Participant List

 

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

 

Research Conference #2 of 3 on

Economic Research on African Development Successes

 

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil, Organizers

 

In collaboration with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

 

July 18-20, 2010

 

La Palm Royal Beach Hotel

Accra, Ghana

 

PROGRAM

Shading indicates parallel sessions

 

SATURDAY, JULY 17(AT HOTEL)

 

 

6:30 pm

Buffet dinner at hotel, in venue Ghanaian Village Restaurant

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 18(AT HOTEL)

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

9:00 am

Welcome and updates on NBER Africa Project

 

 

9:10 am

The Returns to the Brain Drain and Brain Circulation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some computations using data from Ghana (Project 4)

 

YAW NYARKO, New York University

 

 

 

Discussant: MURRAY LEIBBRANDT, University of Cape Town

 

 

10:10 am

Coffee break

 

 

10:30 am

Healing the Wounds: Learning from Sierra Leone's Post-war Institutional Reforms (Project 6)

 

KATHERINE CASEY, Brown University

 

RACHEL GLENNERSTER, MIT

 

EDWARD MIGUEL, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: ROBERT BATES, Harvard University

 

 

11:30 am

Consequences of Civil Wars (Sierra Leone, Colombia) (Project 29)

 

DARON ACEMOGLU, MIT and NBER

 

JAMES ROBINSON, Harvard University and NBER

 

††††††† with ISAIAS CHAVES, Stanford University

 

 

 

Discussant: WILLIAM EASTERLY, New York University and NBER

 

 

12:30 pm

Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY PARALLEL SESSION 1:
FINANCE AND BANKING

 

 

1:45 pm

Were the Nigerian Banking Reforms of 2005 A Success Ö And for the Poor? (Project 27)

 

LISA COOK, Michigan State University

 

 

 

Discussant: YAW ANSU, World Bank

 

 

2:45 pm

Coffee break

 

 

3:05 pm

Mobile Banking: The Impact of M-Pesa in Kenya (Project 18)

 

ISAAC MBITI, Southern Methodist University

 

DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: BENNO NDULU, Bank of Tanzania

 

 

4:05 pm

The Financial Sector in Burundi: An Investigation of its Efficiency in Resource Mobilization and Allocation (Project 16)

 

LEONCE NDIKUMANA, African Development Bank

 

JANVIER NKURUNZIZA, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

 

PRIME NYAMOYA, OGI Consulting Group, Burundi

 

 

 

Discussant: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, UC, Los Angeles and NBER

 

 

5:05 pm

Adjourn

 

 

 

SUNDAY PARALLEL SESSION 2:
EXPORTS

 

 

1:45 pm

AGOA Rules: The intended and unintended development consequences of Special Fabric Provisions (Lesotho) (Project 17)

 

LAWRENCE EDWARDS, University of Cape Town

 

ROBERT LAWRENCE, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: PETER BOONE, London School of Economics

 

 

2:45 pm

Coffee break

 

 

3:05 pm

Mauritius: African Success Story (Project 19)

 

JEFFREY FRANKEL, Harvard University and NBER

 

††††††† with OYEBOLA OLABISI, Harvard University

 

 

 

Discussant: JORGE BRAGA DE MACEDO, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and NBER

 

 

4:05 pm

African Export Successes: Surprises, Stylized Facts and Explanations
(Project 32)

 

WILLIAM EASTERLY, New York University and NBER

 

ARIELL RESHEF, University of Virginia

 

 

 

Discussant: NATHAN NUNN, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

5:05 pm

Adjourn

 

 

6:30 pm

Sit-down dinner at hotel, in venue Damba Hall

 

 

 

Keynote Address

 

KWESI BOTCHWEY, Former Minister of Finance of Ghana

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 19(AT UNIV. OF GHANA)

 

 

7:00 am

Continental breakfast at hotel

 

 

8:00-9:00 am

Van transport north across Accra to the University of Ghana, Institute of African Studies (IAS), conference room

 

 

9:20 am

The Unofficial Economy in Africa (Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius) Tables (Project 22)

 

RAFAEL LA PORTA, Dartmouth College and NBER

 

ANDREI SHLEIFER, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

 

10:20 am

Coffee Break

 

 

 

MONDAY PARALLEL SESSION 1 (in seminar room):
AGRICULTURE

 

 

10:40 am

The Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World (Project 13)

 

NATHAN NUNN, Harvard University and NBER

 

NANCY QIAN, Yale University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: JENNY AKER, Tufts University

 

 

11:40 am

The Decline and Rise of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1961 (Ghana) (Project 30)

 

STEVEN BLOCK, Tufts University

 

 

 

Discussant: WILLIAM JACK, Georgetown University

 

 

 

MONDAY PARALLEL SESSION 2 (in conference room):
SCHOOLING & HEALTH

 

 

10:40 am

What drives success in children's educational outcomes in poor villages in rural West Africa, the case of Guinea-Bissau? (Project 23)

 

PETER BOONE, London School of Economics

 

SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: JAMES HABYARIMANA, Georgetown University

 

 

11:40 am

Girl Power: Cash Transfers and Female Empowerment (Malawi) (Project 24)

 

SARAH BAIRD, George Washington University

 

EPHRAIM CHIRWA, University of Malawi

 

JACOBUS DE HOOP, Tinbergen Institute

 

BERK ÷ZLER, The World Bank

 

 

 

Discussant: REBECCA THORNTON, University of Michigan

 

 

12:40 pm

Lunch at African Regent Hotel

 

 

1:45 pm

Optional sightseeing excursion to Tema Export Processing Zone

 

-- Red Sea Housing, foreign firm

 

-- Commodities Processing Industries (see #3 on link), domestic firm

 

 

6:00 pm

Return to hotel

 

 

6:45 pm

Buffet dinner at hotel, in venue Ghanaian Village Restaurant

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 20(AT HOTEL)

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

9:00 am

State versus Consumer Regulation: The Case of Road Safety in Kenya
(Project 25)

 

JAMES HABYARIMANA, Georgetown University

 

WILLIAM JACK, Georgetown University

 

 

 

Discussants: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

†††††††††††††††††† SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

10:00 am

Coffee Break

 

 

10:20-11:20 am

New Cellular Networks in Malawi: Correlates of Service Rollout and Effects on Employment (Project 2)

 

TARYN DINKELMAN, Princeton University

 

ANGELA MSOSA, National Statistical Office, Malawi

 

EMILY OSTER, University of Chicago and NBER

 

REBECCA THORNTON, University of Michigan

 

DERIC ZANERA, National Statistical Office, Malawi

 

 

 

Discussant: ISAAC MBITI, Southern Methodist University

 

 

11:30 am

Panel discussion:Africa and the Global Economy: Opportunities and Risks

 

Chair: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

12:30 pm

Lunch

 

 

1:30 pm

Fifteen Years On: Household Incomes in South Africa (Project 8)

 

MURRAY LEIBBRANDT, University of Cape Town

 

JAMES LEVINSOHN, Yale University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: MICHAEL SAMSON, Economic Policy Research Institute, South Africa

 

 

2:30 pm

Coffee Break

 

 

2:50 pm

Womenís Empowerment in Burundi: Impact Evaluation Paper (Burundi, South Africa) (Project 21)

 

RADHA IYENGAR, London School of Economics and NBER

 

††††††† with GIULIA FERRARI, London School of Economics

 

 

 

Discussant: EMILY OSTER, University of Chicago and NBER

 

 

3:50 pm

Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

Note on Time Allocation (60 minutes per project):

            Authors:                     15 min.
            Discussants:              15 min.
            General discussion:  30 min.

 

Instructions to the Presenters:

Please load your presentation files onto the laptop in the conference room before the relevant session.

 

 

Instructions to the Discussants:

In the spirit of the Africa Project, please give comments that are helpful rather than critical.

 

 

 

Updated 7/21/10