Eighteenth BREAD Conference

NBER/BREAD Conference on Economic Development

Cambridge, Massachusetts

     NBER and Hewlett Foundation

     This is the eighteenth BREAD conference which is being hosted by the National Bureau of
     Economic Research (NBER) as part of the NBER University Research Conference series. The
     conference is partially supported by a grant to BREAD from the Hewlett Foundation.

Scientific committee:
     Professors Ted Miguel (Berkeley) and Rohini Pande (Harvard)

Conference location:
     Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambidge, Mass

Preliminary Conference Program

Friday, September 24, 2010


          8:30-9:00 am
               Continental breakfast

          9.00-10:30 am

               Work in progress presented by affiliates

          10:45-12.15 pm

               Roundtable on emerging research questions in population, poverty and policy

                    This roundtable is intended to be an informal forum to discuss areas of inquiry
                    that are likely to have an impact on scientific understanding of population
                    processes, poverty and health and contribute to the design, implementation and
                    evaluation of policy. The speakers will be

                         Esther Duflo (MIT) - Gender equality and developmment
                         Michael Kremer (Harvard) - Education and behavior of adolescents
                         Nava Ashraf (Harvard) - Fertility and fertility regulation

                    In addition, Tom Merrick and Rachel Nugent (Center for Globalization and
                    Development) will discuss the Hewlett Foundation's investments in this

     BREAD Conference Day 1

          12.15-1 pm

          1:00-2:15 pm
               Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), Benn Eifert (UC Berkeley), Aprajit Mahajan
               (Stanford University), David McKenzie (World Bank) and John Roberts (Stanford GSB)
               Does Management Matter? Evidence from India

          2:15-3.30 pm
               Todd Schoellman (Arizona State University)
               Measuring and Accounting for Cross-Country Differences in Education Quality

          4-5:15 pm
               Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Esther Duflo (MIT), Rachel Glennerster (MIT and JPAL) and
               Cynthia Kinnan (Northwestern)
               The Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation

          5:15-6:30 pm
               Hongbin Cai (Peking University), Yuyu Chen (Peking Univeristy), Hanming Fang
               (University of Pennsylvania) and Li-An Zhou (Peking University)
               Microinsurance, Trust and Economic Development: Evidence from a Natural Randomized
               Field Experiment

          7:00 pm
               Dinner, Parkview Room, Royal Sonesta Hotel

Saturday, September 25, 2010

     BREAD Conference Day 2

          8:00-8:30 am
               Continental breakfast

          8.30-9.45 am
               Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (UC-Berkeley) and Climent Quintana-Domeque (University of
               Roads to Development: Experimental Evidence from Urban Road Pavement

          10:00-11:15 am
               Matthias Doepke (Northwestern University) and Michele Tertilt (Stanford University)
               Does Female Empowerment Promote Economic Development?

          11.15-12.30 pm
               Erica Field (Harvard), Nava Ashraf (Harvard Business School) and Jean Lee (Harvard)
               Household Bargaining and Excess Fertility: An Experimental Study in Zambia

CALL FOR PAPERS: NBER/BREAD CONFERENCE, NBER, Cambridge, Mass, 24-25 September 2010

On September 24 and 25, 2010, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), in conjunction with the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), will host an NBER Universities Research Conference on the theme of "Economic Developme

You are invited to submit a paper for the conference. The deadline for submissions is 12 July, 2010.
Please submit your papers at :

The scientific committee for this conference is Ted Miguel (Berkeley, BREAD and NBER) and Rohini Pande (Harvard, BREAD and NBER).

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,

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Scientific committee members click here