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Conference on Measurement, Promotion, and Impact of Access to Financial Services

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

8:00 - 8:45

Conference Registration

8:45 - 9:00

 Opening Remarks by Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of The Netherlands (Introduction by: Juan Jose Daboub, Managing Director, World Bank)

 9:00 - 10:15

   Session 1: Measuring Access to Financial Services
  Chair: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt (Senior Research Manager, Development Research Group, World Bank)
    Cause and Effect of Financial Access: Cross-country Evidence from the FinScope Surveys
    by Patrick Honohan (Trinity College Dublin) and Michael King (Trinity College Dublin)     Presentation
Discussant: Stijn Claessens (IMF)   Discussion
    Measuring Household Usage of Financial Services: Does It Matter How or Whom You Ask?”
    by Robert Cull (World Bank) and Kinnon Scott (World Bank)  Presentation
    Discussant: Jonathan Morduch (NYU)  Discussion

10:15 - 10:35

  Coffee break

10:35 -12:35

  Session 2. Promoting Access to Financial Services

Chair: Marilou Uy (Sector Director, AFT: Finance and Private Sector Development, World Bank)

  "Identification Strategy: A Field Experiment on Borrower Responses to Fingerprinting for Loan Enforcement"
    by Xavier Giné (World Bank), Jessica Goldberg (University of Michigan), and
Dean Yang (University of Michigan)   Presentation
  Discussant: Alan de Brauw (International Food Policy Research Institute)
    Valuing Financial Literacy Training"
    by Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School), Thomas Sampson (Harvard University) and Bilal Zia (World Bank)   Presentation
   Discussant: Jeremy Tobacman (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
"Debt Literacy, Financial Experiences and Overindebtedness"
by Annamaria Lusardi (Dartmouth College) and Peter Tufano (Harvard Business School)  Presentation
Discussant: Leora Klapper (World Bank)   Discussion

12:35 - 2:00

  Lunch break

2:00 - 3:20


Session 3. Promoting Access to Financial Services II, Regulation and Institutions

  Chair: Consolate Rusagara (Director, FPD Financial Systems, World Bank)

Grassroots Banking: The Effect of Opening Banco Azteca on Economic Activity in Mexico"

    by Miriam Bruhn (World Bank) and Inessa Love (World Bank)  Presentation
  Discussant: James Vickery (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)   Discussion
    The Distributive Impact of Reforms in Credit Enforcement: Evidence from Indian Debt Recovery Tribunals"
    by Ulf von Lilienfeld-Toal (Stockholm School of Economics), Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University) and Sujata Visaria (Boston University)  Presentation
Discusssant: Miriam Bruhn (World Bank)  Discussion

3:20 - 3:40


3:40 - 5:10


Panel Discussion: Measuring Household Access to Financial Services. What Have We Done? Where Do We Go Next?

    Chair: Alan Gelb (Director, Development Policy, World Bank)

Participants: :  Aditya Narain (Deputy Division Chief, Monetary and Capital Markets, International Monetary Fund), Elizabeth Littlefield (Director, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, World Bank), Nataliya Mylenko (Manager of Data and Analytics, CGAP, World Bank), Jonathan Morduch (Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative, and Professor of Public Policy and Economics, New York University), Lawrence Yanovitch (Senior Program Officer for Financial Services for the Poor, Gates Foundation), and Sergio Navajas  (Investment Officer, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank)

Friday, March 13, 2009
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9:00 - 10:15

  Session 4.  Promoting Access to Financial Services III, Current Topics
    Chair: Elisabeth Rhyne (Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion, ACCION International)
    Borrowing to Get Ahead, and Behind: The Credit Boom and Bust in Lower-Income Markets
    by Matt Fellowes (Brookings Institution, Pew Charitable Trusts) and Mia Mabanta (Brookings Institution)  Presentation
    Discussant: Brian Bucks (Federal Reserve Board)  
    Social Capital and Access to Credit: Evidence from Uganda

by Anni Heikkila (Helsinski School of Economics), Panu Kalmi (Helsinski School of Economics), and Olli-Pekka Ruuskanen (Uganda Insurers Association)

  Discussant: Karen Ellis (Overseas Development Institute)  Discussion

10:15 - 10:45

  Coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

  Session 5. Impact of Access to Financial Services on Household Welfare
    Chair: Margaret Miller (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, World Bank)
    Are Women Better Loan Officers?
  by Thorsten Beck (Tilburg University and CEPR), Patrick Behr (Goethe
University), and André Güttler (European Business School)  Presentation
  Discussant: Robert Lensink (University of Groningen)  Discussion
    Financial Services for the Poor: Welfare, Savings and Consumption"

by Suzanne Duryea (Inter-American Development Bank) and Ernesto Schargrodsky (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)  Presentation

  Discussant: Christian Ahlin (Michigan State University)  Discussion
"Bringing Finance to Pakistan’s Poor"
by Tatiana Nenova (World Bank), Cecile Niang (World Bank), and Anjum Ahmad (World Bank)  Presentation
Discussant: Anjali Kumar (World Bank)  Discussion


 End of Conference

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