Development Conference Papers

For anyone who was unable to attend last week’s New Techniques in Development Economics Conference (supported by AusAID), some of the papers are available online. Full program over the fold. Those that are available are hyperlinked; others should show up with a Google Scholar search at some point the future.

Day 1: Thursday 19 June

8.15-8.30am Coffee & Registration

8.30-8.45am Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Opening speech

8.45-9.45am Lisa Cameron, University of Melbourne
A Randomized Evaluation of a Large-Scale Sanitation Program in Indonesia (with Manisha Shah)               

9.45-10.15am Morning Tea                                          

10.15-11.15am Leigh Linden, Columbia University
Conditional Transfers in Education: Design Features, Peer and Sibling Effects – Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Columbia (with Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Marianne Bertrand, and Francisco Perez-Calle)       
Discussant: Daniel Suryadarma, ANU

11.15-12.15pm Steven Stillman, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, NZ
The Impacts of International Migration on Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program (with John Gibson and David McKenzie)
:  Randy Akee, IZA

12.15-1.30pm Lunch                                                                                                                              

1.30-2.30pm Seema Jayachandran, Stanford University
Life Expectancy and Human Capital Investments: Evidence From Maternal Mortality Declines (with Adriana Lleras-Muney)                                                                                                                                                                 Discussant: Xin Meng, ANU

2.30-3.30pm Chris Blattman, Center for Global Development, Yale University
From Violence to Voting: War and Political Participation in Uganda                                                                Discussant:  Amy Liu, ANU

3.30-4.00pm Afternoon Tea

4.00-5.00pm Boly Amadou, University of Montreal
Can Corruption be Studied in the Lab? (with Olivier Armantier)                             Discussant:  Catherine de Fontenay, University of Melbourne

Day 2: Friday 20 June

8.15-8.45am Coffee

8.45-9.45am Elaine Liu, Princeton University
Time to Change What to Sow: Risk Preferences and Technology Adoption Decisions of Cotton Farmers in China  
Discussant: Raj Arunachalam, University of Michigan

9.45-10.15am Morning Tea

10.15-11.15am Chikako Yamauchi, Australian National University
Heterogeneity in the Returns to Investment in Poor Villages                                                    Discussant: Pushkar Maitra, Monash University

11.15-12.15pm Shawn Cole, Harvard Business School
Weather Insurance: Managing Risk Through an Innovative Retail Derivative (with Jeremy Tobacman and Petia Topalova)
Discussant:  Stephen Howes, ANU

12.15-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Dean Karlan, Yale University
Put Your Money Where Your Butt Is: A Commitment Savings Account for Smoking Cessation (with Xavier Gine and Jonathan Zinman)                                                                                                                                                                  Discussant:  Satish Chand, ANU

2.30-3.30pm Manisha Shah, University of Melbourne
Are STI Interventions Doomed to Fail? Evidence from Ecuador (with Raj Arunachalam)                                   Discussant:  Sambit Bhattacharyya, ANU

3.00-3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30-5.00pm The Economics, Ethics and Politics of Randomised Policy Trials
Roundtable discussion with Mark McGilvray (AusAID), Andrew Egan (AusAID), Dean Karlan, and Leigh Linden               
Chair: Andrew Leigh

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