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Macroeconomics of Growth


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  December 13&14 , 2007
Chair (first two morning sessions): Paulo Vieira da Cunha, Banco Central do Brasil

Chair (last morning session): Chang-Tai Hsieh, UC Berkeley
Chair (afternoon sessions): Robin Burgess, London School of Economics

Day One:Growth in Brazil 

8:30-9:00 am


9:00-9:15 amOpening Remarks
    Luis Serven, Research Manager (World Bank)
    Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President (Fundacao Getulio Vargas)
    Roberto Castelo Branco (Vale)

9:15-10:30 am

Marcelo Neri (Fundacao Getulio Vargas)
    "Poverty and Growth"
Discussant: Jose Marcio Camargo (PUC-RJ) and Fernando Veloso (IBMEC)


10:30-10:45 am



10:45-12:00 pm

Aloisio Araujo (Fundacao Getulio Vargas/IMPA)
Discussant: Jose Scheinkman (Princeton University)


12:00-12:15 pm



12:15-1:30 pm

Jose Scheinkman (Princeton University)
“The Informal Sector"
Discussant: Arminio Fraga (PUC-RJ and Gavea Partners)


1:30-3:00 pm


3:00-4:15 pm

Marc Muendler (University of California, San Diego)
    "Trade and Productivity"
Discussant: Armando Castellar (IPEA)

4:15-4:30 pmBreak
4:30-5:45 pm

Pedro Ferreira (Fundacao Getulio Vargas)
Discussant: Joaquin Levy (Secretaria da Fazenda do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)

Day Two: Growth Around the World 

8:30-9:00 am


9:00-10:00 am

Santiago Levy (Inter-American Bank)
   "Can Social Programs Reduce Productivity and Growth? A Hypothesis for Mexico"     
Discussant: Roger Gordon (University of California, San Diego)

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:15 am

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University)
    "Decentralization and Water Pollution Spillovers: Evidence from the Re-Drawing of County Boundaries in Brazil"
     joint with Molly Lipscomb
Discussant: Claudio Ferraz (IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada))

11:15-11:30 am


11:30-12:30 pm

Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth College)
    “Expanding Credit Access: Using Randomized Supply Decisions to Estimate Impacts”    
     joint with Dean Karlan
Discussant: Marcos de Carvalho Chamon (IMF)

12:30-2:00 pm


2:00-3:00 pm

Miriam Bruhn (World Bank)
    "License to Sell: The Effect of Business Registration Reform on Entrepreneurial Activity in Mexico"     
Discussant: Marcos Rangel (Chicago Public Policy)


3:00-3:15 pm


3:15-4:15 pm

Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University)
   "Product Quality at the Plant Level: Evidence from Columbia" 
     joint with Maurice Kugler        
Discussant: John Sutton (LSE)


4:15-4:30 pm



4:30-5:30 pm

Francisco Rodriguez (Wesleyan)
“The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela    
     joint with Chang-Tai Hsieh, Edward Miguel, and Daniel Ortega       
Discussant: Ernesto Schargrodsky (Universidad Torcuato di Tella)


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

Chang-Tai Hsieh (
Robin Burgess (

Mary Hallward-Driemeier (


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