Forty-First Conference

BREAD Virtual Conference on Development Economics

May 6, 7, and 8, 2021

Hosted by New York University’s Development Research Institute

Co-sponsored by New York University’s C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics

Scientific committee: Siwan Anderson (UBC), Rajeev Dehejia (NYU, Chair), Oeindrila Dube (Chicago), Rohini Pande (Yale), Debraj Ray (NYU), Martin Rotemberg (NYU) and Maria Micaela
Sviatschi (Princeton).

In conjunction with the conference, NYU DRI also hosted “Directions in Development: A Conversation”, a discussion of development questions and directions for new research in the area, with Abhijit Banerjee, Pinelopi Goldberg, Eliana La Ferrara, and Christopher Udry in conversation with Debraj Ray.

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Thursday, 6 May 2021: Day 1

Chairs: Martin Rotemberg and Maria Micaela Sviatschi

10:30am – 12:10pm Session 1

  • Erika Deserranno, Stefano Cario, Philipp Kastrau, Gianmarco Leon-Ciliotta; Financial Incentives in Multi-layered Organizations: An Experiment in the Public Sector

  • Diana Moreira; Santiago Pérez; Civil Service Reform and Organizational Practices: Evidence from the Pendleton Act

  • Sangyoon Park; Zhaoneng Yuan; Hongsong Zhang; Technology Training, Buyer-Supplier Linkage, and Quality Upgrading in an Agricultural Supply Chain

  • Wendy Wong; Optimal Monitoring and Bureaucrat Adjustments

12:10pm -1:10pm: BREAK

1:10pm – 2:30pm Session 2

  • Francesco Agostinelli, Ciro Avitabile, Matteo Bobba; Enhancing Human Capital at Scale

  • Julieta Caunedo; Namrata Kala; Haimeng Zhang; Economies of Density and Congestion in Capital Rental Markets

  • Michael Olabisi; Alexander Persaud; Are the Poor Missing Out on Bulk Discounts for Food? Evidence from Tanzania

2:40pm – 3:40pm Session 3

  • Teresa Molina; Joaquim Vidiella-Martin; Conditional Cash Transfers and Labor Market Conditions

  • Onur Altindag; Stephen D. O’Connell; Unconditional cash-based assistance to the poor: What do at-scale programs achieve?

  • Arlen Guarin; Juliana Londoño-Vélez; Christian Posso; Reparations as Development: Evidence from the Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict

Friday, 7 May 2021: Day 2

10:30am – 11:30am Session 1 Chair: Rohini Pande

Shaoda Wang; David Y. Yang; The Political Economy of Policy Experimentations in China

11:30am – 12:30pm Session 2 Chair: Martin Rotemberg

Simon Franklin; Clement Imbert; Girum Abebe; Carolina Mejia-Mantilla Urban Public Works in Spatial Equilibrium: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia

12:30pm – 1:30pm BREAK

1:30pm – 2:30pm Session 3 Chair: Maria Micela Sviatschi

Abhijit Banerjee; Rema Hanna; Benjamin A. Olken; Elan Satriawan; Sudarno Sumarto; Food vs. Food Stamps: Evidence from an At-Scale Experiment in Indonesia

Saturday, 8 May 2021: Day 3

10:30am – 11:30am Session 1 Chair: Debraj Ray

Achyuta Adhvaryu; Jean-Francois Gauthier; Anant Nyshadham; Jorge Tamayo; Absenteeism, Productivity, and Relational Contracts Inside the Firm

11:30am – 12:30pm Session 2 Chair: Siwan Anderson

Zach Y. Brown; Eduardo Montero; Carlos Schmidt-Padilla; Maria Micaela Sviatschi; Market Structure and Extortion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments

12:30pm – 1:30pm BREAK

1:30pm – 2:30pm Session 3 Chair: Jonathan Morduch

Nina Buchmann; Pascaline Dupas; Roberta Ziparo; Investment Decisions with Endogenous Budget Share Allocations Inside the Household