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Keynote 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)
Speaker: Hernando de Soto (Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru)

Keynote Address 2: Transparency and Accountability:  Interpreting the Evidence

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

Donload: Presentation by Timothy Besley

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
Speakers: Hui Tong (IMF) and Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University, US)
Discussant: Caroline Freund (World Bank)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Hui Tong | Presentation by Caroline Freund

Understanding the Incentives of Commissions Motivated Agents: Theory and Evidence from the Indian Life Insurance Market
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Santosh Anagol | Presentation by Xavier Giné

Why Do Firms Evade Taxes? The Role of Information Sharing and Financial Sector Outreach
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Thorsten Beck | Presentation by Vojislav Maksimovic

The Politics of Deforestation and Electricity Theft

Chair: Michael Toman (Research Manager, Development Economics, World Bank)

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

Download: Paper and Presentation by Ameet Morjaria | Presentation by Fernando Aragon

The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Robin Burgess | Presentation by Monica Martinez-Bravo

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

Download: Paper and Presentation by Miriam Golden | Presentation by Philip Keefer

Democracy and Community Participation: Implications for School Quality and Governance

Chair: Elizabeth King (Sector Director, Education, Human Development Network)

Improving Educational Quality Through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Ameet Morjaria | Presentation by Harry Patrinos

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

Download: Paper and Presentation by David Stasavage | Presentation by Harry Patrinos

Does Local Democracy Improve Local Governance? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Andrew Beath | Presentation by Aart Kraay

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
Speakers: Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University, US) and Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford University, US)
Discussant: Razvan Vlaicu (University of Maryland, US)

Donload: Paper and Presentation by Jeremy Weinstein | Presentation by Razvan Vlaicu

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

Donload: Paper and Presentation by Rikhil R. Bhavnani | Presentation by Raymond Fisman

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

Donload: Paper and Presentation by Claudio Ferraz | Presentation by Thomas Fujiwara

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
Speakers: 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)

Download: Paper and Presentation by Monica Yanez-Pagans | Presentation by Miriam Bruhn

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

Download: Paper and Presentation by Stuti Khemani | Presentation by Timothy Besley

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

Download: Paper and Presentation by Jessica Gottlieb | Presentation by Stuti Khemani

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