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The Empirics of Governance May 2008

Thursday, May 1, 2008  |  Friday May 2, 2008  |  

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 Day 1
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Governance Indicators: Issues of Measurement & Use in Research and Policy




Opening: Introduction
Mustapha K. Nabli, Senior Advisor, Development Economics, World Bank

Context and Objectives
Alan Gelb,
 Acting Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics, World Bank
Presentation: Measurement and Use of Governance Indicators

  • Session I : Broad Expert-based indicators: perceptions and experts. Focus Theme: Checks and Balances Institutions

    Chair: Mustapha Nabli, Senior Advisor, Development Economics, World Bank
    Stefan Voigt, Chair for Institutional and International Economics, University of Marburg, Germany
    Presentation and Paper

    Discussants/Producers of Indicators:
    Monty Marshall, (POLITY), Research Director, Center for Global Policy, George Mason University
    Phil Keefer, (DPI), Lead Economist. Development Research Group, World Bank. Comments
    Melissa Thomas, Associate Professor of International Development, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.
 10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
  • Session II: Narrow/specific expert-based indicators: progress and prospects: Focus Theme: Public Sector Management

    Chair: Christine Wallich, Sr. Advisor, Governance and Accountability, South Asia Region, World Bank
    Speaker: Steve Knack, Lead Economist. Development Research Group, World Bank. Presentation.

    Discussants/Producers of Indicators:
    William Dorotnisky, (PEFA), International Monetary Fund. Comments
    Pamela Gomez, (Open Budget Index), International Budget Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Brian Levy, Advisor, Public Sector and Governance, WB



Session III:Indicators based on representative surveys of firms, households and service providers: Focus Theme: Corruption

  • Chair: Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the Africa Region, World Bank
    Speaker: Jakob Svensson, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. 

    Discussants/Producers of Indicators:
    Mitchell A. Seligson, (AmericasBarometer), Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University. Comments
    Cheryl Gray, (BEEPS), Director, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank. Comments
    Javier Herrera, Director DIAL, France. Comments
 3:30-4:00Stepping Back: Where do we stand, Where are we going?
Daniel Kauffmann, Director, World Bank Institute, World Bank 
 4:00 - 4:15Coffee Break
 4.15 - 6:00
  • Session IV: Aggregate Indicators
    Chair: Dennis de Tray, Vice president for Special Initiatives, Center for Global development
    Speaker: Aart Kraay, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank. Presentation

    Discussants/Producers of Indicators:
    Juanita Riano, Research Coordinator-measurement Tools, Policy and Research Department, Transparency International. Comments
    Peter Murrell, Chair, Department of Economics, University of Maryland. Comments
    Christiane Arndt, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Netherlands. Comments
    Marcus J. Kurtz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio State UniversitySpeaker: Comments

 Day 2
Friday, May 2, 2008
Governance Indicators: Indicators in Practice


  • Session V: Best practices for using indicators; designing and benchmarking reforms. Focus Theme: Delivery of Public Services

    Moderator: Vinod Thomas, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank (tbc)
    Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, Colgate University.Presentation
    Nils Boesen, Process and Change Consultancy, Denmark. Presentation
    Ali Khadr, Senior Manager, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank. Presentation
    Ritva Reinikka, Sector Director, Social and Economic Development Group MENA, World Bank. Presentation
10:45 - 11:00  Coffee Break


  • Session VI: Panel: Best practices for using indicators: monitoring progress on governance outcomes
    Focus Theme: Anti-corruption, budget and financial management

    Moderator: Sanjay Pradhan, Director, Pubic Sector Governance, WB
    Cheryl Gray, Director, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank. Presentation
    Thomas Kelly, Director Economic Policy, Development Policy Division, Millennium Challenge Corporation. Presentation
    Nick Manning, Sector Manager, Public Sector Governance, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank. Presentation

12:30 - 1:30

  • Closing:
    Panel:Directions going forward for measurement, and use of governance indicators in research, policy and practice?

    Chair:Alain Gelb, Acting Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics, World Bank
  • Report from Day 1
    Stefan Voigt: Chair for Institutional and International Economics, University of Marburg, Germany. Wrap-up
  • Report fromDay 2
    Sanjay Pradhan, Director, Public Sector Governance, World Bank




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