Programme and Papers

BREAD/CEPR/PODER Conference on Development Economics

STICERD, London School of Economics and Political Science
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Building, 1st Floor, Room 1.04

26-27 September, 2014

Programme (pdf)

Friday 26 September

09.00 - 09.30

Breakfast, tea and coffee                     

Pre-Conference Work in Progress Session for BREAD/CEPR/PODER affiliates

09.30 - 09.55

Christopher Blattman (Columbia University and BREAD), joint with Robert Blair (Yale University) and Alexandra Hartman (Yale University)
Predicting Local Violence

09.55 - 10.20

Renate Hartwig (Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Passau), joint with Michael Grimm (Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Passau) and Jann Lay (University of Göttingen)
Insurance, Informal Taxation and Investment

10.20 - 10.45

Jonas Hjort (Columbia University and BREAD), joint with Christopher Hansman (Columbia University) and Gianmarco Léon (UPF and CEPR)
Firms’ Response and Unintended Health Consequences Of Industrial Regulations

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee Break

11.15 - 11.40

Travers Barclay Child (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
East Asian Business Networks and Crisis Performance

11.40 - 12.05

Ameet Morjaria (Harvard University and BREAD), joint with Rocco Macchiavello (Warwick University, BREAD and CEPR)
Competition and Efficiency in Imperfect Markets: Evidence from Rwanda's Coffee Mills

12.05 - 12.30

Asmus Zoch (University of Cape Town)
How reliable are self-reported reservation wages? Evidence from South Africa

12.30 - 13.30

Buffet Lunch, Conference Registration (room 1.05)

Conference Session 1: Firms

13.30 - 14.45

Claudio Ferraz (PUC Rio, BREAD and IGC), joint with Frederico Finan (UC Berkeley, BREAD and IGC) and Dimitri Szerman (CPI/PUC-Rio)
Procuring Firm Growth: The Effects of Government Purchases on Firm Dynamics

14.45 - 16.00

David Atkin (Yale, BREAD, CEPR and IGC), joint with Benjamin Faber (UC Berkeley) and Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (University of Toronto)
Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee Break

16.30 - 17.45

David J. McKenzie (World Bank, BREAD and CEPR), joint with Matthew Grow (World Bank) and Nour Shammout (University of Michigan and World Bank)
Testing the Importance of Search Frictions, Matching, and Reservation Prestige Through Randomized Experiments in Jordan

17.45 - 18.00

Coffee Break

Conference Session 2: Regulation

18.00 - 19.15

Leah K. Lakdawala (Michigan State University), joint with Prashant Bharadwaj (UC San Diego and BREAD) and Nicholas Li (University of Toronto)
Perverse Consequences Of Well-Intentioned Regulation: Evidence From India’s Child Labor Ban


Conference Dinner (rsvp only)

Saturday 27 September

09.00 - 09.30

Breakfast, tea and coffee

Conference Session 3: Environment

09.30 - 10.45

Amir Jina (Columbia University), joint with Solomon M. Hsiang (UC Berkeley)
The Causal Effect of Environmental Catastrophe on Long-Run Economic Growth: Evidence From 6,700 Cyclones            

Conference Session 4: Public Sector Delivery

10.45 - 12.00


Michael Callen (Harvard University, BREAD and IGC), joint with Saad Gulzar (New York University), Ali Hasanain (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Yasir Khan (International Growth Centre, Pakistan) and Arman Rezaee (UC San Diego)
Personalities and Public Sector Performance: Evidence from a Health Experiment in Pakistan

12.00 - 13.00

Buffet Lunch

13.00 - 14.15

Clément Imbert (Oxford University), joint with John Papp (Princeton)
Short-term Migration and Rural Workfare Programs: Evidence from India

Conference Session 5: Demography

14.15 – 15.30

Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University, BREAD and CEPR)
Fertility Decline and Missing Women

Scientific Organisers:

Oriana Bandiera (LSE, BREAD, CEPR and IGC), Robin Burgess (LSE, BREAD, CEPR and IGC), Chang-Tai Hsieh (Chicago, BREAD, CEPR and IGC) and Gerard Padró i Miquel (LSE, BREAD, CEPR and IGC)