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What is ABCDE?

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is the world's best-known conference for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development economics. The conference aims at promoting the exchange of ideas among researchers, policymakers, and students interested in development issues.

The first ABCDE was held in Washington, D.C., in 1988 and since then it has taken place once a year with the exception of the years 2004–2007 when a regional ABCDE conference was also held in the same year as the global ABCDE. The ABCDE is frequently organized jointly by the Bank and a host country, and usually attracts around 500 participants including academics, government officials, representatives from international financial institutions, and students.

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