Twenty-Ninth BREAD Conference

29th BREAD Conference on Development Economics

8-9 May, 2015

Columbia University

International Affairs Building (IAB), Room 1501

420 W. 118th St., New York NY


Conference Program

Friday 8 May


Registration desk opens at 8:30 am

8:30-9:30 am: Continental Breakfast
                IAB 15th floor lobby


9:30 am - 12:00 pm : BREAD Board Meeting

                IAB 1512


9:30 am-12:30 pm: Pre-Conference Session
                IAB 1501


                Thomas Vogl

                Intergenerational Dynamics and the Fertility Transition


                Cynthia Kinnan, Shing-Yi Wang, Yongxiang Wang

                Migration and Remaining Households


                Break (11:10-11:40am)


                Emily Breza, Supreet Kaur, Yogita Shamdasani

                The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality



12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

                IAB 15th floor lobby

1:30-3:30 pm: Conference Session I: Firms and Workers

                IAB 1501

Achyuta Adhvaryu, Namrata Kala, and Anant Nyshadham

Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity: Evidence from Air Pollution Exposure in an Indian Garment Factory


Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon

More Sweatshops for Africa? A Randomized Trial of Industrial Jobs and Self-Employment


3:30-4:00 pm Coffee
                IAB 15th floor lobby


4:00-6:00 pm Conference Session 2: Monitoring and Motivating Public Servants
                IAB 1501

Anusha Nath

Bureaucrats and Politicians: How Does Electoral Competition Affect Bureaucratic Performance?


Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, Aakash Mohpal and Karthik Muralidharan

Quality and Accountability in Healthcare Delivery:  Audit Evidence from Primary Care Providers in India


6:30 pm Dinner, The Park 112, 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd (betw. 112th & 113th). By invitation.

Saturday 9 May

8:30-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

                IAB 15th floor lobby

9:00-10:00 am Conference Session 3: Decentralized Monitoring and Enforcement

                IAB 1501


Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin Olken and Sudarno Sumarto

The Power of Transparency: Information, Identification Cards, and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia

10:00-10:30 am Coffee

                IAB 15th floor lobby

10:30 am-11:30 pm Conference Session 3: Decentralized Monitoring and Enforcement (cont.)

                IAB 1501

Joana Naritomi

Consumers as Tax Auditors


11:30 am-12:30 pm Conference Session 4: Regulation


Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan

The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India



12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

                IAB 15th floor lobby



We would like to thank the Hewlett Foundation, and (from Columbia University) the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Program for Economic Research, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and the Center for Development Economics and Policy for their generous support.





The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) is pleased to announce the 29th BREAD Conference on Development Economics.  The conference will be held at Columbia University, New York City, New York, on 8-9 May 2015.


You are invited to submit your research for presentation at the conference. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on 27 February 2015. 

We are very grateful to Cristian Pop-Eleches, Raymond Fisman, Eric Verhoogen, and Miguel Urquiola, 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

Scientific committee members click here