Fifteenth BREAD Conference

Fifteenth BREAD Conference on Development Economics

Duke University, April 24-25, 2009

Sponsored by: Duke University Department of Economics, Micro Incentives Research Center
and Social Science Research Institute

Conference location: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Conference Program

Friday, April 24, 2009

               Board Meeting

               Pre-conference on Work in Progress by Junior Affiliates

     12.00-1.00 : Lunch

     BREAD Conference Session 1

          1:00-2:15 pm
               Kaivan Munshi (Brown University and NBER) and Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University)
               The Efficacy of Parochial Politics: Caste, Commitment, and Competence in Indian Local

          2:15-3:30 pm
               Ethan Ligon (University of California, Berkeley) and Laura Schechter (University of
               The Value of Social Networks in Rural Paraguay

          4:00-5:15 pm
               Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College),Jishnu Das (World Bank) and Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Harvard
               Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test-scores on Educational

          5:15-6:30 pm
               David Atkin (Princeton University)
               Endogenous Skill Acquisition and Export Manufacturing in Mexico

     Conference dinner

Saturday, April 25, 2009

     BREAD Conference Session 2

          8:00-9:15 am
               Quy-Toan Do (World Bank) and Tung Duc Phung (General Statistics Office)
               The Importance of Being Wanted

          9:15-10:30 am
               Paul Niehaus (Harvard University) and Sandip Sukhtankar (Harvard University)
               Corruption Dynamics: The Golden Goose Effect

          11:00 am -12:15 pm
               Kaushik Basu (Cornell University)
               The Mechanics of Central Bank Intervention in Foreign Exchange Markets

          12:15-1:30 pm
               Pascaline Dupas (University of California, Los Angeles and NBER) and Jonathan
               Robinson (University of California, Santa Cruz)
               Savings Constraints and Microenterprise Development: Evidence from a Field Experiment
               in Kenya

     1:30 pm Lunch

Call for Papers

The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) is pleased to announce the 15th BREAD conference will be hosted by Duke University on Friday April 24 - Saturday April 25, 2009. You are invited to submit a paper for the conference. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2009. Please submit your papers by sending an email to

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 allow ample time for discussion of the research. The program will be chosen by Alessandro Tarozzi and Duncan Thomas. For all enquiries, please send email to

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