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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

 

Policy-Oriented Research Conference #3 of 3 on

Economic Research on African Development Successes

 

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

 

In collaboration with the Bank of Tanzania

 

August 3-5, 2011

 

La Gemma Dell′Est Hotel

Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

PROGRAM

Shading indicates parallel sessions

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (AT HOTEL)

 

 

6:30 pm

Optional buffet dinner at hotel

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 (AT HOTEL)

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

9:00 am

Welcome and updates on NBER Africa Project

 

 

9:10 am

Family Ties, Inheritance Rights, and Successful Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Ghana (Project 15)
EDWARD KUTSOATI, Tufts University
RANDALL MORCK, University of Alberta and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: DAMIEN DE WALQUE, The World Bank

 

 

10:10 am

Coffee break

 

 

10:30-11:30

An Exploration of Luxury Hotels in Tanzania (Project 10)
DIEGO COMIN, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: GIORGIA GIOVANNETTI, University of Florence

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING PARALLEL SESSION 1:
CAPITAL

 

 

11:40 am

The Return to Capital for Small Retailers in Kenya: Evidence from Inventories (Project 14)
MICHAEL KREMER, Harvard University and NBER
JEAN LEE, Harvard University
JONATHAN ROBINSON, University of California, Santa Cruz
OLGA ROSTAPSHOVA, Harvard University

 

 

 

Discussant: LOUIS KASEKENDE, Bank of Uganda

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING PARALLEL SESSION 2:
INTRA-ELITE DYNAMICS

 

 

11:40 am

How Is Power Shared In Africa? (Project 40)
ILIA RAINER, George Mason University
FRANCESCO TREBBI, University of British Columbia and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: AUGUSTIN FOSU, World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER)

 

 

12:40 pm

Lunch

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSION 1:
FINANCE

 

 

2:00 pm

Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from Within and Across Africa (Project 26)
SEBNEM KALEMLI-OZCAN, University of Houston and NBER
BENT SORENSEN, University of Houston

 

 

 

Discussant: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

3:00 pm

Coffee break

 

3:20 pm

Supply and Demand Challenges in Banking the Rural Poor: Evidence from Kenya (Project 31)
PASCALINE DUPAS, Stanford University and NBER
JONATHAN ROBINSON, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

 

 

Discussant: WILLIAM LYAKURWA, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

 

4:20 pm

Improving Access to Banking: Evidence from Kenya (Project 35)
FRANKLIN ALLEN, University of Pennsylvania
ELENA CARLETTI, European University Institute
ROBERT CULL, The World Bank
JUN "QJ" QIAN, Boston College
LEMMA SENBET, University of Maryland
       with PATRICIO VALENZUELA, European University Institute

 

 

 

Discussant: RANDALL MORCK, University of Alberta and NBER

 

 

5:20 pm

Adjourn

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSION 2:
HEALTH

 

 

2:00 pm

Fertility Responses to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Scale-Up in Zambia (Project 28)
NICHOLAS WILSON, Williams College

 

 

 

Discussant: WALY WANE, The World Bank

 

 

3:00 pm

Coffee break

 

 

3:20 pm

Stimulating Demand for AIDS Prevention: Lessons from the RESPECT Trial (Tanzania) (Project 33)
WILLIAM DOW, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: SARA SIEVERS, Columbia University

 

4:20 pm

Conditional Grants to Improve Public Health: Evaluating the Health Impacts of the Nigerian Conditional Grants Scheme (Project 38)
JENS HAINMUELLER, MIT
MICHAEL HISCOX, Harvard University
       with ERIN BAGGOTT, Harvard University
       with LEAH ROSENZWEIG, Columbia University

 

 

 

Discussant: SAMUEL WANGWE, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Tanzania

 

 

5:20 pm

Adjourn

 

 

6:30 pm

Buffet dinner at hotel

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 (AT HOTEL)

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

9:00 am

Is Tanzania a Success Story? A Long Term Analysis (Project 20)
SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

 

10:00 am

Coffee Break

 

 

 

THURSDAY MORNING PARALLEL SESSION 1:
POLITICAL ECONOMY

 

 

10:20 am

Does Decentralization Increase Access to Poverty-Related Services? Evidence from Benin (Project 34)
MARTIAL FOUCAULT, University of Montreal
GREGOIRE ROTA-GRAZIOSI, International Monetary Fund
LEONARD WANTCHEKON, New York University
       with EMILIE CALDEIRA, Auvergne University

 

 

 

Discussant: MICHAEL HISCOX, Harvard University

 

 

11:20 am

The Political Economy of Government Revenues in Post-Conflict Resource-Rich Africa: Liberia and Sierra Leone (Project 36)
SYLVAIN DESSY, Laval University

 

       presented by ILIA RAINER, George Mason University

 

 

Discussant: ILIA RAINER, George Mason University

 

 

 

THURSDAY MORNING PARALLEL SESSION 2:
POPULATION

 

 

10:20 am

Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Illness and Health Clinic Utilization in Burkina Faso (Project 5)
RICHARD AKRESH, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
DAMIEN DE WALQUE, The World Bank
HAROUNAN KAZIANGA, Oklahoma State University

 

 

 

Discussant: PASCALINE DUPAS, Stanford University and NBER

 

 

11:20 am

Demographic Pressure and Institutional Change: Village-Level Response to Rural Population Growth in Burkina Faso (Project 11)
HAROUNAN KAZIANGA, Oklahoma State University
WILLIAM MASTERS, Tufts University
MARGARET MCMILLAN, Tufts University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: WILLIAM DOW, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER

 

12:20 pm

Lunch

 

 

1:30 pm

WELCOME TO POLICYMAKERS

Joint Research Presentation and Policy Discussion on Agriculture:

 

Contract Farming and Agricultural Dynamics in Western Kenya (Project 37)
SENDHIL MULLAINATHAN, Harvard University and NBER
       with LORENZO CASABURI, Harvard University

 

 

Discussant: JONATHAN ROBINSON, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

2:00 pm

The Sahel's Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm-level (Project 39)
JEREMY FOLTZ, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

 

Discussant: STEVEN BLOCK, Tufts University

 

2:30 pm

Coffee Break

 

3:00 pm

Policy Discussion: Agriculture and Economic Development: African Angles

 

Chair: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER

 

Discussant: STEVEN BLOCK, Tufts University  SLIDES

 

Discussant: WILLIAM MASTERS, Tufts University  SLIDES

 

4:15 pm

Policy Discussion: Public Health

 

Chair: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

Discussant: WILLIAM DOW, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER  SLIDES

 

Discussant: MICHAEL HISCOX, Harvard University

 

5:30 pm

Adjourn

 

6:15 pm

Reception

 

7:00 pm

Private dinner at hotel in Baobab Center

 

 

Keynote Address

 

KHAMIS M. OMAR, Principal Secretary, Finance, Economy, and Development Planning,
President’s Office, Zanzibar

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 (IN STONE TOWN)

 

 

7:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

8:00 am

Depart hotel for Stone Town, capital of Zanzibar

 

 

9:00 am

Arrive at Bank of Tanzania-Zanzibar Branch in Stone Town

 

 

9:20 am

Policy Discussion: The Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Emerging Market Development Strategies

 

Chair: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, UC Los Angeles and NBER

 

Discussant: FRANKLIN ALLEN, University of Pennsylvania

 

Discussant: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

10:30 am

Coffee Break

 

 

10:50 am

Policy Discussion: Monetary Policy in Africa: Inflation Targeting and Currency Unions

 

Chair: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

Discussant: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, UC Los Angeles and NBER

 

Discussant: ANTOINETTE SAYEH, International Monetary Fund

 

 

12:00 noon

Policy Discussion: Mobile Phones, Financing and Banking (including the effect on monetary policy)

 

Chair: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, UC Los Angeles and NBER

 

Discussant: ISAAC MBITI, Southern Methodist University  SLIDES

 

Discussant: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER  SLIDES

 

 

1:10 pm

Adjourn

 

 

1:15 pm

Lunch on site at Bank of Tanzania-Zanzibar Branch

 

 

2:15 pm

Transportation to airport (15 min. south)

 

 

OR

 

 

 

Optional sightseeing to Stone Town or the Kizimbani Agricultural Research Station

 

 

 

 

 

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 8/3/11