Development Research Seminar Series in Kuala Lumpur


The Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series is hosted by the World Bank's Development Research Group (DECRG) based in the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia. The series invites leading researchers in development economics and public policy to present their recent work in an academic-style seminar format.

Next Seminar: November 21, 2019

Does Maternal Migration affect Spousal Labour Supply? Evidence from Sri Lanka

Vengadeshvaran Sarma (University of Nottingham Malaysia)

Current Season

2019 Second Half Season





Sep 12, 2019

Marcela V. Parada Contzen

Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Risk Attitudes and the Gender Pay Gap in a Developing Country

Oct 3, 2019

Donghyun Park, Shu Tian

Co-Author: Marie Anne Cagas

Asian Development Bank

Bond Market Development and Bank Risk-Taking: Evidence from Developing Markets

Oct 17, 2019

Özer Karagedikli

Co-authors: Severin Bernhard, Kenneth N Kuttner

The SEACEN Centre

Rationality and Expectation Formation at Central Banks

Oct 31, 2019

Zia Sadique

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The Challenges of Economic Evaluation Alongside Large Clinical Trials: The UK Experience∞

Nov 21, 2019

Vengadeshvaran Sarma

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Does Maternal Migration affect Spousal Labour Supply? Evidence from Sri Lanka

Nov 28, 2019

Vijayendra Rao

World Bank

Oral Democracy: An Analysis of Direct Democracy in India

Dec 5, 2019

Markus Brueckner

Australian National University

Natural Resources and Conflict∞

TBD: To be determined

Note: Information on upcoming events is subject to change.

∞ World Bank – University of Malaya Seminar Series. These joint seminars are hosted alternately by the World Bank and the University of Malaya.

Previous Seasons

2019 First Half Season





Jan 8, 2019

Dimitrije Ruzic


Firms and Collective Reputation: the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal as a Case Study 

Jan 24, 2019

Martin Ravallion and Dominique van de Walle

Georgetown University and University of Malaya; Center for Global Development and University of Malaya

Informational Constraints on Antipoverty Policies: Evidence from Africa

Feb 14, 2019

Jong-Wha Lee.
Co-Author: Warwick J. McKibbin

Korea University

Korean Unification: Economic Adjustments Under German Assumptions

Feb 21, 2019

Woong Yong Park
Co-Authors: Saroj Battharai and Arpita Chatterjee

Seoul National University

Global Spillover Effects of US Uncertainty

Mar 7, 2019

Hyeok Jeong

Seoul National University

Productivity Growth and Efficiency Dynamics of Korea’s Structural Transformation

Mar 14, 2019

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Maastricht University

Economic Preferences Across Generations: Identifying Family Clusters from a Large-scale Experiment

Mar 21, 2019

Yoonsoo Lee

Sogang University

Long-term Shifts in Korean Manufacturing and Plant-level Dynamics

Apr 18, 2019

Adonis Antoniades

National University of Singapore

The Credit Concentration Channel of Monetary Policy Transmission

May 2, 2019

Quy-Toan Do
Co-authors: Mohamed Abdel Jelil, Kartika Bhatia, Anne Brockmeyer, and Clement Joubert

World Bank

Unemployment and Violent Extremism: Evidence from Daesh Recruits

May 23, 2019

Davin Chor
Filipe R. Campante, Bingjing Li

Dartmouth College and National University of Singapore 

The Political Economy Consequences of China's Export Slowdown

May 30, 2019

Derek Kok

Sunway University

Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action

Jul 11, 2019

Horng Chern Wong

University of Warwick

Wage Determination Across Firms

Note: ∞ World Bank – University of Malaya Seminar Series. These joint seminars are hosted alternately by the World Bank and the University of Malaya.

2018 Second Half Season





Sep 13, 2018 Pablo Egaña del Sol Asia School of Business The Role of Emotional Regulation on Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from Neurophysiological Lab-in-the-Field Experiments
Sep 20, 2018 Chaoran Chen National University of Singapore Capital-Skill Complementarity, Sectoral Labor Productivity, and Structural Transformation
Sep 27, 2018 Donghyun Park and Shu Tian Asian Development Bank The Price of Greenness: Some Evidence from Green Bond Markets
Oct 11, 2018 Laurence Todd and Wing Leong Teo Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs; University of Nottingham Malaysia Payment Card Reform Framework (PCRF): A Policy Evaluation Study
Oct 16, 2018 Sergio Schmukler World Bank Corporate Financing in East Asia: The Long Road Since the 1997-98 Financial Crisis
Oct 18, 2018 Otaviano Canuto World Bank Globalization and Technological Transformation
Nov 7, 2018 Michael Toman World Bank The Conceptual Basis and Operational Implications of “Green Growth”
Nov 8, 2018 Zaki Wahhaj Keynes College, University of Kent Marriage, Work and Migration: The Role of Infrastructure Development and Gender Norms
Nov 14, 2018 Ayhan Kose and Jongrim Ha World Bank Low Inflation in Emerging Economies: Miracle or Mirage?
Nov 22, 2018 Xiaobo Zhang Peking University Community Networks and the Growth of Private Enterprise in China
Dec 6, 2018

Sharmila Devadas

World Bank Assessing the Effect of Public Capital on Growth: An Extension of the World Bank Long-Term Growth Model
Dec 13, 2018 John Giles World Bank Can Information Influence the Social Insurance Participation Decision of China’s Rural Migrants?
Dec 20, 2018 Fabian Mendez Ramos World Bank Uncertainty in Future Poverty and Inequality: Some Implications of Growth and Natural Resources  

Note: ∞ World Bank – University of Malaya Seminar Series. These joint seminars are hosted alternately by the World Bank and the University of Malaya.  


2018 First Half Season





Jan 22, 2018 Ravi Kanbur Cornell University Addressing the Anxieties of Our Time: The Work of the International Panel on Social Progress
Jan 25, 2018 Thorsten Beck Cass Business School Credit Growth and Macro Prudential Policies: Preliminary Evidence on the Firm-level
Feb 8, 2018 Shanta Devarajan World Bank Market Failures, Government Failures and the Welfare of Poor People
Mar 1, 2018 Namrata Chindarkar and Yvonne Jie Chen. Co-Author: Shilpa Sathe National University of Singapore Impact of Farm Electricity Supply Management on Farm Households-Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India
Mar 8, 2018 Maisy Wong The University of Pennsylvania Unity in Diversity? How Intergroup Contact Can Foster Nation Building ∞
Mar 29, 2018 David Bishai Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Disparities in Child Mortality Among Religious Minorities in the District of India
Apr 5, 2018 Gaurav Datt Monash Business School Is Emigration of Nepalese Workers Contributing to Better Schooling Outcomes for Children in Nepal? ∞
Apr 19, 2018 Sui-Jade Ho Bank Negara Malaysia Returns to Scale, Productivity Measurement and Trends in U.S. Manufacturing Misallocation
Apr 26, 2018 Ghazala Mansuri World Bank Decentralization and Redistribution: Irrigation Reform in Pakistan’s Indus Basin
Jun 7, 2018 Vijayendra Rao World Bank Safety Nets and Natural Disaster Mitigation: Evidence from Cyclone Phailin in Odisha∞

Note: ∞ World Bank – University of Malaya Seminar Series. These joint seminars are hosted alternately by the World Bank and the University of Malaya.

2017 Second Half Season





Sep 7, 2017

Thanyaporn Chankrajang

Chulalongkorn University

The Unequal Effects of the Great Depression on Rural Households in Siam, 1930-1934: Crisis Transmission through International Rice Trade

Sep 14, 2017

Markus Brueckner

Australian National University

Inequality and GDP Per Capita: The Role of Initial Income

Sep 21, 2017 Sergio Schmukler World Bank Market Access, Corporate Borrowing, and Debt Maturity

Sep 28, 2017

Trung Hoang

Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

The Long-run and Gender-equalizing Impacts of Schooling Policies: Evidence from the First Indochina War

Oct 3, 2017

Mary Hallward-Driemeier,
William F. Maloney

World Bank

Technological Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries

Oct 26, 2017

Liang Choon Wang

Monash University

Non-Financial Incentives, Selectivity and Performance of Volunteers: Evidence from a Large Scale Natural Field Experiment

Nov 23, 2017 Donghyun Park,
Shu Tian
Asian Development Bank Do Local Currency Bond Markets Enhance Financial Stability? Some Empirical Evidence
Nov 28, 2017 Young Eun Kim World Bank Productivity and its Determinants: Innovation, Education, Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Institutions

Nov 30, 2017

Phornchanok Cumperayot

Chulalongkorn University

Linking Large Currency Swings to Fundamentals' Shocks

Note: ∞ World Bank – University of Malaya Seminar Series. These joint seminars are hosted alternately by the World Bank and the University of Malaya.

2017 First Half Season 





Jan 19, 2017 Vijayendra Rao
World Bank The Anatomy of Failure: An Ethnography of a Randomized Trial to Deepen Democracy in Rural India
Jan 26, 2017 Lin Ma National University of Singapore
Pirates of Somalia: Crime and Deterrence on the High Seas
Feb 23, 2017 Filippo di Mauro
European Central Bank
Firms Level Data Analysis Reconsidered: A Novel Data Basis and a Few Applications for Policy and Research
Mar 14, 2017 Roberto Chang
Rutgers University
Incomplete Risk Sharing with Complete Markets
Mar 23, 2017 Jean N. Arlet World Bank Electricity Tariffs, Power Outages and Firm Performance: A Comparative Analysis
Mar 30, 2017 Edgar Chavez World Bank Credit Information and Firms’ Access to Finance: Evidence from a New Credit-Constrained Status Measure
April 13, 2017 Tian Huey Teh Bank Negara Malaysia Measuring Bank Risk-taking Behaviour: The Risk-taking Channel of Monetary Policy in Malaysia
April 20, 2017 Witsanu Attavanich Kasetsart University Impact of the First-Time Car Buyer Program on the Environmental Cost of Air Pollution in Bangkok
May 11, 2017 Joel D. Moore Monash University Going Green in Thailand: Upgrading in Global Organic Value Chains
May 18, 2017 Sergio Schmukler World Bank International Financial Integration of East Asia and Pacific
Jun 1, 2017 Steven Michael Pennings World Bank Shrinking Dictators: How Much Economic Growth Can We Attribute to National Leaders?
Jun 15, 2017 Woan Foong Wong University of Oregon
The Round Trip Effect: Endogenous Transport Costs and International Trade
Aug 21, 2017 Otaviano Canuto World Bank Middle Income (or Non-Convergence) Traps


2016 Second Half Season 





Sep 1, 2016 Boon Hwa Tng Bank Negara Malaysia The Transmission of Financial Stress and Its Interactions with Monetary Policy Responses in the ASEAN-5 Economies
Sep 13, 2016 Philip O'Keefe World Bank Live Long and Prosper: Aging in East Asia and Pacific
Sep 20, 2016 Susmita Dasgupta World Bank Minimizing Ecological Damage from Road Improvement in Tropical Forests
Sep 28, 2016 Caglar Ozden World Bank The Global Migration of Talent and Tax Incentives: Evidence from Malaysia's Returning Expert Program
Oct 13, 2016 Hwok-Aun Lee,
Muhammed Abdul Khalid

University of Malaya,
Khazanah Research Institute
Is Inequality in Malaysia Really Going Down? A Puzzle Explored
Oct 27, 2016 Norman Loayza World Bank Informality in the Process of Development and Growth
Nov 3, 2016 Luis Servén World Bank Openness, Specialization, and the External Vulnerability of Developing Countries
Nov 17, 2016 Shirly Wong Siew Ling Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Measuring Business Cycle Fluctuations: An Alternative Precursor to Economic Crises
Nov 24, 2016 Mohd Yusof Saari
Universiti Putra Malaysia Sources of Income Growth and Inequality across Ethnic Groups in Malaysia, 1970-2000
Dec 1, 2016 Julien Labonne University of Oxford Incumbent Advantage, Voter Information and Vote Buying
Dec 8, 2016 Yong Wang Peking University International Trade and Non-Convergence Trap for Middle-Income Countries

2016 First Half Season 





Feb 4,

Martin Kanz

World Bank

Moral Incentives: Experimental Evidence from Repayments of an Islamic Credit Card
Feb 18, 2016 Hai-Anh H. Dang World Bank Welfare Dynamics Based on Synthetic Panels Using Objective and Subjective Data: The Case of the Arab World
Mar 3,
John Giles World Bank Migrant Labor Markets and the Welfare of Rural Households in the Developing World: Evidence from China
Mar 17, 2016 Saumik Paul University of Nottingham Structural Transformation, Growth Incidence and Inequality
Mar 30,
Govinda Timilsina World Bank The Benefits of Regional Electricity Cooperation and Trade: Lessons from South Asia
Apr 7,
Norman Loayza World Bank The Local Impact of Mining on Poverty and Inequality
Apr 14, 2016 Dean Jolliffe World Bank A Global Headcount of Extreme Poverty: A Review of Data, Assumptions and Methods used by the World Bank to Count Poor People
June 2, 2016 Michael Woolcock World Bank Using Cases and Case Studies in Development: Causal Inference, Extrapolation, Diagnostics
Jun 23, 2016 Emily Beam National University of Singapore  Fertility Choices and Inter-Ethnic Resource Competition in Malaysia
Jun 30, 2016 Hiau Looi Kee World Bank Trade Frauds, Trade Elasticities and Non-Tariff Measures
July 28, 2016 Steven Michael Pennings World Bank The Seasonality of Conflict