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Conference on Access to Finance

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          Access to Finance

March 15-16, 2007, Washington D.C.

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Jointly sponsored by the World Bank/DRGFP and World Bank Economic Review



Day One   March 15 
9:00 – 9:10 Opening remarks: Francois Bourguignon, Chief Economist World Bank
9:10 – 11:10 Session 1: Access to Finance:  Concepts and Measurement  
 Chair: Francois Bourguignon
 Ross Levine (joint with Asli Demirgüç-Kunt): Finance and Opportunity: Financial Systems and Intergenerational Persistence of Relative Incomes      (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant:  Oded Galor
 Maria Soledad Martinez Peria (with Thorsten Beck and Asli Demirgüç-Kunt): Banking for Everyone? Barriers to Bank Access and Use around the World.      (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant: David Porteous 
 Patrick Honohan: Cross-Country Variation in Household Access to Financial Services      (also available: author's presentation)
  Discussant: John Caskey  (presentation)
11:10– 11:40Coffee break
11:40 – 1:00 Session 2: Microfinance
 Chair: Elizabeth Littlefield

Rob Townsend (with Xavier Gine and James Vickery): Patterns of Rainfall Insurance Participation in Rural India      (also available: authors' presentation)


Discussant: Shawn Cole  (presentation)

 Jonathan Morduch (with Don Johnston): Microcredit vs. Microsaving: Evidence from Indonesia      (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant: Xavier Gine   (presentation)
1:00 – 2:30Lunch break
2:30 – 3:50 Session 3: Access to finance: Micro-entepreneurs and Firms
 Chair: Simeon Djankov 

Philippe Aghion (with Thibault Fally and Stefano Scarpetta): Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post-Entry Growth of Firms          (also available: authors' presentation)

  Discussant: Simon Johnson  (presentation)

Christopher Woodruff (with Robert Cull and David McKenzie):   Experimental Evidence on Returns to Capital and Access to Finance in Mexico      (also available: authors' presentation)

  Discussant: Matthias Schündeln  
3:50 – 4:20Coffee Break
4:20 – 6:00 Panel discussion: Robert Annibale, Mark Bienstman, Donna Childs, Michael Klein, Antoinette Schoar, and Marilou Uy
 Chair: L. Alan Winters 

Day Two

March 16
8:30 – 10:30 Session 4: Access to finance: Households and Firms
 Chair : Laurence Carter

Leora Klapper (with Asli Demirgüç-Kunt and Georgios Panos): The Origins of Self-Employment      (also available: authors' presentation)

  Discussant: Enrique Seira Bejarano   (presentation)
 Vojislav Maksimovic (with Meghana  Ayyagari and Asli Demirgüç-Kunt): Formal versus Informal Finance: Evidence from China        (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant: Bernard Yeung   (presentation)

Bindu Ananth (with Dean Karlan and Sendhil Mullainathan):  Microentrepreneurs and Their Money: Three Anomalies       (also available: authors' presentation)

  Discussant: Bilal Zia   (presentation)
10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00-12:20Session 5: Institutions and Access to Finance
 Chair: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt
 Anna Paulson (with Una Okonkwo Osili): What Can We Learn about Financial Access from U.S. Immigrants?           (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant: Inessa Love (presentation)
 Thorsten Beck (with Ross Levine and Alex Levkov): Bank Regulation and Income Distribution: Evidence from Branch Deregulation    (also available: authors' presentation)
  Discussant: Philip Strahan   (presentation)
12:20 – 2:00Lunch break
2:00 – 3:20 Session 6: The Role of Government
 Chair: Stijn Claessens
 Paola Sapienza (with Luigi Guiso and Luigi Zingales): The Cost of Banking Regulation       (also available: authors' presentation) 
  Discussant: Gerard Caprio
 Sergio Schmukler (with Augusto de la Torre and Juan Carlos Gozzi): Innovative Experiences in Access to Finance: Market-Friendly Roles for the Visible Hand?    (also available: authors' presentation)
    Discussant: Liliana Rojas-Suarez  (presentation)

Time allocation for each paper: 20 min presentation, 10 min discussant and 10 min floor

Organizing Committee: Thorsten Beck and Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

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