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Session 1: Development Economics

June 9-10, 2015

Organized by:

  • David Atkin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Arun Chandrasekhar, Stanford University
  • Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University
  • Melanie Morten, Stanford University

For travel planning purposes - this session will run from Tuesday, June 9th, 9:00am to Wednesday, June 10th, 5:00pm

This workshop will bring together researchers working on economic development from both an empirical and theoretical perspective. Specifically, this year we will focus on self-selection. Self-selection is omnipresent as both a concern (from the econometrician’s standpoint) and a fundamental object of interest in both empirical and theoretical studies of development policies. For example, it is now well established that there is massive self-selection into credit markets (even after the introduction of microcredit) and understanding why self-selection is so stringent remains an open question. Likewise understanding what drives some individuals or firms to adopt new technologies (or change behavior) faster than others remains of fundamental importance. We welcome submissions that broadly approach this issue.

In this Session

Jun 9 |
9:30 am to 10:30 am

From Local to Global: External Validity in a Fertility Natural Experiment

Presented by: Rajeev Dehejia
Co-Author(s): Cristian Pop-Eleches, Cyrus Samii
Jun 9 |
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Financial as Signals: Experimental Evidence from the Recruitment of Health Workers

Presented by: Erika Deserranno
Jun 9 |
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Trade, Migration and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis of China

Presented by: Trevor Tombe
Co-Author(s): Xiaodong Zhu
Jun 9 |
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Gossip: Identifying Central Individuals in a Social Network

Presented by: Arun Chandrasekhar
Co-Author(s): Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Matthew O. Jackson
Jun 9 |
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Dictator’'s Inner Circle

Presented by: Patrick Francois
Co-Author(s): Ilia Rainer, Francesco Trebbi
Jun 10 |
9:30 am to 10:30 am

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

Presented by: Supreet Kaur
Co-Author(s): Emily Breza, Yogita Shamdasani
Jun 10 |
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Competing for Relationships: Markets and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone

Presented by: Tarek Ghani
Co-Author(s): Tristan Reed
Jun 10 |
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Advice-Taking, Learning, and Technology Adoption: Results from an Economic Experiment with Farmers

Presented by: Laura Schechter
Co-Author(s): Brad Barham, Jean-Paul Chavas, Dylan Fitz
Jun 10 |
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Self-Control and Chronic Illness: Evidence from Commitment Contracts for Doctor Visits in India

Presented by: Gautam Rao
Co-Author(s): Liang Bai, Benjamin Handel, Ted Miguel
Jun 10 |
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Demand for Insurance under Limited Trust: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya

Presented by: Andrew Zeitlin
Co-Author(s): Stefan Dercon, Jan Willem Gunning