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BREAD Conference


Joint BREAD/Minneapolis Fed Conference on Finance and Development

Minneapolis Fed, October 5-6, 2012

Sponsored by: The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and Hewlett Foundation.

Conference location: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Conference Program

Friday, October 5th

     2:00-2:10 p.m.
               Welcoming remarks

     2:10-3:25 p.m.
               A. Mushfiq Mobarak and Mark Rosenzweig
                    Selling Formal Insurance to the Informally

     3:25-4:40 p.m.
               Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Cynthia Kinnan, and Horacio
                    Informal Insurance, Social Networks, and
                    Savings Access: Evidence from a Framed Field

     4:40-5:10 p.m.
          coffee break

     5:10-6:25 p.m.
               Jing Cai
                    Social Networks and the Decision to Insure:
                    Evidence from Randomized Experiments in China

     6:30 p.m.
          conference dinner

Saturday, October 6th

     8:00-8:30 a.m.
          continental breakfast

     8:30-9:45 a.m.
               Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee,
               Alberto Motta and Sujata Visaria
                    Intermediated Loans: A New Approach to

     9:45-11:00 a.m.
               Christian Ahlin and Brian Waters
                    Dynamic lending under adverse selection with
                    limited borrower commitment: Can it outperform
                    group lending?

     11:00-11:15 a.m.
          coffee break

     11:15-12:30 p.m.
               Brian Greaney, Joseph P. Kaboski, and Eva Van
                    Can You Teach a Person to Fish? Evidence From
                    a Microfinance Privatisation Experiment

     12:30-1:30 p.m.

     1:30-2:45 p.m.
               Anant Nyshadham
                    Learning about Comparative Advantage in
                    Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Thailand

     2:45-4:00 p.m.
               Samuel Bazzi
                    Wealth Heterogeneity, Income Shocks, and
                    International Migration: Theory and Evidence
                    from Indonesia

CALL FOR PAPERS: joint BREAD-MINNEAPOLIS FED CONFERENCE on Finance and Development, October 5-6 2012

The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Minneapolis Fed are pleased to announce a joint conference on Finance and Development, to be hosted by the Minneapolis Fed on October 5-6, 2012.
You are invited to submit a paper for the conference. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2012. Submissions are encouraged on all topics related to finance and development, broadly defined.
Please submit your papers at :

The scientific committee for this conference comprises Francisco Buera, Chiang-Tai Hsieh, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl and Robert Townsend. All papers presented at the conference will be selected through this open submission process. Please note that there will be time for only a very small number of presentations. The conference lasts about a day and a half, there are no parallel sessions, and ample time is allowed for discussion of the research during the presentations. Travel and hotel expenses will be covered for one author per paper presented in the conference.

The program will be announced around July 15.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email