Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2016: Data and Development Economics
June 20-21, 2016Washington, DC

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development... . The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on June 20-21, 2016 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Data and Development.”  See More

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  • Pieter Everaers

    Pieter Everaers

    Director of A- Cooperatio Cooperation, European Statistical System, Eurostat
    Pieter Everaers (1954) is Director of Directorate A- Cooperation in the European Statistical System; International Cooperation; Resources at DG Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. Since 2012 he is in this position managing the human and financial resources and the legal affairs, the planning and evaluation of the statistical programme as well as the governance in the European Statistical System. In this position he is also responsible for the support program to Greek statistics. This position also involves the responsibility for the cooperation in statistics with other European and non-European Third Countries and with International Organisations. He joined Eurostat in May 2004, closing a 20 years career at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Before 2012 he was in Eurostat as director responsible for International Trade and Population statistics, Agricultural Statistics, Environment, Energy and Transport, Business statistics, as well as Dissemination and Indicators. He has a PhD in Spatial Sciences at the University of Utrecht and had his original training in Human Geography and Mathematical Sociology.
  • Jonathan Morduch

    Jonathan Morduch

    Professor of Public Policy and Economics NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
    Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative (, a consortium of researchers focused on financial inclusion. His research centers on microfinance, social investment, and the economics of poverty. He is currently developing a theoretical framework with Jonathan Conning for understanding how governments and philanthropists can use market forces to create social change.
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    Sendhil Mullainathan

    Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    Sendhil Mullainathan is the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He has worked on poverty, behavioral economics and a wide variety of topics such as: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine learning to better understand human behavior.
  • Roberto Rigobon

    Roberto Rigobon

    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management, MIT
    Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.
  • Justin Wolfers

    Justin Wolfers

    Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers, a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research; a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn; a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London; an International Research Fellow with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a Fellow of the CESifo, in Munich. He was previously a Visiting Professor at Princeton, an Associate Professor at Wharton, an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia

1.  Finance

  • “The Global Findex Database 2014 Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World”
    Leora Klapper (World Bank) 233
  • “Purchase Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, and Political Inclination”
    Xiaowen Dong (MIT Lab) 617
  • “Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine: Sharing Borrower Information in a Competitive Credit Market”
    Ralph De Haas (ERBD) 134
  • “Banking with Agents: Experimental Evidence from Senegal “
    Xavier Gine (World Bank) 977        

2.  Firm Dynamics

  • “Out with the Old and Unproductive, In with the New and Similarly Unproductive: Microenterprise Dynamics in a Growing Low-Income Economy”
    Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College) 780
  • “Can wage subsidies boost employment in the wake of an economic crisis? Evidence from Mexico “
    Miriam Bruhn (World Bank) 225
  • Taxation, Information, and Withholding: Evidence from Costa Rica”
    Anne Brockmeyer (World Bank) 575
  • “Economic Transformation in Africa from the Bottom Up: Macro and Micro Evidence from Tanzania”
    Margaret Mc Millan (Tufts University) 504

3.  Health

  • “The Health Costs of Ethnic Distance: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa"
    Joseph Flavian Gomes (University of Navarra) 570
  • “The Impact of Mass Bed Net Distribution Programs on Politics: Evidence from Tanzania” 
    Kevin Croke (World Bank) 786
  • “A New Method for Estimating Disease Prevalence Rates Using Big Data: An Application to Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis”
    Zoe McLaren (University of Michigan) 811
  • “Using Cell Phone Data to Improve Disease Targeting and Mitigate the Negative Externality of Internal Population Movement”
    Sveta Milusheva (Brown University) 964

4.  Growth and Development

  • “Subnational Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a New Dataset”
    Boris Gershman (American University) 539
  • “Decentralized Despotism: How Indirect Colonial Rule Undermines Contemporary Democratic Attitudes”
    Marie Lechler (Munich Graduate School of Economics) 559
  • “Where Local Kings Rule: Long-Term Impacts of Precolonial Institutions and Geography on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria” 
    Belinda Archibong (Columbia University) 1004
  • “Development Given Geography, Climate, and Genes”
    Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University) 148

5.  Poverty

  • “Poverty in HD: What Does High Resolution Satellite Imagery Reveal about Economic Welfare”
    Jonathan Samuel Hersh (World Bank) 896
  • “Is Inequality Underestimated in Egypt? Evidence from House Prices”
    Roy van der Weide (World Bank) 406
  • “Curbing Leakage in Public Programs with Direct Benefit Transfers Evidence from India’s Fuel Subsidies and Black Markets”
    Prabhat Barnwal (Michigan State University) 529
  • “Intrahousehold inequalities and poverty in Senegal”
    Sylvie Lambert (Paris School of Economics) 445

6.  Governance

  • “Decentralizing Corruption? Irrigation Reform in Pakistan's Indus Basin”
    Hanan Jacoby (World Bank) 775
  • “Decentralization Without Representation (Or Mobility): Implications for Rural Public Service Delivery”
    Katrina Kosec (IFPRI) 918
  • “Local Government Proliferation, Diversity, and Conflict”
    Samuel Bazzi  (Boston University)”   51
  • “The Political Economy of Unfinished Development Projects: Corruption, Clientelism, or Collective Choice?”
    Martin Williams (University College London) 418

7.  Crime and Violence

  • “Is Murder bad for business? Evidence from Colombia”
    Sandra Rozo (University of Southern California) 5
  • “Adverse rainfall shocks and civil war: Myth or reality?”
    Ricardo Maertens (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 163
  • “Bandits on Patrol: An Analysis of Petty Corruption on West African Roads”
    Toni Oki (University of Cambridge) 606
  • “Identifying Crime Hotspots Using Mobile Phone Data: Bogota: a Case Study”
    Natalie Shoup (Data-Pop Alliance) 976

8.  Teachers and School Fees

  • “The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence From the Labor Market for Teachers”
    Natalie Bau (University of Toronto) 678
  • “Through the looking glass:  can classroom observation and coaching improve teacher performance in Brazil?”
    Leonardo Costa (World Bank) 836
  • “What Do Teachers Know and Do? “
    Tessa Bold (Stockholm University) 851
  • “Combining Administrative and Survey Data for Better Program Evaluation: A Case Study of School Fee Reforms in South Africa”
    Robert Garlick (Duke University) 968

9.  Behavioral Economics and Lab Experiments 

  • “Do Rewards Work to Maintain and Increase Tax Compliance? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Goods”
    Carlos Scartascini (World Bank) 162
  • “Income Hiding and Informal Redistribution: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Senegal”
    Paola Villar (Paris School of Economics) 323
  • “Women’s Empowerment, Sibling Rivalry and Competitiveness: Evidence from a Lab Experiment and a Randomized Control Trial in Africa”
    Joao Montalvao (World Bank) 609
  • “Balancing External Validity and Networked Interference in Large-Scale Rural Experiments”
    Alejandro Noriega Campero (MIT) 994

10.  Data for Development

  • “Mind the Gap: Analyzing the impact of data gap in Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) indicators on the progress towards MDGs”
    Jacob Arun (UNCTAD) 48
  • “Is living in African Cities Expensive? “
    Shohei Nakamura (World Bank) 618
  • “The ABCDE of Big Data: Assessing Biases in Call-detail records for Development Estimates”
    Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington) 965
  • “Development by Numbers — A Primer”
    Morten Jerven (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) 569

11.  Measurement on Labor and Gender Issues

  •  “Measuring Household Labor on Tanzanian Farms”
     Kathleen Beegle (World Bank) 204
  • “Measuring Women’s Agency “
    Aletheia Amalia Donald (World Bank) 960
  • “Measuring Time Use in Development Settings”
    Greg Seymour (IFPRI) 719
  • “Measuring Employment in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Survey Experiment”
    Bob Rijkers (World Bank)  538

12.  Survey and Administrative Data

  • “Data Gaps, Data Incomparability, and Data Imputation: A Review of Welfare Measurement in Data-Scarce Environments” 
    Hai-Anh H. Dang (World Bank) 829
  • “What are the Limitations of Survey Data versus Administrative Data in Impact Evaluation? The Case of an SMS Campaign”
    Cesar Huaroto de la Cruz (Ministry of Education, Peru) 857
  • “Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey African Microenterprises”
    Robert Garlick (Duke University) 938
  • “Asymmetric Information and Remittances: Evidence from Matched Administrative Data”
    Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania) 427

13.  Trade, E-Trade, and Networks

  • “ The Adoption of Network Goods: Evidence from the Spread of Mobile Phones in Rwanda”
    Daniel Bjorkegren (Brown University) 207
  • “The Alibaba Effect: Spatial Consumption Inequality and the Welfare Gains from e-Commerce” 
    Jingting Fan (University of Maryland) 515
  • “Foreign Rivals are Coming to Town: Responding to the Threat of Foreign Multinational Entry” 
    Maggie Chen (George Washington University) 597
  • “Determinants of Informal Trade: the case of Benin”
    Cristina Mitaritonna (CEPII) 799

14.  Training and Managerial Skills  

  • “Learning Managerial Ability: Evidence from Kenyan Microenterprises”
    Kevin Donovan (University of Notre Dame) 277
  • “Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance”
    Jing Cai (University of Michigan) 311
  • “Long-Term Direct and Spillover Effects of Job Training: Experimental Evidence from Colombia”
    Adriana Kugler (Georgetown University)  57
  • “Short and Longer Run Impacts of Kaizen Management Training: The Case in Tanzania”
    Yuki Higuchi (Nagoya City University) 283

15.  Political Power, Media, and Favoritism

  • “Politics, Government-Controlled Media, and Women’s Fertility Preferences: Evidence from India” 
    Rikhil Bhavnani (University of Wisconsin – Madison) 102
  • “Social Ties and Favoritism in Chinese Science”
    Raymond Fisman (Boston University)  143
  • “Incumbent Advantage, Voter Information and Vote Buying”
    Julien Labonne” (Yale-NUS College) 197
  • “Traditional Elites: Agricultural Productivity and the Persistence of Political Power”
    Sabrin Beg (University of Delaware) 877

16.  Adoption of Technology and Fertilizers

  • “The Crop Connection: Impact of Cell Phone Access on Crop Choice in Rural Pakistan”
    Saher Asad (Lahore University of Management Sciences) 1003
  • “Identifying Early Adopters, Enhancing Learning, and the Diffusion of Agricultural Technology”
    Kyle J. Emerick (Tufts University) 675
  • “Coffee Price Volatility and Intra-household Labour Supply: Evidence from Vietnam”
    Finn Tarp (WIDER) 709
  • “Low Quality, Low Returns, Low Adoption: Evidence from the Market for Fertilizer and Hybrid Seed in Uganda”
    Jakob Svensson (Stockholm University) 841
ABCDE 2016: Data and Development
  • Date: June 20–21, 2016
  • Venue: Washington, DC
  • CONTACT: ABCDE Organizers