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ABCDE 2012: Call for Papers

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world's best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on May 7–8, 2012, at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be "Accountability and Transparency for Development".

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways the links between accountability, transparency, and development. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Possible topics include the implications of accountability and transparency for:

  • Public sector management and service delivery
  • Political processes and outcomes
  • Aid effectiveness
  • Management of natural resources
  • Stability and inclusion in the financial sector
  • Firm performance and firm dynamics

Also of interest are means that can be used to effectively expand accountability and transparency, including the media and the internet, data collection and dissemination, and mandated versus voluntary disclosure of information. Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome.

Those interested should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal by January 6, 2012 (email The proposal should include the title of the paper, author(s), affiliation, and contact information, and should address the main question(s) to be examined, relevant literature, unique contribution to the literature, and methodology to be employed. Authors of selected papers will be invited, though not required, to submit their papers for a special issue of the World Bank Economic Review.

The Organizing Committee will evaluate all proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted by January 27, 2012. A work-in-progress draft will be required by February 29, 2012.

For authors of selected papers, travel and accommodation expenses for the conference will be covered. Additional information on the overall conference program will be posted on this website over the coming months.

Organizing Committee: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt (World Bank), Claudio Ferraz (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro), and Frederico Finan (University of California, Berkeley).

Conference Coordinator: Leita Jones (

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