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ABCDE 2012 Agenda

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Monday, May 7, 2012
08:00 – 09:00Registration and Breakfast
09:00 – 09:15Opening Address
Justin Yifu Lin (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Development Economics, World Bank)
09:15 – 10:15Keynote Address 1: Live, Dead, and Fictitious Capital
Chair: Asli Demirguc-Kunt (Director, Development Policy, Development Economics and Chief Economist, Financial and Private Sector Development Network, World Bank)
Hernando de Soto (Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru)
10:15 – 10:30Coffee
10:30 – 12:30

Session 1: Accountability and Transparency in the Financial Sector: Issues and Empirical Evidence
Chair: Augusto Lopez-Claros (Director, Global Indicators and Analysis, Financial and Private Sector Development, World Bank)

Does Trade Globalization Induce or Inhibit Corporate Transparency?. Unbundling the Growth Potential and Product Competition Channels
Hui Tong (IMF) and Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University, US)
Discussant: Caroline Freund (World Bank)

Understanding the Incentives of Commissions Motivated Agents: Theory and Evidence from the Indian Life Insurance Market
Santosh Anagol (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US), Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School, US) and Shayak Sarkar (Harvard University, US)
Discussant: Xavier Giné (World Bank)

Why Do Firms Evade Taxes? The Role of Information Sharing and Financial Sector Outreach
Thorsten Beck (Tilburg University, Netherlands), Chen Lin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China) and Yue Ma (Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR, China)
Discussant: Vojislav Maksimovic (University of Maryland, US)

12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:30

Session 2: The Politics of Deforestation and Electricity TheftChair : Michael Toman (Research Manager, Development Economics, World Bank)

Electoral Competition and Deforestation: Evidence from Kenya
Ameet Morjaria (Harvard University, US)
Discussant: Fernando Aragon (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics
Robin Burgess (London School of Economics, UK), Matthew Hansen (South Dakota State University, US), Ben Olken (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US), Peter Potapov (South Dakota State University, US), and Stefanie Sieber (World Bank)
Discussant: Monica Martinez-Bravo (John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, US)

Theft and Loss of Electricity in an Indian State
Miriam Golden (University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton University, US) and Brian Min (University of Michigan, US)
Discussant: Philip Keefer (World Bank)

15:30 – 15:45Coffee
15:45 – 17:45

Session 3: Democracy and Community Participation: Implications for School Quality and GovernanceChair: Elizabeth King (Sector Director, Education, Human Development Network)

Improving Educational Quality Through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia
Menno Pradhan (VU University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), Daniel Suryadarma (Autralian National University, Australia), Amanda Beatty (Private Consultant), Maisy Wong (University of Pennsylvania, US), Armida Alishjabana (Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia), Arya Gaduh (University of Southern California, US) and Rima Prama Artha (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan)
Discussant: Harry Patrinos (World Bank)

What Democracy Does (and Doesn't Do) for Basic Services: School Fees, School Inputs, and African Elections
Robin Harding (New York University, US) and David Stasavage (New York University, US)
Discussant: Deon Filmer (World Bank)

Does Local Democracy Improve Local Governance? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan
Andrew Beath (Harvard University and World Bank), Fotini Christia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US), and Ruben Enikopolov (New Economics School, US)
Discussant: Aart Kraay (World Bank)

tuesday, May 8, 2012
08:30 – 09:00Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Address 2: Transparency and Accountability: Interpreting the Evidence

Chair: Martin Ravallion (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank)
Timothy Besley (London School of Economics, UK)

10:00 – 10:15Coffee
10:15 – 12:15

Session 4: Political Accountability, Politicians’ Rents and Scorecards
Chair: Aart Kray (Lead Economist, Development Research Group. World Bank)

Policing Politicians: Citizen Empowerment and Political Accountability in Uganda
Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University, US) and Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford University, US)
Discussant: Razvan Vlaicu (University of Maryland, US)

Using Asset Disclosures to Study Politicians' Rents: An Application to India
Rikhil R. Bhavnani (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US)
Discussant: Raymond Fisman (Columbia University, US)

Motivating Politicians: The Impacts of Monetary Incentives on Quality and Performance
Claudio Ferraz (PUC Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Frederico Finan (University of California, Berkeley, US)
Discussant: Thomas Fujiwara (Princeton University, US)

12:15 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:30

Session 5: The Impact of Media and Information Technology on the Provision of Public Services
Chair: Linda Van Gelder (Director, Governance and Public Sector, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, World Bank)

Information Technologies and Provision of National Identification Cards by the Bolivian Police: Evidence from Two Randomized Natural Field Experiments
Monica Yanez-Pagans (World Bank and IZA), Alberto Chong (George Washington University, US), and Gustavo Machicado Salas (Institute of Advanced Development Studies, Bolivia)
Discussant: Miriam Bruhn (World Bank)

Do Informed Citizen's Receive More…or Pay More? The Impact of Radio on the Government Distribution of Public Health Benefits
Philip Keefer (World Bank) and Stuti Khemani (World Bank)
Discussant: Timothy Besley (London School of Economics, UK)

Can Information Raising Voter Expectations Improve Accountability? A Field Experiment in Mali
Jessica Gottlieb (Stanford University, US)
Discussant: Stuti Khemani (World Bank)

15:30 – 15:45Closing Remarks

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