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SI 2015 Productivity, Development & Entrepreneurship

Chang-Tai Hsieh, Christopher Woodruff, and Nicholas Bloom, Organizers

July 15, 2015

Charles Suite
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA



Tuesday, July 14

5:15 pm

Reception at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (Grand Ballroom B)

Wednesday, July 15

8:30 am

Coffee and pastries

9:00 am

Gharad T. Bryan, London School of Economics
Melanie Morten, Stanford University and NBER
Economic Development and the Spatial Allocation of Labor: Evidence from Indonesia

Discussant: Stephen J. Redding, Princeton University and NBER

9:45 am

Chris Blattman, Columbia University and NBER
Stefan Dercon, Oxford University
More Sweatshops for Africa? A Randomized Trial of Industrial Jobs and Self-employment

Discussant: Antoinette Schoar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

10:30 am


11:00 am

Jamie L. McCasland, UC Berkeley
Morgan L. Hardy, Brown University
Are Small Firms Labor Constrained? Experimental Evidence from Ghana

Discussant: Costas Meghir, Yale University and NBER

11:45 am

Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Emily L. Breza, Columbia Business School
Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Cynthia Kinnan, Northwestern University and NBER
Do Credit Constraints Limit Entrepreneurship? Heterogeneity in the Returns to Microfinance

Discussant: Michael Peters, Yale University and NBER

12:30 pm


Afternoon session is joint with Innovation

1:30 pm

Achyuta Adhvaryu, University of Michigan
Namrata Kala, Yale University
Anant Nyshadham, University of Southern California
Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity: Evidence from Air Pollution Exposure in an Indian Garment Factory

Discussant: Hunt Allcott, New York University and NBER

2:15 pm

Benjamin Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School
Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Diversity and Team Performance in a Kenyan Organization

Discussant: Raymond Fisman, Columbia University and NBER

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Alexander M. Bell
Raj Chetty, Harvard University and NBER
Xavier L. Jaravel, Harvard University
Neviana Petkova, U.S. Department of the Treasury
John Van Reenen, London School of Economics and NBER
The Lifecycle of Inventors

Discussant: Scott Stern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

4:00 pm


6:00 pm

Clambake – Royal Sonesta Hotel