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Microeconomics of Growth Conference


Washington, DC,  June 5&6, 2008 
Venue: World Bank Main Complex (MC2-800)

Day One: Thursday, June 5

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch (for presenters and discussants) 


1:00-2:00 pm

WELCOMING REMARKS by Justin Lin, Chief Economist, Development Economics (World Bank)

Benjamin Jones (Northwestern)
   "Climate Change and Economic Growth: Evidence from the Last Half Century"
   joint with Melissa Dell and Ben Olken   
Discussant: Kirk Hamilton (Lead Economist, Environment Department)

2:00-2:15 pm



2:15-3:15 pm

Raffaella Sadun (London School of Economics)
 "How Good is Chinese and Indian Management?"    
joint with Nick Bloom and John Van Reenan
Discussant: Jagadeesh Sivadasan (University of Michigan)


3:15-3:30 pm



3:30-4:30 pm

Christian Broda (University of Chicago)
"Inequality and Prices: Does China Benefit the Poor in America?"
   joint with John Romalis
Discussant: Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University)

4:30-4:45 pm



4:45-5:45 pm

Martin Ravallion and Francisco Ferreira (World Bank)
 "Poverty Reduction without Economic Growth? Explaining Brazil's Poverty Dynamics: 1985-2004"  
   joint with Phillippe Leite
Discussant: Santiago Levy (IADB)

Day Two: Friday, June 6
8:30-9:00 amBreakfast
9:00-10:00 amShawn Cole (Harvard)
 "Are the Monitors Over-monitored? Evidence from Corruption, Vigilance, and Lending in Indian Banks"   
   joint with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Discussant: Stijn Claessens (IMF)

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:15 am

Nancy Qian (Brown)
 "The Rise of China and the Natural Resource Curse in Africa"        
   joint with Gerard Padro-I-Miquel
Discussant: William Maloney (Lead Economist, Latin American and Caribbean Chief Economist Office)

11:15-11:30 am


11:30-12:30 pm

Taryn Dinkelman (University of Michigan)
   "The Effects of Rural Electrification on Employment: New Evidence from South Africa"
Discussant: Raymond Fisman (Columbia University)

12:30-2:00 pm

Lunch: MC Dining Room D&E (for Presenters/Discussants)

2:00-3:00 pm

Joseph Kaboski (Ohio State)
  "Testing a Structural Model of Credit Constraints Using a Large-Scale Quasi-Experimental Microfinance Initiative"
   joint with Robert Townsend

Discussant: Xavier Gine (Economist, Research Department)

3:00-3:15 pm


3:15-4:15 pm

David McKenzie (World Bank)
 "Does it Pay Firms to Register for Taxes?"
Discussant: Roberta Gatti (Sector Manager, Human Development Group)


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

Chang-Tai Hsieh (
Robin Burgess

Mary Hallward-Driemeier (


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