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Pre-Conference on Structural Transformation and Economic Growth

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast
9:00-9:15 am  
Opening Remarks
Justin Yifu Lin (Sr. Vice-President and Chief Economist, Development Economics, World Bank)

Session 1. Structural Transformation: Stylized Facts

9:15-10:15 am How Can Structural Transformation Affect Aggregate GDP and Welfare?
Susanto Basu (Boston College)
Discussant: Douglas Gollin (Williams College)
Presentation (329 KB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (106 KB PDF)
10:15-11:15 am  
Data for Measuring Structural Transformation
Neil Fantom and Eric Swanson (World Bank)
Discussant: Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago)
Presentation (276 KB PDF)
11:15-11:30 am  
Coffee Break

Session 2. Productivity Growth and Structural Transformation

11:30-12:30 pm Industrial Policy and Competition
Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), Mathias Dewatripont (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Luosha Du (University of California, Berkeley), Ann Harrison (World Bank), and Patrick Legros (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Discussant: Mark Dutz (World Bank)
Presentation (254 KB PDF)
12:30-2:00 pm  
Lunch
2:00-3:00 pm  
Public Investments and Structural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Douglas Gollin (Williams College) and Richard Rogerson (Arizona State University)
Discussant: Shanta Devarajan (World Bank)
Presentation (2.5 MB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (540 KB PDF)

Session 3. Structural Transformation and Globalization

3:00-4:00 pm The Life-Cycle of Plants in India and Mexico
Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago) and Peter Klenow (Stanford University)
Discussant: Martin Rama (World Bank)
Presentation (81 KB PDF)
4:00-4:15 pm  
Coffee Break
4:15-5:15 pm 
The Role of Selective Capital Account Openness in Resilience to Financial Shocks
Tong Hui (IMF) and Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University)
Discussant: Sergio Schmukler (World Bank)
Presentation (197 KB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (157 KB PDF)
5:15–6:15 pm 
Exporter Profiles
Caroline Freund and Martha Denisse Pierola (World Bank)
Discussant: Olivier Cadot (World Bank)
Presentation (134 KB PDF)
6:30 pm 
Dinner by invitation only

Friday, October 22, 2010

Session 4. Structural Transformation, Diversification, Agglomeration, and Industrial Policy

8:00-8:30 am
Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Integration and Sectoral Diversification
Jean Imbs (Université de Lausanne) and Romain Wacziarg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Discussant: Caroline Freund (World Bank)
Presentation (136 KB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (57 KB PDF)
9:30-10:30 am
Import Led Development
David Atkin (Yale University), Amit Khandelwal (Columbia University), and Rocco Macchiavello (Warwick University)
Discussant: Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank)
Presentation (1.7 MB PDF)
10:30-10:45 am
Coffee Break
10:45 -11:45 am The Pattern of Protection and Economic Growth: Evidence from Chinese Cities
Ann Harrison (World Bank), Jing Cai (University of California, Berkeley), and Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank)
Discussant: Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University)
Presentation (141 KB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (197 KB PDF)
11:45-12:45 pm Structural Transformation, Foreign Investment, and Agglomeration Economies
Laura Alfaro (Harvard University) and Maggie Chen (George Washington University)
Discussant: Bill Maloney (World Bank)
Presentation (2.0 MB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (257 KB PDF)
12:45-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:00 pm "What is a 'policy'? (for structural transformation, for instance)"
Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank) and Lant Pritchett (Harvard University)
Discussant: Stephen Knack (World Bank)
Presentation (417KB PDF)

Session 5. Case Studies

3:00-4:00 pm
Steel, Industrial Policy, and Economic Performance
Bruce Blonigen (University of Oregon)
Discussant: Bernard Hoekman (World Bank)
Presentation (118 KB PDF)
4:00-4:15 pm
Coffee Break
4:15-5:15 pm
Cluster-based Industrialization in China Financing and Performance
Cheryl Long (Colgate University) and Xiaobo Zhang (IFPRI)
Discussant: Yong Wang (World Bank and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Presentation (1.3 MB PDF) | Discussant's Presentation (253 KB PDF)
5:15-6:15 pm
Globalization and Structural Transformation in Botswana
Margaret McMillan (IFPRI)
Discussant: Vincent Palmade (World Bank)
Presentation (2.8 KB PDF)
6:15-6:30 pm
Concluding Remarks
Ann Harrison (World Bank)



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