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 Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

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".

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Small and Medium Enterprise Workshop
May 28, 2015

This workshop hosted by the World Bank’s Development Research Group and the Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Practice within the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice will showcase winning ideas from an innovation competition focused on Small and Medium Enterprises.

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 Past Conferences

The Development Research Group hosted one-day conference on "Financial Structure and Economic Development" on 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 a one-day conference took place on 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, co-organized with the Enterprise Initiative, University of Chicago, and Yale University, the conference on  took place on 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). 


A conference on Entrepreneurship and Growth, jointly with the World Bank Group's Investment Climate Advisory Services, and the Kauffman Foundation, was held on November 19-20, 2009, and brought together academics, policymakers, and practitioners, who 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.


A conference on The International Financial Crisis: Have the Rules of Finance Changed?, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the World Bank, took place on September 24, 2009 to September 25, 2009 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.


A conference on Managing Systemic Crises and Redesigning Financial Systems was held on May 26, 2009.  Jointly sponsored by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the conference explored issues of regulatory reform and corporate and financial restructuring in the wake of financial crises. 


A conference on Measurement, Promotion, and Impact of Access to Financial Services was held in Washington, DC in March 2009.

Conference on Risk Analysis and Management  A conference on risk analysis and management, jointly with the IMF, was held on October 2-3, 2008. 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.


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


A conference on Partial Credit Guarantee Schemes – Experiences and Lessons, jointly sponsored with the Journal of Financial Stability and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was held in Washington, DC on March 13 and 14, 2008.


On October 26, 2007 a half-day seminar was held to discuss Measuring Bank Regulation and Supervision; strengths and shortcomings of this data, its analysis, and the resulting policy implication.


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

Archived Conferences
Conference papers, agendas, and datasets dating back to 2000 are available in the  Archived Conferences  section of this site.









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