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Microeconomics of Growth agenda, May 2006

Microeconomics of Growth

Washington, D.C. May 18-19, 2006

World Bank Main Complex (MC2-800)

Day One


8:30 am


9:00 am

Alan Winters (World Bank) 
       Introductory Remarks

9:15-10:15 am

Charles Jones (UC Berkeley)
“Knowledge and the Theory of Economic Development.” 

10:15- 11:15 am

Asli Demirguc-Kunt (World Bank)
   "Firm Innovation in Emerging Markets: Role of Governance and Finance"        
     joint with Meghana Ayyagari (GWU), and Vojislav Maksimovic (Maryland)

11:15-11:30Coffee Break   
11:30-12:30 pm

Simeon Djankov (World Bank)
   “Is Corruption Efficient? A Field Experiment in Obtaining a Driver License in India.”     
     joint with Marianne Bertrand (Chicago GSB), Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard), and Rema Hana (NYU Wagner)

12:30-2:00 pm

Francois Bourguignon (The World Bank)
John Sutton (LSE), Robin Burgess (LSE)
Roundtable on Microeconomics of Growth - Directions of Research
(Box Lunch Available)

2:00-3:00 pm

Chang-Tai Hsieh (UC Berkeley) and Peter Klenow (Stanford University)
     "Misallocation and Manufacturing TFP in China and India"

3:00-3:15 pm

Coffee Break

3:15-3:30 pm

Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank)
     Introduction to World Bank Investment Climate Enterprise Surveys and Research

3:30-5:30 pm

Juan Carlos Hallak (Michigan), John Haltiwanger (Maryland), Jim Levinsohn (Michigan), Marc Melitz (Harvard), Ariel Pakes (Harvard), and James Tybout (Penn State)
     Panel Discussion: World Bank Investment Climate Data

5:30-6:30 pmReception
6:30 pmDinner  (by invitation

Day Two  


8:30 amBreakfast
9:00-10:00 am

Marcos Chamon (IMF)
     "The Myth of Post-Reform Income Stagnation in Brazil"      
     joint with Irineu de Carvalho Filho (IMF)

10:00-11:00 am

Pol Antras (Harvard)
     "Contracts and Technology Adoption"  
     joint with Daron Acemoglu (MIT) and Elhanan Helpman (Harvard)

11:00-11:15 am

Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 pm

Rachel Kranton (Maryland)
     "Contracts, Hold-Up, and Exports: Textiles and Opium in Colonial India"   
     joint with Anand Swamy (Williams)

12:15-2:00 pmLunch (by invitation)

2:00-3:00 pm

Robert Jensen (Harvard KSG)     
     "The Visible Hand(set): Mobile Phones and Market Performance in South Indian Fisheries"    

3:00-4:00 pm

Jagadeesh Sivadasan (Michigan)      
      "Tax Law Changes, Income Shifting, and Measured Wage Inequality: Evidence from India"               
     joint with Joel Slemrod (Michigan)

4:00-4:15 pm

Coffee Break        

4:15-5:15 pm

John Haltiwanger (Maryland) and Stefano Scarpetta (World Bank)
     "Assessing Job Flows Across Countries: The Role of Industry, Size, and Regulations"        
     joint with Helena Schweiger (Maryland)

Queries relating to timetabling and the program should be addressed to:

Chang-Tai Hsieh (
Robin Burgess ( )

Mary Hallward-Driemeier (

Anna Regina Bonfield (

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