SI 2020 Development Economics

Christopher Blattman, Shawn Cole, Dave Donaldson, Kelsey Jack, Seema Jayachandran, Paul Niehaus, and Alessandra Voena, Organizers

July 20-21, 2020


on Zoom.us

Times are eastern daylight time

Conference Code of Conduct

Monday, July 20
12:30 pm
Jørgen Juel Andersen, Norwegian School of Management
Niels Johannesen, University of Copenhagen
Bob Rijkers, The World Bank

Elite Capture of Foreign Aid: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts
Discussant: Eric Werker, Simon Fraser University
1:25 pm
Break
1:35 pm
Suanna Oh, Paris School of Economics

Does Identity Affect Labor Supply? (slides)
Discussant: Matt Lowe, University of British Columbia (slides)
2:30 pm
Break
3:00 pm
Natalie Bau, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER
Adrien Matray, Princeton University

Misallocation and Capital Market Integration: Evidence From India
Discussant: Peter J. Klenow, Stanford University and NBER
3:55 pm
Break
4:00 pm
Short presentations on COVID-19 research
Radhika Jain, Stanford University
Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University and NBER

The Effects of India’s COVID-19 Lockdown on Non-COVID Health Care-seeking, Morbidity, and Mortality
Saravana Ravindran, University of California at Los Angeles
Manisha Shah, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER

Unintended Consequences of Lockdowns: COVID-19 and the Shadow Pandemic
Marcella Alsan, Harvard University and NBER
Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Emily Breza, Harvard University and NBER
Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Stanford University and NBER
Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Yale University
Benjamin A. Olken, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

Messages on COVID-19 Prevention in India Increased Symptoms Reporting and Adherence to Preventive Behaviors Among 25 Million Recipients with Similar Effects on Non-recipient Members of Their Communities
Nicolás Ajzenman, Sao Paulo School of Economics
Tiago V. Cavalcanti, University of Cambridge
Daniel da Mata, Sao Paulo School of Economics

More Than Words: Leaders’ Speech and Risky Behavior during a Pandemic
Yuan Tian, University of Nottingham
Maria Caballero, Carnegie Mellon University
Brian K. Kovak, Carnegie Mellon University and NBER

Social Learning Along International Migrant Networks
Marcella Alsan, Harvard University and NBER
Luca Braghieri, Stanford University
Sarah Eichmeyer, Stanford University
Joyce Kim, Harvard University
Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University and NBER
David Y. Yang, Harvard University and NBER

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis
Juliana Londoño-Vélez, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER
Pablo Querubín, New York University and NBER

The Impact of Emergency Cash Assistance in a Pandemic: Experimental Evidence from Colombia
Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Michael Faye, Give Directly
Paul Niehaus, University of California, San Diego and NBER
Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

Some Effects of Universal Basic Income During a Pandemic
Michael W. Walker, University of California at Berkeley
Dennis Egger, University of California at Berkeley
Johannes Haushofer, Princeton University and NBER
Edward Miguel, University of California, Berkeley and NBER

How Deep is the Covid-19 Recession, and Can Unconditional Cash Transfers Mitigate Its Effects? Evidence from Kenya
Igor Asanov, University of Kassel
Thomas Astebro, HEC Paris
Bruno Crepon, CREST
David McKenzie, The World Bank

Impacts of Personal Initiative and Negotiations Training on Remote-Learning, Time-Use, and Mental Health of Ecuadorian High-School Students during the COVID-19 Quarantine
Susan Athey, Stanford University and NBER
Arthur Baker, Harvard University
Juan Camilo Castillo, University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Glennerster, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Michael Kremer, Harvard University and NBER
Jean Lee, World Bank
Christopher Snyder, Dartmouth College and NBER
Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University
Brandon Joel Tan, Harvard University

COVID-19 Vaccine Investment Strategy for Developing Countries
5:00 pm
Adjourn
Tuesday, July 21
12:30 pm
Clare A. Balboni, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oriana Bandiera, London School of Economics
Robin Burgess, London School of Economics
Maitreesh Ghatak, London School of Economics
Johannes A. Heil, University of California at Berkeley

Why Do People Stay Poor? (slides)
Discussant: Joseph P. Kaboski, University of Notre Dame and NBER
1:25 pm
Break
1:35 pm
Anne Brockmeyer, World Bank
Manuel Alejandro Estefan Davila, University of Notre Dame
Karina Ramirez, Ministry of Finance, Mexico
Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato, Duke University and NBER

Taxing Property in Developing Countries: Theory and Evidence from Mexico (slides)
Discussant: Joana Naritomi, London School of Economics
2:30 pm
Break
3:00 pm
Cory B. Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Land Concentration and Long-Run Development in the Frontier United States
Discussant: Melissa Dell, Harvard University and NBER
3:55 pm
Break
4:05 pm
Samuel Bazzi, Boston University and NBER
Masyhur Hilmy, Boston University
Benjamin Marx, Sciences Po

Islam and the State: Religious Education in the Age of Mass Schooling
Discussant: Rema Hanna, Harvard University and NBER
5:00 pm
Adjourn
FORMAT: Each paper will have a 30 min presentation followed by 10 min discussant comments followed by 15 min Q&A.