Thirty-Fifth BREAD Conference

Sponsored by: Columbia University

35th BREAD Conference on Development Economics

11-12 May, 2018

Columbia University

International Affairs Building (IAB), Room 1501

420 W. 118th St., New York NY


Friday 11 May


Registration desk opens at 8:30 am


8:30-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, IAB 15th floor lobby


9:00 am-12:00 pm: BREAD Board Meeting, IAB 1512


9:00 am-12:00 pm: Pre-Conference Session, IAB 1501


12:00-1.00 pm: Lunch, IAB 15th floor lobby


1:00-3:00 pm: Conference Session I, IAB 1501


Abhijit Banerjee, Eliana La Ferrara, Victor Orozco

The Entertaining Way to Behavioral Change: Fighting HIV with MTV


Maria Paula Gerardino, Stephan Litschig, Dina Pomeranz

Can Audits Backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile


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


3:30-5:30 pm Conference Session 2: Social Ties & Networks, IAB 1501


Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Erika Deserranno, Ricardo Morel, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman

Social Ties, Identity and the Delivery of Public Services


Mohammad Akbarpour, Suraj Malladi, Amin Saberi

Diffusion, Seeding, and the Value of Network Information


6:15 pm Dinner, Vinateria, 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd (betw. 119th & 120th). By invitation.


Saturday 12 May


8:30-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, IAB 15th floor lobby


9:00-10:00 am Conference Session 3, IAB 1501


Sara G. Castellanos, Diego Jiménez-Hernández, Aprajit Mahajan, Enrique Seira

Financial Inclusion and Contract Terms: Experimental Evidence from Mexico


10:00-10:30 am Coffee, IAB 15th floor lobby


10:30 am-12:30 pm Conference Session 4: Infrastructure, IAB 1501


Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan

Eliminating Uncertainty in Market Access: The Impact of New Bridges in Rural Nicaragua


Kenneth Lee, Edward Miguel, Catherine Wolfram

Experimental Evidence on the Economics of Rural Electrification


12:30-1:30 pm Lunch, IAB 15th floor lobby



Generous support has been provided by the Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, the Program for Economic Research (PER), and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University.







35th BREAD Conference on Development Economics

Columbia University,New York

 May 11 – May 12, 2018


The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) is pleased to announce that the 35th BREAD Conference on Development Economics will be hosted by Columbia University in New York, Friday May 11 – Saturday May 12, 2018.


We invite submissions from interested researchers on any topic within the area of Development Economics. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018. Only full-length papers will be considered. Please send your paper to

All papers presented at the conference will be selected through this open submissions process. Please note that there will be time for only a small number of presentations. The conference lasts about a day and a half; there are no parallel sessions.

The Scientific Organizers of the Conference are: Amit Khandelwal (Columbia Business School), Rohini Pande (Harvard Kennedy School), Cristian Pop-Eleches (Columbia University), Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University) and Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University).

If you have any questions, please contact

Scientific committee members click here