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

June 25-26, 2018

Washington, DC

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  • The 2018 ABCDE Call for Papers is now closed. Registration for the conference will open April 9, 2018.

    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."

  • The Call for Papers for the 2018 ABCDE is now closed. We will get back to the authors of accepted papers at the latest by April 15, 2018. 

    The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers examining in innovative ways the links between politics and development. Possible topics include the implications of politics in:

    • Public sector management and service delivery
    • Aid effectiveness
    • Social protection programs
    • Management of natural resources
    • Stability and inclusion in the financial sector
    • Firm performance and firm dynamics

    Also of interest are papers that help understand the behavior of pollical institutions including legislatures, courts, the executive, political parties, elections, and others. Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome.

    The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda

    Those interested should submit a paper (proposals will not be accepted) by Sunday March 11 midnight EST through the ABCDE website. Authors of selected papers will be invited, though not required, to submit their papers for a special issue of the World Bank Economic Review (WBER).

    The Organizing Committee will evaluate all papers in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by March 15, 2018. A final draft will be required by May 15, 2018.

    For authors of selected papers, travel and accommodation expenses for the conference will be covered. Additional information on the overall conference program will be posted on this website over the coming months. The ABCDE secretariat can be contacted through email at

    Organizing Committee: Shanta Devarajan (World Bank, Chair), Asli Demirguc-Kunt (World Bank), Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth College and WBER Editor), William Maloney (World Bank), Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College and WBER Editor), Deborah Wetzel (World Bank), and Albert Zeufack (World Bank).

  • 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.

  • Registration to the 2018 ABCDE Conference will open from
    April 9 until June 8, 2018.

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