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Conference on Structural Transformation and Economic Growth

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

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. Globalization and Structural Transformation
Chair: Justin Yifu Lin (Sr. Vice-President and Chief Economist, Development Economics, World Bank)

9:15–10:15 am "Globalization, Structural Change and Productivity Growth"
Margaret McMillan (IFPRI) and Dani Rodrik (Harvard University) Discussant: William Maloney (World Bank)
Paper (722KB pdf) | Presentation | Comments
10:15–11:15 am  
"Industrial Policy and Competition"
Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), Mathias Dewatripont (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Luosha Du (University of California, Berkeley), Ann Harrison (University of California, Berkeley), and Patrick Legros (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Discussant: Jean Imbs (Paris School of Economics)
Paper (449KB pdf) | Presentation Part I |Presentation Part II | Comments
11:15–11:30 am  
Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 pm "Selection, Reallocation, and Knowledge Spillovers: Identifying the Impact of Multinational Activity on Aggregate Productivity"
Laura Alfaro (Harvard University) and Maggie Chen (World Bank)
Discussant: Daniel Lederman (World Bank)
Paper (481 KB pdf) | Presentation | Comments
12:30–2:00 pm  

Session 2. Industrial Policy, Human Capital, and China
Chair: Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank)

2:00–3:00 pm  
"The Allocation of Talent and US Economic Growth"
Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago), Erik Hurst (University of Chicago ), Charles I. Jones (Stanford University) and Peter Klenow (Stanford University)
Discussant: Norman Loayza (World Bank) (TBC)
Paper (1.5MB pdf) | Presentation
3:00–4:00 pm "A Darwinian Perspective on Entrepreneurship: Evidence from China"
Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University) and Xiabo Zhang (IFPRI)
John Giles (World Bank)
Paper (500KB pdf) | Presentation | Comments
4:00–4:15 pm  
Coffee Break
4:15–5:15 pm 
"Industrial Policy and Downstream Export Performance"
Bruce Blonigen (University of Oregon)
Discussant: Caroline Freund (World Bank)
Paper (330KB pdf) | Presentation
5:15–6:15 pm 
"The Pattern of Protection and Economic Growth: Evidence from Chinese Cities"
Ann Harrison (University of California, Berkeley), Jing Cai (University of California, Berkeley), and Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank)
Discussant: Eswar Prasad (Cornell University)
Paper (338KB pdf) | Presentation

Friday, October 7, 2011

8:30-9:00 am

Session 3. Sectoral Diversification and Africa
Chair: Célestin Monga (Senior Adviser, World Bank)

9:00–10:00 am
"The Geography of Structural Change"
Jean Imbs (Paris School of Economics), Claudio Montenegro (World Bank), and Romain Wacziarg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Discussant: Aart Kraay (World Bank)
Paper (215 KB pdf) | Presentation | Comments
10:00–11:00 am
"Institutions, Family Firms, and the Lack of Manufacturing Employment: Evidence from Ethiopia"
David Atkin (Yale University), Amit Khandelwal (Columbia University), Jonathan Vogel (Columbia University)
Discussant: David Mc Kenzie (World Bank
Presentation | Comments
11:00–11:15 am
Coffee Break
11:15–12:15 am "Public Investments and Structural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Douglas Gollin (Williams College) and Richard Rogerson (Princeton University)
Discussant: Xiabo Zhang (IFPRI)
Paper (319KB pdf) | Presentation | Comments
12:30–2:00 pm Roundtable: Should Countries Promote Structural Change and Diversification?
Chair: Ann Harrison (University of California, Berkeley)
Panelist: Laura Alfaro (Harvard University and Costa Rica's Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy), Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank), Margaret McMillan (IFPRI), and Martin Rama (World Bank)
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