Microeconomics Seminar Series (2017)


The Microeconomics Seminar Series is a weekly series hosted by the World Bank's research department. The series invites leading researchers in applied microeconomics from the fields of poverty, human development and public service delivery, agriculture and rural development, political economy, behavioral economics, private sector development, and a range of other fields to present the results of their most recent research in a seminar format.

Schedule of Seminars

Date Time  Venue Speaker Paper
Wednesday, December 13 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Daniel Mahler The Roots of Inequality: Estimating Inequality of Opportunity from Regression Trees
Wednesday, December 6 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Asim Khwaja (HKS) Crossing Boundaries: Experimental Evidence on Access Constraints for Women
Wednesday, November 29 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Juliano Assuncao (PUC-Rio, Brazil) Electrification, Agricultural Productivity and Deforestation in Brazil
Wednesday, November 15 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jishnu Das (World Bank) Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools
Wednesday, November 8 12:30 - 2:00 pm   Paul Niehaus (UCSD) General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India
Wednesday, November 1 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Anthony Keats (Wesleyan) What Can We Learn from Babies Born During Health-Worker Strikes?
Wednesday, October 25 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Robyn Meeks (Duke) Grid versus Off-grid in Nepal: Heterogeneity in Electricity Services and Enterprise Development
Wednesday, October 18 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Imran Rasul (UCL) Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda
Wednesday, October 11 12:30 - 2:00 pm I 4-020 Henrik Kleven (LSE Princeton) Wealth Taxation and Wealth Accumulation: Theory and Evidence from Denmark
Wednesday, October 4 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Emily Breza (Harvard) Information Delivery Under Endogenous
Communication: Evidence from the Indian
Wednesday, September 27 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Shing-Yi Wang (Wharton) Property Rights, Land Misallocation and Agricultural Efficiency in China
Wednesday, September 20 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jing Cai (Maryland) Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance
Wednesday, September 12 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Francisco Ferreira Ageing Poorly? Accounting for the decline in earnings inequalityin Brazil, 1995-2012 
Wednesday, September 6 12:30 – 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Antonio Bento, USC, NBER; Kevin Roth, UC-Irvine; Andrew Waxman, Arizona State University Avoiding Traffic Congestion Externalities? The Value of Urgency
Wednesday, June 28 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Hanan Jacoby, World Bank Decentralizing Rent-seeking: Water and Power in Pakistan's Indus Basin
Wednesday, June 22 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Quy-Toan Do, World Bank On the Speculative Poaching of African Elephants
Wednesday, June 14


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MC 3-570 Vivian Hoffmann, International Food Policy Research Institute Relief from Usury: Impact of a Self-Help Group Lending Program in Rural India
Wednesday, June 7 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Manoj Mohanan, Duke University

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Experimental Evidence on the Effectiveness of

Input and Output Incentive Contracts for Health Care Providers with Different Levels of Skills

Wednesday, May 31 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Sam Asher,World Bank Dirty Politics: Mining Booms and Politician Behavior in India
Wednesday, May 24 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Stephen Smith, George Washington University How Sustainable are Benefits from Extension for Smallholder Farmers? Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda
Wednesday, May 17 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Duncan Thomas, Duke University Child health after a natural disaster
Wednesday, May 3 , 2017 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Christopher Timmins, Duke University Learning by Viewing? Social Learning, Regulatory Disclosure, and  Firm Productivity in Shale Gas
April 26, 2017 12:30 – 2:00 pm MC 3-570

Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University  Decentralized Targeting of Agricultural Credit Programs: Private Agents or Local Governments?
April 12, 2017 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Eli Fenichel, Yale University Ecosystem Based Management and the Wealth of Ecosystems
April 5, 2017 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Tarek Ghani, Washington University of St. Louis Mobile-izing Savings with Automatic Contributions: Experimental Evidence on Present Bias and Default Effects in Afghanistan
March 29, 2017 12:30- 2:00pm MC3-570 Amy Ando, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Reducing climate-related uncertainty in outcomes of investments: When does spatial conservation portfolio diversification work best?
March 22, 2017 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Andrew Newman, Boston University Loopholes and the Evolution of Contract Form
March 15, 2017 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Gaurav Khanna (CGD & UCSD) Large-scale Education Reform in General Equilibrium: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from India
March 08, 2017 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Jessica Goldberg, University of Maryland Endowment Effects and Usage of Financial Products: Evidence from Malawi
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