ABCDE 2016 Conference Dada and Development Economics
Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2016: Data and Development Economics
June 20-21, 2016Washington, DC

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 20-21, 2016 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Data and Development.”


Monday, June 20, 2016

  Preston Auditorium
08:00–09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00–09:15 Opening Remarks
Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank)

Keynote Address 1: Big Data and Economic Measurement: What a Billion Prices say about Inflation and Exchange Rates?

Chair: Haishan Fu (Director, Development Data Group, World Bank)

Speaker: Roberto Rigobón (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States)

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10:15–10:30 Coffee
  Sessions 1A-1D

Session 1A Poverty and Inequality in High and Low Definition| Room MC 6-100

Chair: Francisco Ferreira (World Bank)

  Poverty in HD: What Does High Resolution Satellite Imagery Reveal about Economic Welfare?” | Presentation
Ryan Engstrom (George Washington University, United States), Jonathan Hersh (Boston University, United States), and David Newhouse (World Bank)
  Is Inequality Underestimated in Egypt? Evidence from House Prices” | Presentation
Roy van der Weide, Christoph Lakner, and Elena Ianchovichina (World Bank)
  Curbing Leakage in Public Programs with Direct Benefit Transfers Evidence from India’s Fuel Subsidies and Black Markets
Prabhat Barnwal (Michigan State University, United States) 

Intrahousehold Inequalities and Poverty in Senegal” | Presentaton
Philippe De Vreyer (Université Paris-Dauphine and DIAL, France) and Sylvie Lambert (Paris-School of Economics-INRA, France)

Discussant: Vijayendra Rao (World Bank)


Session 1B Data for Development | Room MC 7-100

Chair: Amparo Ballivian (World Bank)

  Mind the Gap: Analyzing the Impact of Data Gap in Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) Indicators on the Progress towards MDGs” | Presentation
Arun Jacob  (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD and The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland)
  Is Living in African Cities Expensive?" | Presentation
Shohei Nakamura, Rawaa Harati, Somik V. Lall, Yuri M. Dikhanov, Nada Hamadeh, William Vigil Oliver, Marko Olavi Rissanen, and Mizuki Yamanaka (World Bank)
  The ABCDE of Big Data: Assessing Biases in Call-detail Records for Development Estimates” | Presentation
Gabriel Pestre (Data-Pop Alliance, United States), Emmanuel Letouzé (Data-Pop Alliance, United States), and Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington, United States)

Session 1C Adoption of Agricultural Technology and Fertilizers | Room MC 8-100

Chair: Melissa Johns (World Bank)

  The Crop Connection: Impact of Cell Phone Access on Crop Choice in Rural Pakistan” | Presentation
Saher Asad (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)  
  Identifying Early Adopters, Enhancing Learning, and the Diffusion of Agricultural Technology” | Presentation
Kyle Emerick (Tufts University, United States), Alain de Janvry (University of California, Berkeley, United States), Elisabeth Sadoulet (University of California, Berkeley, United States), and Manzoor H. Dar (International Rice Research Institute)

Coffee Price Volatility and Intra-household Labour Supply: Evidence from Vietnam
Ulrik Beck (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Saurabh Singhal (UNU-WIDER, Finland), and Finn Tarp (University of Copenhagen and UNU-WIDER)

Discussant: Daniel Ayalew Ali (World Bank)


Session 1D Development, Colonial Rule, Ethnic Diversity, and Genes | Room MC 9-100

Chair: Albert Zeufack (World Bank)

  Subnational Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a New Dataset” | Presentation
Boris Gershman and Diego Rivera (American University, United States)
  Decentralized Despotism: How Indirect Colonial Rule Undermines Contemporary Democratic Attitudes” | Presentaton
Marie Lechler (Munich Graduate School of Economics, Germany) and Lachlan McNamee (Stanford University, United States)
  Where Local Kings Rule: Long-Term Impacts of Precolonial Institutions and Geography on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria
Belinda Archibong (Barnard College, United States)

Development Given Geography, Climate, and Genes” | Presentation
Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University, United States), Johannes W. Fedderke (Pennsylvania State University, United States), and Valerio Napolioni (Stanford University, United States)

Discussant: Rishabh Sinha (World Bank)

12:30–14:00 Lunch | James D. Wolfensohn Atrium

Keynote Address 2: Machine Learning and Development | Preston Auditorium

Chair: William Maloney (World Bank)

Speaker: Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University, United States)

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15:00–15:15 Coffee
15:15–17:15 Sessions 2A-2D

Session 2A Survey and Administrative Data: Big and Small | Room MC 6-100

Chair: Tariq Khokhar (World Bank)

  Understanding Non-Response Rates: Insights from 600,000 Opinion Surveys
Germán Reyes (World Bank)
  “What are the Limitations of Survey Data versus Administrative Data in Impact Evaluation? The Case of an SMS Campaign”
César Huaroto (Universidad de Los Andes, Argentina), Andrea Cornejo (Columbia University, United States), and Luis Baiocchi (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
  Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey African Microenterprises
Robert Garlick (Duke University, United States), Kate Orkin and Simon Quinn (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Asymmetric Information and Remittances: Evidence from Matched Administrative Data” | Presentation
Thomas Joseph (IIM Udaipur, India), Yaw Nyarko (New York University, United States), and Shing-Yi Wang (Wharton, United States)

Discussant: Katie Simmons (Pew Research Center)


Session 2B Trade, E-Trade, and Networks | Room MC 7-100

Chair: Deepak Mishra (World Bank)

  The Adoption of Network Goods: Evidence from the Spread of Mobile Phones in Rwanda” | Presentation
Daniel Björkegren (Brown University, United States)
  The Alibaba Effect: Spatial Consumption Inequality and the Welfare Gains from e-Commerce
Jingting Fan (University of Maryland, United States), Lixin Tang (Shanghai University, China), Weiming Zhu (University of Maryland, United States), and Ben Zou (Michigan State University, United States)
  Foreign Rivals are Coming to Town: Responding to the Threat of Foreign Multinational Entry
Cathy Ge Bao and Maggie X. Chen (George Washington University, United States)
  Determinants of Informal Trade: The Case of Benin
Sami Bensassi (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom), Joachim Jarreau (University of Paris-Dauphine, France), and Cristina Mitaritonna (CEPII, France)

Session 2C Training and Managerial Skills | Room MC 8-100

Chair: Caio Piza (World Bank)

  The Dynamics of Inter-Firm Skill Transmission among Kenyan Microenterprises
Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan, and Terence R. Johnson (University of Notre Dame, United States)
  Long-Term Direct and Spillover Effects of Vocational Training: Experimental Evidence from Colombia” | Presentation
Adriana Kugler (Georgetown University, United States), Maurice Kugler (IMPAQ International LLC, United States), Juan Saavedra (University of Southern California, United States), and Luis Omar Herrera Prada (Inter-American Development Bank)

Short and Longer Run Impacts of Kaizen Management Training: The Case in Tanzania” | Presentation
Yuki Higuchi (Nagoya City University, Japan) and Tetsushi Sonobe (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan)

Disussant: Paulo Bastos (World Bank)


Session 2D Crime, Civil Wars, and Hotspots | Room MC 9-100

Chair: Yujin Jeong (American University, United States)

  Adverse Rainfall Shocks and Civil War: Myth or Reality” | Presentation
Ricardo Maertens (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  Bandits on Patrol: An Analysis of Petty Corruption on West African Roads” | Presentation
Toni Oki (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  Identifying Crime Hotspots Using Mobile Phone Data: Bogota: a Case Study
Andrey Bogomolov (University of Trento, Italy), Andrés Clavijo (Data Pop Alliance, United States), Gabriel Pestre (Data Pop Alliance, United States), Joan Serrà (Telefónica Barcelona, Spain), Natalie Shoup (Data Pop Alliance, United States), Alvaro Ramirez Suarez (Telefónica Colombia, Colombia), Emmanuel Letouzé ( Data Pop Alliance, United States), Bruno Lepri (University of Trento, Italy), and Nuria Oliver (Telefónica Barcelona, Spain)

Second Stage Sampling for Conflict Areas: Methods and Implications” | Presentation
Kristen Himelein (World Bank), Stephanie Eckman (RTI International), Siobhan Murray (World Bank), and Johannes Bauer (University of Munich, Germany)

Discussant: Julian Jamison (World Bank)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

  Preston Auditorium
08:00–09:00 Registration and Breakfast

Keynote Address 3: Thick Description in Empirical Economics
Chair: Asli Demirguc-Kunt (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank)
Speaker: Jonathan Morduch (New York University, United States)

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10:00–10:15 Coffee
10:15–12:15 Sessions 3A-3D

Session 3A Banking, Financial Inclusion and Borrower Data | Room MC 6-100

Chair: Tatiana Didier  (World Bank)

  The Global Findex Database 2014 Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World
Asli Demirguc-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer, and Peter Van Oudheusden (World Bank)
  Purchase Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, and Political Inclination” | Presentaton
Xiaowen Dong (MIT Media Lab, United States), Eaman Jahani (MIT Media Lab. United States), Alfredo Morales-Guzman (MIT Media Lab and New England Complex Systems Institute, United States), Burçin Bozkaya (Sabanci University, Turkey), Bruno Lepri (MIT Media Lab and Fondazione Bruno Kessler), and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland (MIT Media Lab, United States)
  Banking with Agents: Experimental Evidence from Senegal” | Presentation
Sinja Buri (IFC), Robert Cull (World Bank), Xavier Giné (World Bank), and Sven Harten (IFC)

Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine: Sharing Borrower Information in a Competitive Credit Market
Jaap Bos (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), Ralph De Haas (EBRD and Tilburg University, The Netherlands), and Matteo Millone (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Disussant: Martin Cihak (International Monetary Fund) 


Session 3B Political Power, Media, and Favoritism | Room MC 7-100

Chair: Claudia Sepulveda (World Bank)

  Politics, Government-Controlled Media, and Women’s Fertility Preferences: Evidence from India
Rikhil Bhavnani (University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States) and Gareth Nellis (Yale University, United States)
  “Social Ties and Favoritism in Chinese Science”
Raymond Fisman (Boston University, United States), Jing Shi (RMIT University, Australia), Yongxiang Wang (University of Southern California, United States), and Rong Xu (Renmin University of China, China)
  Incumbent Advantage, Voter Information and Vote Buying
Cesi Cruz (University of British Columbia, Canada), Philip Keefer (Inter-American Development Bank), and Julien Labonne (Yale-NUS College, United States)  

Traditional Elites: Agricultural Productivity and the Persistence of Political Power” | Presentation
Sabrin Beg (University of Delaware, United Sates)

Discussant: Luis-Felipe Lopez Calva (World Bank)


Session 3C Measuring Employment, Time, and Women's Agency | Room MC 8-100

Chair: Nada Hamadeh (World Bank)

  Not Your Average Job: Irregular Schedules, Recall Bias, and Farm Labor Measurement in Tanzania"
Vellore Arthi (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), Kathleen Beegle (World Bank), Joachim De Weerdt (University of Antwerp and KU Leuven, The Netherlands) and Amparo Palacios-Lopez (World Bank)
  Measuring Women’s Agency
Jeannie Annan (International Rescue Committee), Aletheia Donald (World Bank), Kathryn Falb (International Rescue Committee), Gayatri Koolwal ( World Bank and UN Foundation) and Markus Goldstein (World Bank)
  Measuring Time Use in Development Settings
Greg Seymour, Hazel Malapit, and Agnes Quisumbing (International Food Policy Research Institute)

Measuring Employment in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Survey Experiment
Rachel Heath (University of Washington, United States), Ghazala Mansuri, Dhiraj Sharma, Bob Rijkers, and William Seitz (World Bank)

Discussant: Margaret McMillan (Tufts University, United States and International Food Policy
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Session 3D Disease Prevalence, Disease Targeting, and Health Costs | Room MC 9-100

Chair: Eeshani Kandpal (World Bank)

  The Health Costs of Ethnic Distance: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Joseph Gomes (University of Navarra, Spain)
  A New Method for Estimating Disease Prevalence Rates Using Big Data: An Application to Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Zoë McLaren (University of Michigan, United States) and Rulof Burger (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Using Cell Phone Data to Improve Disease Targeting and Mitigate the Negative Externality of Internal Population Movement
Sveta Milusheva (Brown University, United States)

Discussant: Owen Ozier (World Bank)

12:15–12:30 Brown Bag Lunch | Preston Lounge

Panel: The Science and Economics of Data | Preston Auditorium

Chair: Shanta Devarajan (Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region,World Bank)
Panelists: Pieter Everaers (Director of A- Cooperation, European Statistical System, Eurostat), Haishan Fu (Director, Development Data Group, World Bank), and Justin Wolfers (Professor, University of Michigan, United States)

14:00–14:15 Coffee
14:15–16:15 Sessions 4A-4D

Session 4A Teachers Pay, Teachers Productivity, and School Fees | Room MC 6-100

Chair: Halsey Rogers (World Bank)

  The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Labor Market for Teachers” | Presentation
Natalie Bau (University of Toronto, Canada) and Jishnu Das (World Bank)
  Through the Looking Glass: Can Classroom Observation and Coaching Improve Teacher Performance in Brazil?
Barbara Bruns (Center for Global Development), Leandro Costa (World Bank), and Nina Cunha (Stanford University, United States)
  What Do Teachers Know and Do"
Tessa Bold (Stockholm University, Sweden), Deon Filmer (World Bank), Gayle Martin (World Bank), Ezequiel Molina (World Bank), Brian Stacy (World Bank), Christophe Rockmore (World Bank), Jakob Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden), and Wally Wane (World Bank)
  "Combining Administrative and Survey Data for Better Program Evaluation: A Case Study of School Fee Reforms in South Africa
Robert Garlick (Duke University, United States)

Session 4B Decentralization, Development Projects, and Corruption | Room MC 7-100

Chair: David Rosenblatt (World Bank)

  Decentralizing Corruption? Irrigation Reform in Pakistan's Indus Basin” | Presentation
Freeha Fatima, Hanan G. Jacoby, and Ghazala Mansuri (World Bank)
  “Decentralization Without Representation (Or Mobility): Implications for Rural Public Service Delivery”
Katrina Kosec and Tewodaj Mogues (International Food Policy Research Institute)
  Local Government Proliferation, Diversity, and Conflict
Samuel Bazzi (Boston University and BREAD, United States) and Matthew Gudgeon (Boston University, United States)

The Political Economy of Unfinished Development Projects: Corruption, Clientelism, or Collective Choice?
Martin J. Williams (Oxford University, United Kingdom)

Discussant: Paolo Mauro (Peterson Institute for International Economics, United States)


Session 4C Structural Transformation, Taxes and Subsidies: Evidence from Firms | Room MC 8-100

Chair: Poonam Gupta (World Bank)

  Out with the Old and Unproductive, In with the New and Similarly Unproductive: Microenterprise Dynamics in a Growing Low-Income Economy"
Brian McCaig (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) and Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College, United States)
  Can Wage Subsidies Boost Employment in the Wake of an Economic Crisis? Evidence from Mexico
Miriam Bruhn (World Bank)
  Taxation, Information, and Withholding: Evidence from Costa Rica
Anne Brockmeyer and Marco Hernandez (World Bank)

Economic Transformation in Africa from the Bottom Up: Macro and Micro Evidence from Tanzania
Xinshen Diao (International Food Policy Research Institute), Josaphat Kweka (Trademark East Africa), Margaret McMillan (Tufts University, United States and International Food Policy Research Institute), and Zara Qureshi (International Food Policy Research Institute)

Discussant: Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank)


Session 4D Random Control Trials, Lab Experiments, and External Validity | Room MC 9-100

Chair: David Evans (World Bank)

  Do Rewards Work to Maintain and Increase Tax Compliance? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Goods” | Presentation
Paul Carrillo (George Washington University, United States), Edgar Castro and Carlos Scartascini (Inter-American Development Bank)
  Income Hiding and Informal Redistribution: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Senegal” | Presentation
Marie Boltz (Paris School of Economics, France), Karine Marazyan (University of Paris 1, France), and Paola Villar (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED) and Paris School of Economics, France)
  Women's Empowerment, Sibling Rivalry and Competitiveness: Evidence from a Lab Experiment and a Randomized Control Trial in Uganda
Niklas Buehren (World Bank), Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Kenneth Leonard (University of Maryland, United States), Joao Montalvao (World Bank), and Katya Vasilaky (Columbia University, United States)

Balancing External Validity and Networked Interference in Large-Scale Rural Experiments” | Presentation
Alejandro Noriega and Alex (Sandy) Pentland (MIT, United States)

Discussant: Pamela Jakiela (University of Maryland, United States)

Session 2A Survey and Administrative Data: Big and Small | Room MC 6-100
Session 2A Survey and Administrative Data: Big and Small | Room MC 6-100
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    Shanta Devarajan

    Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank
    Shanta Devarajan is the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Pieter Everaers

    Pieter Everaers

    Director of A- Cooperation, European Statistical System, Eurostat
    Pieter Everaers (1954) is Director of Directorate A- Cooperation in the European Statistical System; International Cooperation; Resources at DG Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. Since 2012 he is in this position managing the human and financial resources and the legal affairs, the planning and evaluation of the statistical programme as well as the governance in the European Statistical System. In this position he is also responsible for the support program to Greek statistics. This position also involves the responsibility for the cooperation in statistics with other European and non-European Third Countries and with International Organisations. He joined Eurostat in May 2004, closing a 20 years career at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Before 2012 he was in Eurostat as director responsible for International Trade and Population statistics, Agricultural Statistics, Environment, Energy and Transport, Business statistics, as well as Dissemination and Indicators. He has a PhD in Spatial Sciences at the University of Utrecht and had his original training in Human Geography and Mathematical Sociology.
  • Haishan Fu

    Haishan Fu

    Director, Development Economics Data Group, World Bank
    Ms. Haishan Fu is the Director of the Development Data Group, in the Development Economics Vice Presidency, at The World Bank. Previously, she had held positions as Director, Statistics Division of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); Chief of Statistics at the Human Development Report Office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Senior Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute in New York and Population Affairs Officer at the United Nations Population Division. Ms. Fu had also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Research Collaborator at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of IAOS, the Advisory Committee on Ethics of ISI and the Statistical Advisory Panel of the Human Development Report (HDR) of UNDP. Ms. Fu has published a number of research papers in leading academic journals, and contributed as core team member, team leader or executive editor to major international and regional reports. A native of China, Ms. Fu holds a doctoral degree in Demography from Princeton University and a bachelor degree in Economics from Peking University.
  • Jonathan Morduch

    Jonathan Morduch

    Professor of Public Policy and Economics NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
    Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Morduch’s research focuses on poverty and finance. His current work studies the financial lives of low-income families in the United States, a focus that extends the approach of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton 2009). Morduch is the co-author of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press 2010) and Economics, an introductory text from McGraw-Hill. He is a coeditor of Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion (MIT Press). Morduch is also a founder and Executive Director of the NYU Financial Access Initiative. He has taught on the Economics faculty at Harvard, and has held visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, Hitotsubashi University and the University of Tokyo. Morduch received a BA from Brown and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels for his work on microfinance. In 2016-17, Morduch is at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, focusing on the economics of social business.
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    Sendhil Mullainathan

    Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    Sendhil Mullainathan is the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He has worked on poverty, behavioral economics and a wide variety of topics such as: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine learning to better understand human behavior.
  • Roberto Rigobon

    Roberto Rigobon

    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management, MIT
    Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.
  • Justin Wolfers

    Justin Wolfers

    Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers, a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research; a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn; a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London; an International Research Fellow with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a Fellow of the CESifo, in Munich. He was previously a Visiting Professor at Princeton, an Associate Professor at Wharton, an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia

Preston Auditorium
World Bank Headquarters | Main Complex
1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20433

The Conference


Registration will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016.

For security reasons, all visitors to the World Bank are required to pass through a metal detector and all visitors’ bags are X-rayed.

On arrival at the World Bank, please enter through the main entrance of the Main Complex (1818 H Street, NW). There will be a security guard and signage to guide you. As you pass through security, you will be directed to the ABCDE registration tables (after the metal detectors). Here you will register and pick up your World Bank visitor’s pass (which will grant you access to World Bank buildings until 6 p.m. on June 21), as well as a conference badge and materials.

For non-Bank/IMF staff, visitor’s passes are mandatory.

ABCDE 2016: Data and Development
  • Date: June 20–21, 2016
  • Venue: Washington, DC
  • CONTACT: ABCDE Organizers


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