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The 24th NBER-TCER-CEPR Conference on

Experiments for Development: Achievements and New Directions

March 18-19, 2013

Organizers: Shin-ichi Fukuda, Takeo Hoshi, and Tetsushi Sonobe

Sponsors: Center for Economic Policy Research, National Bureau of Economic Research, Tokyo Center for Economic Research, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies



Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan




Monday, March 18




Chair: Takeo Hoshi, Stanford University and NBER



10:15 am

David McKenzie, World Bank
Francisco Campos, World Bank

Aidan Coville, World Bank

Ana Fernandes, World Bank

Markus Goldstein, World Bank


Learning from the Experiments that Never Happened: Lessons from Trying to Conduct Randomized Evaluations of Matching Grant Programs in Africa




Discussant: Keijiro Otsuka, GRIPS



11:15 am

Tetsushi Sonobe, GRIPS

Yukichi Mano, Hitotsubashi University


Teaching KAIZEN to Small Business Owners: An Experiment in a Metalworking Cluster in Nairobi




Discussant: Yoshito Takasaki, University of Tsukuba



12:15 pm





Chair: Tetsushi Sonobe, GRIPS



1:30 pm

Alistair Munro, GRIPS

Bereket Kebede, University of East Anglia
Marcela Tarazona-Gomez,
University of East Anglia
Arjan Verschoor,
University of East Anglia


Autonomy and Efficiency. An Experiment on Household Decisions in Two Regions of India




Discussant: Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista, Asian Development Bank



2:30 pm

Coffee Break



2:45 pm

Tahir Andrabi, Pomona College

Jishnu Das, World Bank

Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Harvard University and NBER


Understanding Educational Markets: A Sentinel Approach




Discussant: Yukichi Mano, Hitotsubashi University



3:45 pm

Tomoya Matsumoto, GRIPS


Disseminating New Farming Practice among Small Scale Farmers: Experimental Intervention in Uganda




Discussant: Takashi Kurosaki, Hitotsubashi University



4:45 pm




6:00 pm



4-9-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo



Tuesday, March 19




Chair: Shin-ichi Fukuda, University of Tokyo



9:30 am

Russell Toth, University of Sydney

Alex Oo, University of Sydney


Using Framed Field Experiments to Understand Market Behavior in Developing Countries: Do Community-Sanctioned Social Pressures Constrain Microenterprise Growth?




Discussant: Masahiro Shoji, Seijo University



10:30 am

Hisaki Kono, Institute of Developing Economies


Microcredit Games with Noisy Signals: Collision or Free-Riding?




Discussant: Bhanupong Nidhiprabha, Thammasat University



11:30 am

Lunch and Adjourn










Participants will be staying at the International House of Japan


Access to I-House


Time Table of Limousine Bus from Narita


Time Table of Limousine Bus to Narita