Thirteenth BREAD Conference

Sponsored by: William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics at Brown University

Conference location: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Conference Program

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Session 1: Marriage

2:00–3:15 pm Attila Ambrus (Harvard University), Erica Field (Harvard University), and Maximo Torero (International Food Policy Research Institute)
"Muslim Family Law, Prenuptial Agreements and the Emergence of Dowry in Bangladesh"


3:15–4:30 pm Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Esther Duflo (MIT), Maitreesh Ghatak (LSE), and Jeanne LaFortune (MIT)
"Marry for What? Caste and Mate Selection in Modern India"


4:30–5:00 pm Break


Session 2: Health

5:00–6:15 pm Siwan Anderson (University of British Columbia) and Debraj Ray (New York Unversity)
"Missing Women: Age and Disease"

Lunch will be available at 12 noon on Thursday following a Pre-conference for presentation of work in progress. There will be a conference dinner on Thursday evening.


Friday, May 2, 2008


Session 3: Prices

9:00–10:15 am Jenny Aker (University of California - Berkeley)
"Does Digital Divide or Provide? The Impact of Cell Phones on Grain Markets in Niger"


10:15–11:30 am Maurice Kugler (Harvard University) and Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University)
"Product Quality at the Plant Level: Plant Size, Exports, Output Prices and Input Prices in Colombia"


11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch


Session 4: Public


12:30 pm–1:45 pm Lakshmi Iyer (Harvard Business School) and Anandi Mani (University of Warwick)
"Traveling Agents: Political Change and Bureaucratic Turnover in India"


1:45 pm–2:15 pm Break


2:15 pm–3:30 pm Joseph Kaboski (Ohio State University) and Robert Townsend (University of Chicago)
"Testing a Structural Model of Credit Constraints Using a Large Scale Quasi-Experimental Microfinance Initiative"

Call for Papers

The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) is pleased to announce the 13th BREAD conference will be hosted by Brown University on Thursday May 1 - Friday May 2, 2008.

You are invited to submit a paper for the conference. Please submit your papers via e-mail with your paper as an attachment to The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2008.

All papers presented at the conference will be selected through this open submissions process. Please note that we will have time for only a very small number of presentations. The conference lasts about a day and a half, there are no parallel sessions, and we must allow ample time for discussion of the research. The program will be chosen by Andrew Foster, Kaivan Munshi and Mark Pitt.

For all enquiries about registration, travel and accommodation, please send email to Christine at

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