban Mortality Transition, Urban Malthusian Dynamics, and the Rise of Poor Mega-Cities
Remi Jedwab (George Washington University), with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston)

15.00 – 16.00

Cereals, Appropriability and Hierarchy
Luigi Pascali (University of Warwick), with Joram Mayshar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Omer Moav (University of Warwick and CEPR) and Zvika Neeman (Yale University and Tel Aviv University)

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee Break

Conference Session 2

16.30 – 17.30

Low Quality, Low Returns, Low Adoption: Evidence from the Market for Fertilizer and Hybrid Seed in Uganda
Jakob Svensson (IIES, Stockholm University and CEPR), with Tessa Bold (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and CEPR), Kayuki C. Kaizzi (National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL)) and David Yanagizawa-Drott (Harvard University)

17.30 – 18.30

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality
Emily Breza (Columbia Business School), with Supreet Kaur (Columbia University and CEPR), and Yogita Shamdasani (Columbia University)


Conference Dinner

Saturday 3 October

08.30 – 09.00

Breakfast, tea and coffee

Conference Session 3

09.00 – 10.00

The Future in Mind: Aspirations and Forward-Looking Behaviour in Rural Ethiopia
Kate Orkin (University of Cambridge), with Tanguy Bernard (IFPRI), Stefan Dercon (Oxford University and CEPR) and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (IFPRI)   

10.00 – 11.00


Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance
Adam Szeidl (Central European University and CEPR), with Jing Cai (University of Michigan)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

Conference Session 4

11.30 – 12.30


The Lazarus Drug The impact of the expansion of access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS on economic growth
Anna Tompsett (Stockholm University)

12.30 – 13.30

Market Anomalies Under Saving Constraints: Evidence from the Kenya Dairy Industry
Lorenzo Casaburi (Stanford University), with Rocco Macchiavello (University of Warwick and CEPR)

13.30 – 14.30


Buffet Lunch