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BREAD Conference


NBER Development Program and 26th BREAD Conference on Development Economics

11-12 October, 2013

Cambridge, MA

Conference Program
(click here for program in pdf format)

Friday 11 October
Parkview Room, Royal Sonesta Hotel

     8:30-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

     9:00 am-12 noon: NBER FRF and BREAD Affiliate Work in Progress
               Co-chairs: Shawn Cole and Dave Donaldson

          9.00-9.40 am:
               Sandip Sukhtankar
                    "Payment Infrastructure and the Performance of Public Programs: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India" (joint with Karthik Muralidharan and Paul Niehaus).

          9:40-10:20 am:
               Daniel Paravisini
                    "Financial Naiveté and Credit Constraints: Randomized Evidence from Small Businesses in the U.K." (joint with Adair Morse)

          10:20-10:40 am: Coffee

          10:40-11:20 am:
               Karthik Muralidharan
                    "Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India" (joint with Nishith Prakash)

          11:20-12:00 noon:
               Rocco Macchiavello
                    "Misallocation of managerial capital and productivity: evidence from Bangladeshi RMG factories" (joint with Chris Woodruff and Andreas Menzel)

     12.00-1.00 pm: Lunch

     1:00 -3:30 pm: Conference Session 1: Decision-making
               Chair: Duncan Thomas

          Mark Rosenzweig and Chris Udry
               Forecasting Profitability

          Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir and Jiaying Zhao
               Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

     3:30-4.00 pm Coffee

     4:00-6:30 pm Conference Session 2: School choice
               Chair: Pascaline Dupas

          Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman
               The Aggregate Effects of School Choice: Evidence from a two-stage experiment in India

          Pedro Carneiro, Jishnu Das and Hugo Reis
               Parental Valuation of School Attributes in Developing Countries: Evidence from Pakistan

     7:30 pm Dinner (Legal Sea Foods, Kendall Square)

Saturday 12 October
Parkview Room, Royal Sonesta Hotel

     8:00-8:30 am: Continental Breakfast

     8:30-11:00 am: Conference Session 3: Credit and work
               Chair: Sebastian Galiani

          Arthur Blouin and Rocco Macchiavello
               Tropical Lending: International Prices, Strategic Default and Credit Constraints among Coffee Washing Stations

          Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
               Generating skilled self-employment in developing countries: Experimental evidence from Uganda

     11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch

     12:30-3:00pm: Conference Session 4: Political economy
               Chair: Fred Finan

          Imran Rasul and Daniel Rogger
               Management of Bureaucrats and Public Services Delivery: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil Service

          Daron Acemoglu, Camilo Garcia-Jimeno and James A. Robinson
               State Capacity and Economic Development: A Network Approach

Conference participation is limited to paper authors, members of BREAD and members of the NBER Development Program.


Second Joint NBER/BREAD Conference on Economic Development
Cambridge, MA, 11-12 October 2013

The National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER) Development Economics Program and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) are pleased to announce the Second Joint NBER/BREAD Conference on Economic Development. The conference, hosted by the NBER, will be held in Cambridge, MA, on 11-12 October 2013.

You are invited to submit your research for presentation at the conference. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on 4 August 2013. Please submit completed papers at:

We are very grateful to Pascaline Dupas, Fred Finan and Sebastian Galiani who have graciously agreed to serve on the scientific committee and select the papers for the program. All papers presented at the conference will be selected through this open submissions 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. Reasonable travel and hotel expenses will be covered for one author per paper that is presented in the conference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email