Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2018: Political Incentives and Development Outcomes

June 25-26, 2018

Washington, DC

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  • Papers selected for the 2018 ABCDE  are now posted. Registration for the conference is now open.

    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 25-26, 2018 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be "Political Incentives and Development Outcomes."

    • “Electoral Competition and Corruption: Theory and Evidence from India”
      Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, and Eilon Solan
    • “The Countervailing Effects of Competition on Public Goods Provision: When Bargaining Inefficiencies Lead to Bad Outcomes”
      Jessica Gottlieb and Katrina Kosec
    • “Financial Disclosure and Political Selection: Evidence from India”
      Raymond Fisman, Florian Schulz, and Vikrant Vig
    • “Having it at Hand: How Small Search Frictions Impact Bureaucratic Efficiency”
      Eric Dodge, Yusuf Neggers, Rohini Pande and Charity Troyer Moore
    • “Social Proximity and Bureaucrat Performance: Evidence from India”
      Guo Xu, Marianne Bertrand, and Robin Burgess
    • “Political Selection and Bureaucratic Productivity”
      James Habyarimana, Stuti Khemani, and Thiago Scot
    • “No Kin in the Game: Moral Hazard and War in the US Congress”
      Eoin McGuirk, Nathaniel Hilgery, and Nicholas Miller
    • “Buying off the Revolution: Evidence from the Colombian national Peasant Movement, 1957-1985”
      Maria del Pilar Lopez Uribe
    • “Rent-Seeking and Criminal Politicians: Evidence from Mining Booms”
      Sam Asher and Paul Novosad
    • “Village Social Network Structures and Electoral Competition”
      Cesi Cruz, Julien Labonne, and Pablo Querubin
    • “How do political dynasties affect economic development? Evidence from India”
      Siddharth Eapen George and Dominic Ponattu
    • “How Much Should We Trust the Dictator's GDP Estimates?”
      Luis Martinez
    • “Anti Corruption and Bank Lending”
      Cheng Sun, Jiangmin Xu, and Yinuo Zhang
    • “Targeting Credit through Community Members”
      Diego Vera-Cossio
    • “Shrinking Dictators: How much Economic Growth can we Attribute to National Leaders?
      William Easterly and Steven Pennings
    • “Parachuters vs. Climbers: Economic Consequences of Barriers to Political Entry in a Democracy”
      Aaditya Dar
    • “Rethinking the Political Economy of Decentralization: How Elections and Parties Shape the Provision of Local Public Goods”
      Raúl A. Ponce-Rodríguez, Charles R. Hankla, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Eunice Heredia-Ortiz
    • “Do Ghosts Exist? Clientelistic Networks and Corruption in Public Education”
      Leopoldo Fergusson, Arturo Harker, Carlos Molina
    • “The Power of Money. The Consequences of Electing a Donor Funded Politician”
      Nelson Ruiz
    • “Governing the Commons? Water and Power in Pakistan's Indus Basin”
      Hanan G. Jacoby and Ghazala Mansuri
    • “Resource Windfalls and Public Employment: Evidence from Municipalities in Chile”
      Felipe Larraín B and Oscar Perelló P.
    • “Election or Disaster Support?”
      Jeroen Klomp
    • “Are Public Funds Used to Maintain Ruling Coalitions? Evidence from India”
      Ishita Rajani
    • “The Buck Stops Where? Federalism, Uncertainty, and Investment in the Brazilian Water and Sanitation Sector”
      Evan Plous Kresch
    • “Efficiency Consequences of Affirmative Action in Politics: Evidence from India”
      Sabyasachi Das, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, and Rajas Saroy
    • “Personnel Politics: Elections, Clientelistic Competition, and Teacher Hiring in Indonesia”
      Jan H. Pierskalla and Audrey Sacks
    • “Political Distortions and Infrastructure Networks in China: A Quantitative Spatial Equilibrium Analysis”
      Simon Alder and Illenin Kondo
    • “Public Goods and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia”
      Alberto Alesina, Caterina Gennaioli, and Stefania Lovo
    • “Unequal Access and the Persistence of Horizontal Inequality in India”
      Asli Demirguc-Kunt, Leora Klapper, and Neeraj Prasad
    • “Technology, Taxation and Corruption: Evidence from the Introduction of Electronic Tax Filing”
      Oyebola Okunogbe and Victor Pouliquen
    • “Collusion in Customs: Evidence from Madagascar”
      Cyril Chalendard, Ana M. Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo, Gael Raballand, and Bob Rijkers
    • “Corruption, Customs Reform and Firm Growth: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Colombia”
      Rachid Laaja, Marcela Eslava, and Tdiane Kinda
    • “The Politics of Partial Liberalization: Cronyism and Non-tariff Protection in Mubarak's Egypt”
      Ferdinand Eibl and Adeel Malik 
    • “Does Cronyism Curtail Competition? Evidence from Indonesia”
      Anna Kochanova, Bob Rijkers, and Mary Hallward-Driemeier
    • “Bribes vs. Taxes: Market Structure and Incentives”
      Francesco Amodio, Jieun Choi, Giacomo De Giorgi, and Aminur Rahman
    • “Environmental Regulation and Firm Productivity in China: Estimates from a Regression Discontinuity Design”
      Guojun He, Shaoda Wang, and Bing Zhang
  • Daron Acemoglu

    Daron Acemoglu

    MIT Economics

    Daron Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of research include political economy, economic development, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning. In addition to many scholarly articles, Daron Acemoglu has published four books including Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (with James A. Robinson), which was a New York Times bestseller in 2012. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the inaugural T. W. Shultz Prize from the University of Chicago in 2004, the inaugural Sherwin Rosen Award for outstanding contribution to labor economics in 2004, the Distinguished Science Award from the Turkish Sciences Association in 2006, and the John von Neumann Award, Rajk College, Budapest in 2007. He was the recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, awarded every two years to the best economist in the United States under the age of 40 by the American Economic Association, and the Erwin Plein Nemmers prize awarded every two years for work of lasting significance in economics. He received a BA in economics from the University of York in 1989, a M.Sc. in mathematical economics and econometrics from the London School of Economics in 1990, and a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics in 1992.

    Luigi Zingales

    Luigi Zingales

    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. Zingales is a contributing editor of City Journal and Project Syndicate and writes regularly on Il Sole 24 Ore (the most important economic newspaper in Italy) and L'Espresso (an Italian weekly magazine). He is currently a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a fellow of the European Governance Institute. In 2003 he won the Bernacer Prize for the best European young financial economist. In 2005-06 he held the prestigious Taussig Research Professorship at Harvard University. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. Zingales received a bachelor's degree in economics from Universita Bocconi in Italy in 1987 and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

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    Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018.

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