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 ideas in development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among academics, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will be jointly hosted by the Bank of Mexico and the World Bank and will take place on June 15–16 in Mexico City.
The theme of the conference will be “Productivity, Growth, and the Law”. The conference will examine the main drivers of productivity with particular attention to the role of the law, institutions, and norms. Among the topics to be discussed are:
- Firm Productivity
- Human Capital and Skill Formation
- Infrastructure and Growth
- The Law and Investment Climate
- Law, Corruption Control and Efficiency
- Access to Finance
- Trade, FDI and Technology
As in the previous year, selected conference papers will be included in a special issue of the World Bank Economic Review along the lines of the AER Papers and Proceedings.
Organizing Committee: Kaushik Basu (World Bank, Chair), Asli Demirgüç-Kunt and Indermit Gill (World Bank), Alberto Torres and Laura Juarez (Bank of Mexico), and Andrew Foster (Brown University).