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Management Practices in the Private and Social Sectors Conference

December 7-8, 2017

Washington, DC

  • Can management practices push development forward? How does better management improve social service delivery policies and incentivize private sector growth?  Join us December 7 & 8 in MC 2-800 as academics and practitioners from all over the globe present their empirical research on management and organizational practices in both the private and the social sector.

    This two-day conference is sponsored by the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group and Human Development Practice Group Chief Economist offices at the World Bank, in collaboration with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.

  • DAY 1 - December 7, 2017

    9:00 - 9:30 am BREAKFAST

    9:30 - 10:00 am  Informational Frictions and Practice Variation: Evidence from Physicians in Training

    10:00 - 10:30 am All in the family? CEO choice and firm organization

    10:30 - 11:00 am COFFEE BREAK

    11:00 - 11:30 am Why do Employees (Not) Make Referrals?


    11:30 - 12:00 pm Energy subsidies, energy intensity and management practices

    • Helena Schweiger, EBRD


    12:00 - 12:30 pm Management skill, entrepreneurial motivation, and enterprise survival: Evidence from randomized experiments and repeated surveys in Vietnam


    12:30 - 1:00 pm LUNCH

    1:00 - 1:45 pm Keynote address

    • John Van Reenen (Keynote Speaker):  Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      video | presentation
    •  Jan Walliser (Chair):  Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank


    2:00 - 2:30 pm Management Practices as an Input for Innovation in Developing Countries


    2:30 - 3:00 pm Do Management Interventions Last? Evidence from India

    3:00 - 3:30 pm Improving Management with Individual and Group-based consulting

    • David McKenzie, World Bank


    3:30 - 4:00 pm COFFEE BREAK


    4:00 - 4:30 pm Competition and Relational Contracts: Evidence from Rwanda's Coffee Mills

    • Ameet Morjaria, Northwestern University

    4:30 - 5:00 pm Promotions and the Peter Principle

    DAY 2 - December 8, 2017


    8:30 - 9:00 am BREAKFAST

    9:00 - 9:30 am The Value of Relational Adaptation in Outsourcing: Evidence from the 2008 shock to the US Airline industry

    • Ricard Gil, Johns Hopkins University

    9:30 - 10:00 am  Drivers of Effort: Evidence from Employee Absenteeism

    10:00 - 10:30 am Noncompetes in the US Labor Force

    10:30 - 11:00 am  COFFEE BREAK

    11:00 - 11:30 am Heterogenous Effects of Performance Pay - The Role of Market Competition, Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

    11:30 - 12:00 pm  Learning Job Skills from Colleagues at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment Using Teacher Performance Data

    • Eric Taylor, Harvard University

    12:00 - 12:30 pm  Personnel Management and School Productivity: Evidence from India

    12:30 – 1:00 pm LUNCH

    1:00 - 1:45 pm  Keynote address

    • Caroline Hoxby (Speaker), Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University
    • Keith Hansen (Chair), Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

    2:00 - 2:30 pm  Do Middle and Vocational Schools Foster Meritocracy? Historical Evidence from Japan

    • Mari Tanaka, Hitosubashi University
    • Hidehiko Ichimura (University of Tokyo)
    • Yasuyuki Sawada (University of Tokyo)
      video | presentation

    2:30 - 3:00 pm  The Lost Human Capital: Teacher Knowledge and Student Achievement in Africa

    3:00 - 3:15 pm  COFFEE BREAK

    3:15 - 3:45 pm  Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia?

    3:45 - 4:15 pm Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover, and the Quality of Public Services

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    Keith Hansen

    Vice President, Human Development Practice Group

    Keith Hansen is the Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and labor. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hansen was one of the co-vice presidents for all of the Global Practices responsible for the setup and oversight of the Bank Group’s new operating model, which aimed at bringing together the best expertise from across the institution and from partners to help tackle countries’ most complex development challenges. In that role, he was also responsible for the oversight of the Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which focus the WBG's efforts and resources on achieving ambitious targets in key priority areas such as gender and jobs. Mr. Hansen also served as acting vice president for the World Bank’s Human Development Network. He was the human development director for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for the Bank's activities in education; health, nutrition, and population; and social safety nets in the region. Previously, in his role as head of the AIDS Campaign Team for Africa, Mr. Hansen spearheaded the Bank's renewed approach to the epidemic. He holds a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a law degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University.


    Caroline Hoxby

    Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University

    Caroline Hoxby is the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the Director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Before moving to Stanford in 2007, she was the Fried Professor of Economics and a Harvard College Professor at Harvard University (1994-2007). Trained as a public finance and labor economist, Hoxby is one of the world's leading scholars in the Economics of Education. Her pioneering work in the field was transformative because she saw that applying economic thinking to education generates many important insights. Her work often draws upon models of investment, incentives, market design, finance, optimal pricing, social insurance, and behavioral economics. Hoxby has been a presidential appointee to the National Board of Education Sciences and serves on advisory committees for the government, The Brookings Institution, and organizations with an interest in education policy. Her honors include The Smithsonian Institution's Ingenuity Award, The Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Education, Global Leader of Tomorrow from the World Economic Forum, Carnegie Scholar, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a John M. Olin Fellowship, and a National Tax Association Award. Hoxby has a Ph.D. from MIT, studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and obtained her baccalaureate degree summa cum laude from Harvard University.


    John Van Reenen

    Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    John Van Reenen the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics. From October 2003 to July 2016 John Van Reenen was Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Europe’s leading applied economics research centre. In 2016 he received the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for services to Economics and Public Policy Making, and in 2009 was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal. Van Reenen has published widely on the economics of innovation, labor markets and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and for many international organizations. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and at Harvard University, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a Professor at University College London, a partner in Lexecon Ltd. (now CRAI), and Chief Technology Officer of a software start-up. Van Reenen holds a BA in economics and social and political sciences from Queens College, University of Cambridge, an MSc in industrial relations from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from University College London in economics.


    Jan Walliser

    Vice President for the World Bank’s Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group

    Jan Walliser is the Vice President for the World Bank’s Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group. The mission of the Practice Group is to help foster markets, institutions, and economies that are stable, efficient, and equitable. The Global Practices under his responsibility are Finance & Markets, Governance, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, Poverty, and Trade & Competitiveness. Previously, Mr. Walliser was the Director of Strategy and Operations in the Bank’s Africa Region where he provided strategic leadership and operational guidance to staff operating there. Before joining the Bank, he was an economist at the IMF and a Principal Analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Mr. Walliser has published in a range of economic journals on intergenerational aspects of fiscal policy, tax reform, pension reform, and aid effectiveness. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a Diplom-Volkswirt from Kiel University, Germany.


  • DATE: December 7-8, 2017
  • TIME: 9:00 am EST
  • LOCATION: World Bank, MC 2-800 , 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC