Yale Conference on Political Economy and Development

Friday, October 30th, and Saturday, 31st, 2015

Organizers: Mushfiq Mobarak and Nancy Qian

Conference Program

Presentations are 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute discussion, a 15 minute Q&A, and a 15 minute break for further conversations.

Location: Yale School of Management, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Friday October 30, 2015
Room 2430 (Note: conference will be in a different room on Saturday)

12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch is served) “Resource Transfers to West Bengal Local Governments: Evidence of Political Manipulation and Effects on Voting Patterns” Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University), Pranab Bardhan (UC Berkeley), Sandip Mitra (ISI Kolkata) and Anusha Nath (University of Minnesota)
Discussant: Claudio Ferraz, PUC-Rio

1:15pm-2:15pm “Does Development Aid Undermine Political Accountability?” Raymond Guiteras (University of Maryland) and Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University)

Discussant: Dan Keniston, Yale University

2:30pm-3:30pm “An Empirical Investigation of the Legacies of Non-Democratic Regimes: The Case of Suharto’s Mayors in Indonesia” Monica Martinez-Bravo (CEMFI) and Priya Mukherjee (College of William and Mary)

Discussant: Nick Ryan, Yale University3:45pm-4:45pm

“Insufficiency and Self-determination: Counterfactual Evidence for Meiji Japan” Eric Weese (Yale University)

Discussant: Noam Yuchtman, UC Berkeley

5:00pm-6:00pm “Individual vs. Social Motives in Identity Choice: Theory and Evidence from China” Ruixue Jia (UCSD) and Torsten Persson (Stockholm University)

Discussant: Alessandra Voena, University of Chicago

7:00pm Dinner at Union League (Officially registered participants)

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Location: Yale School of Management, Room 2200 (Note change in room) 

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am “Can E-Governance Reduce Capture of Public Programs? Experimental Evidence from a Financial Reform of India’s Employment Guarantee”, Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) Esther Duflo (MIT) Clement Imbert (University of Warwick) Santhosh Mathew (IDS) and Rohini Pande (Harvard Kennedy School) 

Discussant: Jose Espin-Sanchez, Yale University

10:15am-11:15am “Highway to Hitler” Nico Voigtlaender (UCLA) and Joachim Voth (University of Zurich)

Discussant: Melissa Dell, Harvard University

11:30am-12:30pm “The Long-run Effects of Climate Change on Conflict, 1400-1900” Murat Iyigun, Nathan Nunn and Nancy Qian.

Discussant: Joachim Voth

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

Introduction to the new AidData center.

1:30pm-2:00pm Ariel BenYishay (College of William & Mary, Chief Economist of AidData)

2:00pm-3:00pm “Bride Price and Female Education” Nava Ashraf (Harvard Business School), Nathan Nunn (Harvard University), Alessandra Voena (University of Chicago)

Discussant: Raquel Fernandez, NYU

3:15pm-4:15pm “Insiders and Outsiders: Local Ethnic Politics and Public Good Provision” Kaivan Munshi (Cambridge University) and Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University)

Discussant: Debraj Ray, NYU

4:30pm-5:30pm “Identifying Ideology: Experimental Evidence on Anti-Americanism in Pakistan” Leo Burzstyn (UCLA)

Discussant: Suresh Naidu, Columbia University

This conference is sponsored by the Yale Leitner Center for Political Economy and the Yale Economic Growth Center and an outcome of the support of Alex Debs, Mark Rosenzweig, Ebonya Washington and the Yale development group.