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Finance and Development: The Unfinished Agenda
November 2, 2016, Washington, DC
Financial sector experts gathered to share new research and data on policies to make poverty-alleviating resources available to the bottom 40 percent.


The 12th Overview Course of Financial Sector Issues: Building Financial Sectors that Support Development
May 4-8, 2015, Washington, DC
The Finance & Markets Global Practice and the Development Research Department of the World Bank invites you to attend the 12th Overview Course of Financial Sector Issues to be held at The World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington, DC, May 4 to May 8, 2015. The theme of this year is "Building Financial Sectors that Support Development".


Small and Medium Enterprise Workshop
May 28, 2015
This workshop showcases winning ideas from an innovation competition focused on Small and Medium Enterprises.


Financial Structure and Economic Development 
June 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. 
The advantages of market or bank-based financial systems have been intensively debated by economists for over a century.  Recently developed cross-country data sets have enabled researchers to document that financial structure does change during development, with financial systems becoming more market-based as countries develop. However, those data also show that financial structures vary widely across countries, even among those at similar stages of development. In this conference, we will explore the concept of “optimal financial structure” and how this is likely to be associated with financial development in general and financial stability in particular.


New Ideas in Business Growth: Financial Literacy, Firm Dynamics and Entrepreneurial Enviornment
March 30, 2011 in Washington DC.
This conference served as a platform for researchers and policy makers to exchange ideas and share recent findings on policies and programs that can promote business growth for all levels of enterprises. The conference was open to a range of topics related to business growth and to papers using both experimental and non-experimental methods.


Survey Design and Measurement in Development Economics
December 10-11, 2009. 
The conference brought together a group of scholars, who discussed topics that included the reliability of recall and self-reported data, as well as methods for improvement, such as the use of diaries and Personalized Digital Assistants (PDAs).


Entrepreneurship and Growth
November 19-20, 2009,
 Academics, policymakers, and practitioners, examined the constraints to entrepreneurship, the promotion of high-growth entrepreneurship, and the impact of institutional reforms on the nature of the new incumbent firms.


The International Financial Crisis: Have the Rules of Finance Changed?
September 24-25, 2009
Conference to examine the recent global financial upheaval, whether financial principles seem to have shifted in recent years, and what that may mean for international financial markets and regulation.


Managing Systemic Crises and Redesigning Financial Systems
May 26, 2009
The conference explored issues of regulatory reform and corporate and financial restructuring in the wake of financial crises. 


Measurement, Promotion, and Impact of Access to Financial Services
March 2009  


Conference on Risk Analysis and Management  
October 2-3, 2008
A conference on risk analysis and management, jointly with the IMF. Also a special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance Volume 33, Issue 11, Pages 1949-2174 (November 2009) was published on the same topic.


Small Business Finance - What Works, What Doesn't?
May 5 and 6, 2008
Conference jointly sponsored by DECRG-FP and FPD held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.


Partial Credit Guarantee Schemes – Experiences and Lessons
March 13 and 14, 2008
Conference jointly sponsored with the Journal of Financial Stability and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Measuring Bank Regulation and Supervision;
October 26, 2007 
Half-day seminar on strengths and shortcomings of this data, its analysis, and the resulting policy implication.


Conference on Access to Finance 
March 15 and 16, 2007 
 A joint conference with the World Bank Economic Review was held on in Washington, DC.


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