Programm der Tagung 2017

Development Economics and Policy 2017

Annual International Conference of the Research Group on Development Economics

Location: University of Göttingen, 37073 Göttingen

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Tagungs- und Veranstaltungshaus Alte Mensa, Adam-von-Trott-Saal, Wilhelmsplatz 3

14:45 Registration and Coffee
16:00 Plenary Session with Keynote Address and General Discussion
Chair: Stephan Klasen
Macartan Humphreys, Columbia University
“Experimental Evidence on Political Accountability”
 17:00 Poster Session with Coffee


Conflict and Violence

  • Paper: Stijn van Weezel (University College Dublin). Communal Violence in the Horn of Africa Following the 1998 El Niño. Discussants: Eric Strobl (Aix-Marseille University), Philip Verwimp (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Paper: Nathan Woolley (Royal Holloway, University of London). Reporting Bias in Domestic and International Coverage of Conflict: Evidence from the Iraq War. Discussants: Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University), Susan Steiner (University of Hanover)
  • Paper: Catherine Mueller (Institute of Development Studies), Jean-Pierre Tranchant (Institute of Development Studies). Domestic Violence amidst Humanitarian Crises: Evidence from the 2014 Military Operation in Gaza. Discussants: Martin Gassebner (University of Hannover), Wolfgang Stojetz (Humboldt University and ISDC)

Foreign Aid

  • Paper: Julian Donaubauer (Helmut Schmidt University), Peter Nunnenkamp (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Dierk Herzer (Helmut Schmidt University). The Effectiveness of Aid under Post-Conflict Conditions: A Sector-specific Analysis. Discussants: Mark Gradstein (Ben Gurion University), Rajesh Ramachandran (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Paper: Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), Sarah Langlotz (Heidelberg University). Does Aid Help Refugees Stay? Does Aid Keep Refugees Away? Discussants: Toman Barsbai (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Rune Jansen Hagen (University of Bergen)
  • Paper: Gerda Asmus (Heidelberg University), Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Peter Nunnenkamp (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Is Targeted Aid More Effective? Sector-Specific Needs, the Composition of Aid and its Effects on Growth. Discussants: Erich Gundlach (University of Hamburg), Rainer Thiele (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
  • Paper: Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), Angelika Mueller (Heidelberg University). Aid Donors. Discussants: Anke Höffler (University of Oxford), Jon Rogowski (Harvard University)
  • Paper: Kai Gehring (University of Zurich), Lennart Kaplan (Heidelberg University/University of Göttingen), Melvin Wong (University of Hannover). Aid and Conflict at the Local Level – Mechanisms and Causality. Discussants: Thomas Andersen (University of Southern Denmark), Christoph Trebesch (LMU Munich)
  • Paper: Marine De Talancé (Université Paris-Dauphine), Marin Ferry (Université Paris-Dauphine), Miguel Nino-Zarazua (UNU-WIDER). Did Debt Relief Initiatives Help to Reach the MDGs? A Focus on Education. Discussants: Valentin Lang (Heidelberg University), Markus Ludwig (University of Bayreuth)

Education and Health

  • Paper: Krisztina Kis-Katos (University of Göttingen), Kerstin Unfried (University of Göttingen). Educational Attainment in the Neighborhood of Conflicts: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa Using Geo-Referenced Data. Discussants: Richard Bluhm (University of Hannover), Andreas Landmann (Paris School of Economics / J-PAL)
  • Paper: Rahul Lahoti (University of Göttingen), Soham Sahoo (University of Göttingen). Are Educated Leaders Good for Education? Evidence from India. Discussants: Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich), Gitanjali Sen (Shiv Nadar University)
  • Paper: Shampa Bhattacharjee (Shiv Nadar University), Aparajita Dasgupta (Ashoka University). Examining the Quality-Quantity Trade Off: Evidence from a Public Health Intervention in India. Discussants: Matthias Schündeln (University of Frankfurt), Sebastian Vollmer (University of Göttingen)
  • Paper: Jörg Langbein (RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research). Firewood, Smoke and Respiratory Diseases in Developing Countries – The Underestimated Role of the Cooking Location. Discussants: Souvik Datta (University of Glasgow), Matin Qaim (University of Göttingen)
  • Paper: Lutz Depenbusch (University of Göttingen), Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen). Putting Weight into The Equation: The Effect of Human Weight on Future Global Food Requirements. Discussants: Pierre André (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Katja Kaufmann (University of Mannheim)

Inequality and Poverty

  • Paper: Lisardo Erman (Osnabrück University), Daniel Marcel te Kaat (Osnabrück University). Inequality and Growth: Industry-Level Evidence. Discussants: Mariko Klasing (University of Groningen), Christian Leßmann (Technische Universität Braunschweig)
  • Paper: Marina Dodlova (University of Passau), Anna Giolbas (University of Göttingen, GIGA Hamburg), Jann Lay (University of Göttingen, GIGA Hamburg). Pro-poor or Political Targeting: An Analysis of Social Assistance in Developing Countries. Discussants: Patrizio Piraino (University of Cape Town), Michael Schleicher (Heidelberg University)
  • Paper: Dien H. Pham (University of Hannover), Sabine Liebenehm (University of Hannover), Hermann Waibel (University of Hannover). Experimentally Validated General Risk Attitude Among Different Ethnic Groups – The Case of Dak Lak, Vietnam. Discussants: Awudu Abdulai (University of Kiel), Alexander Danzer (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Paper: Atika Pasha (University of Göttingen). Impact of Cash Grants on Multidimensional Poverty in South Africa. Discussants: Dimri Aditi (University of Warwick), Miriam Manchin (University College London)

Savings, Expenditures, and Finance

  • Paper: Janina I. Steinert (University of Oxford), Juliane Zenker (University of Göttingen), Ute Filipiak (University of Göttingen), Ani Movsisyan (University of Oxford), Yulia Shenderovich (University of Cambridge), Lucie D. Cluver (University of Oxford). Do Saving Promotion Interventions Help Alleviate Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Discussants: David Chivers (University of Durham), Ulrike Grote (University of Hannover)
  • Paper: Kristina Czura (LMU Munich), Anett John (CREST Paris), Lisa Spantig (LMU Munich). Maintaining Repayment Discipline While Reducing Peer Pressure in Microfinance: Repayment Flexibility vs Social Insurance. Discussants: Sanjay Jain (University of Oxford), Li Yang (World Bank, Paris School of Economics)
  • Paper: Vincent Somville (NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics), Lore Vandewalle (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies). Access to Formal Banking and Household Finances: Experimental Evidence from India. Discussants: Amrit Amirapu (University of Kent), Jann Lay (University of Göttingen, GIGA Hamburg)
  • Paper: Antonia Grohmann (DIW Berlin), Theres Klühs (University of Hannover), Lukas Menkhoff (Humboldt-University Berlin, DIW Berlin). Does Financial Literacy Improve Financial Inclusion? Cross Country Evidence. Discussants: Ute Filipiak (University of Göttingen), Bruno Martorano (ETH Zurich)
  • Paper: Nadine Marmai (University of Turin). Weather shocks and mobile phones: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Design in Rural Tanzania. Discussants: Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen), Juliane Zenker (University of Göttingen)
  • Paper: Friederike Lenel (University of Göttingen). Choice Conditional Solidarity and Informal Exchange – Understanding Transfer Behavior in an Experiment Conducted in Cambodia. Discussants: Camille Boudot (University of Edinburgh), Dietmar Fehr (Heidelberg University)
  • Paper: Luciane Lenz (RWI – Leibniz Institut for Economic Research), Jörg Peters (RWI – Leibniz Institut for Economic Research), Michael Grimm (University of Passau), Maximiliane Sievert (RWI – Leibniz Institut for Economic Research). Demand for Off-grid Solar Electricity – Experimental Evidence from Rwanda. Discussants: Chiara Kofol (University of Bonn, ZEF), Ferdinand Rauch (University of Oxford)


  • Paper: André Gröger (Goethe University Frankfurt). Easy Come, Easy Go? Economic Shocks, Labor Migration and the Family Left Behind. Discussants: Hector Rufrancos (University of Sussex), Anisha Sharma (Ashoka University)
  • Paper: Barbora Sedova (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), Matthias Kalkuhl (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change). Environment and Migration Theory: Evidence on Rural-Urban Migration in India. Discussants: Tobias Stöhr (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Michele Valsecchi (University of Gothenburg)
  • Paper: Ana Lucia Abeliansky (University of Göttingen), Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso (University of Göttingen), Klaus Prettner (University of Hohenheim). How Does 3D Printing Affect Globalization? Discussants: Rolf Langhammer (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Christoph Moser (University of Salzburg)
  • Paper: Manoel Bittencourt (University of Pretoria), Matthew Clance (University of Pretoria), Yoseph Getachew (University of Pretoria). Trade Openness and Fertility Rates in Africa: Panel-Data Evidence. Discussants: Kai Gehring (University of Zurich), Bernhard Herz (University of Bayreuth)

Labor, Employment, and Firms

  • Paper: Essa Chanie Mussa (University of Bonn, ZEF), Assefa Admassie (Ethiopian Economics Association), Alisher Mirzabaev (University of Bonn, ZEF). The Effects of Childhood Work on Adult Earnings in Rural Ethiopia. Discussants: Christelle Dumas (University of Fribourg), Federico Tagliati (University College London)
  • Paper: Thomas Gries (Paderborn University), Margarete Redlin (Paderborn University). Pirates – The Young and the Jobless: The Effect of Youth Bulges and Youth Labor Market Integration on Maritime Piracy. Discussants: Arye Hillman (Bar-Ilan University), Günther Schulze (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg)
  • Paper: Albrecht Bohne (University of Mannheim), Jan Sebastian Nimczik (University of Mannheim). Learning Dynamics in Tax Bunching at the Kink: Evidence from Ecuador. Discussants: Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zurich), Holger Strulik (University of Göttingen)
  • Paper: Hadia Majid (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Ammar Malik (Urban Institute), Katherine Vyborny (Duke University). Microeconomic Impacts of Public Transit: Evidence from Lahore, Pakistan. Discussants: Markus Brueckner (Australian National University), Roland Hodler (University of St. Gallen)
19:00 Award Ceremony for the Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (sponsored by the KfW Development Bank)
Chair: Axel Dreher
20:00 Conference Dinner
Restaurant: Kartoffelhaus (Goethe-Allee 8, 37073 Göttingen)

Friday, 2 June 2017

(Location: Oeconomicum, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3)

9:00 Parallel Sessions


Session 1: Transfers and Urbanization

Oeconomicum 1.134

Chair: Günther G. Schulze

  • Paper 1: Matthias Flückiger (Queen’s University Belfast), Markus Ludwig (University of Bayreuth). Malaria Suitability, Urbanization and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Paper 2: Markus Brueckner (Australian National University). Mortality and Urbanization: SSA Paradox.
  • Paper 3: Federico Tagliati (University College London). Welfare Effects of an In-kind Transfer Program: Evidence from Mexico.
  • Paper 4: Gerrit Gonschorek (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), Günther G. Schulze (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg). To the Ones in Need or the Ones You Need? The Political Economy of Central Discretionary Grants: Empirical Evidence from Indonesia.


Session 2: Gender Segregation

Oeconomicum 1.162

Chair: Ute Filipiak

  • Paper 1:  Florence Kondylis (World Bank), Ariana Legovini (World Bank), Katherine Vyborny (Duke University), Astrid Zwager (World Bank). Do Women Value Gender Segregation? Evidence from Public Transport in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Paper 2: Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge (NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics), Kjetil Bjorvatn (NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics), Tausi Kida (Economic and Social Research Foundation), Linda Helgesson Sekei (Development Pioneer Consultants), Vincent Somville (NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics), Bertil Tungodden (NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics). Barriers to Female Empowerment: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tanzania.
  • Paper 3: Dimri Aditi (University of Warwick), Véronique Gille (Dial, IRD), Philipp Ketz (Paris School of Economics). Measuring Sex-Selective Abortion: Are There Repeated Abortions?
  • Paper 4: Ute Filipiak (University of Göttingen), Antonia Grohmann (DIW Berlin), Franziska Heyerhorst. Intra-household Decision Making and Long-term Welfare Effects: New Empirical Evidence.


Session 3: India

Oeconomicum 0.211

Chair: Katharina Michaelowa

  • Paper 1: Camille Boudot (University of Edinburgh), Anita Mukherjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison). The Perils of Pressure in Promoting Merit Goods: Evidence from a Sales Experiment in India.
  • Paper 2: Amrit Amirapu (University of Kent). Justice Delayed is Growth Denied: The Effect of Slow Courts on Relationship-Specific Industries in India.
  • Paper 3: Rakesh Basant (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad), Gitanjali Sen (Shiv Nadar University). Impact of Affirmative Action in Higher Education for the Other Backward Classes in India.
  • Paper 4: Viola Asri (University of Zurich), Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich), Sitakanta Panda (IIT Delhi), Sourabh Paul (IIT Delhi). Does Transparency Improve Public Program Targeting? Evidence from India’s Old-age Social Pension Reforms.

Session 4: Crises, NGOs, War, and Protectionism

Oeconomicum 0.167

Chair: Christoph Moser

  • Paper 1: Anisha Sharma (Ashoka University). The Impact of a Macroeconomic Crisis on Child Schooling Outcomes in Indonesia.
  • Paper 2: Ronelle Burger (Stellenbosch University), Canh Thien Dang (University of Nottingham), Trudy Owens (University of Nottingham). Do NGOs Providing Highly Satisfying Services Report Accurately? Evidence from the Ugandan NGO sector.
  • Paper 3: Tilman Brück (International Security and Development Center), Wolfgang Stojetz (Humboldt University and ISDC). The War in Your Head: On the Origins of Domestic Violence.
  • Paper 4: Robert Grundke (OECD), Christoph Moser (University of Salzburg). Hidden Protectionism? Evidence from Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade in the United States.


Session 5: Economic History

Oeconomicum 0.169

Chair: Ferdinand Rauch

  • Paper 1: Cheryl Long (Xiamen University), Peter Murrell (University of Maryland), Li Yang (World Bank, Paris School of Economics). Memories of Colonial Law: The Inheritance of Human Capital and the Location of Joint Ventures in Early-Reform China.
  • Paper 2: Jon Rogowski (Harvard University), John Gerring (University of Texas at Austin), Lee Cojocaru (Boston University), Matthew Maguire (Boston University). Communications Infrastructure and Economic Development: Evidence from Postal Systems.
  • Paper 3: Rui Luo (University of Leicester). Skill Premium and Technological Change in the very Long Run: 1300-1914.
  • Paper 4: Stephan Maurer (London School of Economics), Jörn Pischke (London School of Economics), Ferdinand Rauch (University of Oxford). Of Mice and Merchants: Trade and Growth in the Iron Age.
10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 Parallel Sessions


Session 1: Labor

Oeconomicum 1.134

Chair: Susan Steiner

  • Paper 1: Isis Gaddis (World Bank), Gbemisola Oseni (World Bank), Amparo Palacios-Lopez (World Bank), Janneke Pieters (Wageningen University). Farmers’ Intention to Sell – Does It Match Reality? Evidence from Ghana on the New Statistical Definition of Employment.
  • Paper 2: Alexandra Avdeenko (University of Mannheim). How Important Are Firm Visits for High School Students? Evidence from a Randomized-Control Trial.
  • Paper 3: David Chivers (University of Durham). Success, Survive or Escape? Aspirations and Poverty Traps.
  • Paper 4: Andreas Landmann (Paris School of Economics / J-PAL), Helke Seitz (DIW Berlin), Susan Steiner (University of Hannover). Intergenerational Co-Residence and Female Labour Supply.


Session 2: Political Economy

Oeconomicum 1.162

Chair: Anna Minasyan

  • Paper 1: Vera Z. Eichenauer (ETH Zurich). December Fever in Public Finance.
  • Paper 2: Michele Valsecchi (University of Gothenburg). Corrupt Bureaucrats: The Response of Non-Elected Officers to Electoral Accountability.
  • Paper 3: Hector Rufrancos (University of Sussex). (You Gotta) Strike if the Right (is the Party!) Strike Petitions, and the Electoral Cycle in Mexico.
  • Paper 4: Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen), Anna Minasyan (University of Göttingen). The Impact of Affirmative Action on the Gendered Occupational Segregation in South Africa.


Session 3: International Financial Organizations

Oeconomicum 0.211

Chair: Rune Jansen Hagen

  • Paper 1: Kai Gehring (University of Zurich), Valentin Lang (Heidelberg University). Restoring Reputation? The IMF and Sovereign Creditworthiness.
  • Paper 2: Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Katharina Richert (Heidelberg University). The International Finance Corporation’s Hidden Lending Motives.
  • Paper 3: Valentin Lang (Heidelberg University), Andrea Presbitero (International Monetary Fund). Room for Discretion? Biased Decision-Making in International Financial Institutions.
  • Paper 4: Rune Jansen Hagen (University of Bergen). Gatekeeper? The IMF, Aid Flows, and Policymaking in Low-Income Countries.


Session 4: Education

Oeconomicum 0.167

Chair: Pierre André

  • Paper 1: Thang Dao (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), Julio Davila (Université Catholique de Louvain). The Gender Gap in Education Investment and the Demographic Transition in Developing Countries.
  • Paper 2: Mariko J. Klasing (University of Groningen), Petros Milionis (University of Groningen). The International Epidemiological Transition and the Education Gender Gap.
  • Paper 3: Dimitrios Varvarigos (University of Leicester). Economic Growth and the Cultural Transmission of Attitudes towards Education.
  • Paper 4: Pierre André (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Yannick Dupraz (University of Warwick). The Effect of Women’s Education on Polygyny: Schools, Matching and the Marriage Market in Cameroon.


Session 5: Growth and Development

Oeconomicum 0.169

Chair: Erich Gundlach

  • Paper 1: Mongoljin Batsaikhan (Georgetown University). Growth for Micro Enterprises in Developing Countries: Evidence from Phone Card Wholesalers in Mongolia.
  • Paper 2: Mark Gradstein (Ben Gurion University), Marc Klemp (University of Copenhagen, Brown University). Can Black Gold Shine? The Effect of Oil Prices on Nighttime Light in Brazil.
  • Paper 3: Gan Jin (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg). Circle of Fortune: The Long Term Impact of Western Tax Regime in China.
  • Paper 4: Erich Gundlach (University of Hamburg), Martin Paldam (Aarhus University). A Hump-shaped Transitional Growth Path.
13:00 Lunch
14:15 Plenary Session with Keynote Address and General Discussion
(Location: ZHG 105, Platz der Göttinger Sieben)
Chair: Holger Strulik
Carl-Johann Dalgaard, University of Copenhagen
“The Bounty of the Sea and Long-Run Development”
15:15 Parallel Sessions


Session 1: Labor and Employment

Oeconomicum 1.134

Chair: Christelle Dumas

  • Paper 1: Patricia Augier (Université Aix-Marseille), Marion Dovis (Université Aix-Marseille), Clementine Sadania (Université Aix-Marseille). Shocks on the Labor Market, Youth’s Time Allocation and Women’s Empowerment: Insights from the 2011 Egyptian Uprising.
  • Paper 2: Shubha Chakravarty (World Bank), Mattias Lundberg (World Bank), Plamen Nikolov (Binghamton University), Juliane Zenker (University of Göttingen). The Role of Training Programs for Youth Employment in Nepal.
  • Paper 3: Stephan Maurer (London School of Economics), Andrei Victor Potlogea (University of Edinburgh). Male-biased Demand Shocks and Women’s Labor Force Participation: Evidence from Large Oil Field Discoveries.
  • Paper 4: Pierre André (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Esther Delesalle (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Christelle Dumas (University of Fribourg). Returns to Farm Child Labor in Tanzania.


Session 2: Health

Oeconomicum 1.162

Chair: Sebastian Vollmer

  • Paper 1: Torben Fischer (University of Mannheim), Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim), Andreas Landmann (Paris School of Economics / J-PAL). Adverse Selection in Low-Income Health Insurance Markets: Evidence from a large-scale RCT in Pakistan.
  • Paper 2: Anca Balietti (Harvard University), Souvik Datta (University of Glasgow). The Impact of Indoor Solid Fuel Use on the Stunting of Indian Children.
  • Paper 3: Dorothee Buehler (University of Hannover), Rebecca Hartje (University of Hannover), Ulrike Grote (University of Hannover). Can Household Level Food Security Predict Individual Undernutrition? Evidence from Cambodia and Lao PDR.
  • Paper 4: Marion Krämer (University of Göttingen), Santosh Kumar (Sam Houston State University), Sebastian Vollmer (University of Göttingen). School Feeding, Iron-fortified Salt and Child Cognitive Ability – Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural India.


Session 3: Conflict

Oeconomicum 0.211

Chair: Richard Bluhm

  • Paper 1: Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Martin Gassebner (University of Hannover), Paul Schaudt (University of Hannover). The Effect of Migration on Terror – Made at Home or Imported from Abroad?
  • Paper 2: Kai Gehring (University of Zurich), Sarah Langlotz (Heidelberg University), Stefan Kienberger (Salzburg University). Illicit Economy and Violence: The Effect of Opium Cultivation on the Geography of Conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Paper 3: Caterina Alacevich (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Dijana Zejcirovic (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). War and Political Participation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Paper 4: Richard Bluhm (University of Hannover), Melvin Wong (University of Hannover). Neighborhood Disputes? Spatial Inequalities and Civil Conflict in Africa.


Session 4: Migration

Oeconomicum 0.167

Chair: Thomas Andersen

  • Paper 1: Guido Friebel (Goethe University Frankfurt), Miriam Manchin (University College London), Mariapia Mendola (University of Milano Bicocca), Giovanni Prarolo (University of Bologna). Human Smuggling and Intentions to Migrate to Europe.
  • Paper 2: André Gröger (Goethe University Frankfurt), Tobias Stöhr (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Searching for a Better Life: Now-casting International Migration with Online Search Keywords.
  • Paper 3: Dany Bahar (The Brookings Institution), Andreas Hauptmann (Institute for Employment Research), Cem Özgüzel (Paris School of Economics), Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics). Learning on the Job: Productive Knowledge Diffusion through Migrant Workers.
  • Paper 4: Thomas Andersen (University of Southern Denmark), Carl Johan Dalgaard (University of Copenhagen), Pablo Selaya (University of Copenhagen), Christian Volmar Skovsgaard (University of Southern Denmark). Historical Migration Flows and Global Health Differences.

Session 5: Favoritism

Oeconomicum 0.169

Chair: Rajesh Ramachandran

  • Paper 1: Mathias Iwanowsky (IIES). The Role of Ethnic Networks in Africa.
  • Paper 2: Michael Schleicher (Heidelberg University), Aurélia Souares (University of Heidelberg), Athanase Narangoro Pacere (Nouna Health Research Centre, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso), Stefan Klonner (Heidelberg University). Ethnic Favoritism in Targeted Welfare Programs: Evidence from Burkina Faso.
  • Paper 3: Sanjay Jain (University of Oxford), Sumon Majumdar (Queen’s University). Redistributive Promises, Transfers to Special Interests, and the Political Economy of Reform with Limited State Capacity.
  • Paper 4: Ashwini Deshpande (Delhi School of Economics), Rajesh Ramachandran (Goethe University Frankfurt). The Persistence of Traditional Caste Hierarchies: The Role of Affirmative Action, Early Childhood Outcomes and Discrimination.


Session 6: Disasters and Conflict

ZHG 105

Chair: Eric A. Strobl

  • Paper 1: Elisa Maffioli (Duke University). The Politics of Slow-Onset Disasters: Evidence From the Ebola Outbreak.
  • Paper 2: Victor Stephane (CERDI). Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Trust: Volcanic Risk and Social Behaviors.
  • Paper 3: Tommaso Ciarli (University of Sussex), Chiara Kofol (University of Bonn, ZEF), Carlo Menon (London School of Economics). Business as Unusual. An Explanation of the Increase of Private Economic Activity in High Conflict Areas in Afghanistan.
  • Paper 4: Vera Z. Eichenauer (ETH Zurich), Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), Sven Kunze (Heidelberg University), Eric A. Strobl (Aix-Marseille Université). The Allocation and Financing of Emergency Aid after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.
17:00 Coffee Break
17:30 Parallel Sessions


Session 1: Marriage and Divorce

Oeconomicum 1.134

Chair: Philip Verwimp

  • Paper 1: Aixa García-Ramos (University of Birmingham). Divorce Laws and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Mexico.
  • Paper 2: Jagori Saha (University of Washington). Banking and Marriage Markets: Evidence from India’s Branch Licensing Policy.
  • Paper 3: Philip Verwimp (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Escape from Poverty through Marriage.


Session 2: Inequality

Oeconomicum 1.162

Chair: Christian Leßmann

  • Paper 1: Patricia Justino (Institute of Development Studies), Bruno Martorano (ETH Zurich). Redistribution, Inequality and Political Participation: Evidence from Mexico During the 2008 Financial Crisis.
  • Paper 2: Samuel Kofi Tetteh-Baah (ETH Zurich), Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zurich), Isabel Günther (ETH Zurich). Measures of Horizontal Inequality Across Developing Countries.
  • Paper 3: Christian Leßmann (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Arne Steinkraus (Technische Universität Braunschweig). The Geography of Natural Resources, Ethnic Inequality and Development.


Session 3: Labor Markets

Oeconomicum 0.211

Chair: Marc Witte

  • Paper 1: Martin Abel (Harvard University), Rulof Burger (Stellenbosch University), Patrizio Piraino (University of Cape Town). The Value of Reference Letters – Experimental Evidence from South Africa.
  • Paper 2: Kerstin Grosch (University of Göttingen), Marcela Ibañez (University of Göttingen), Angelino Viceisza (Spelman College). Competition and Prosociality – a Field Experiment in Ghana.
  • Paper 3: Stefano Caria (University of Oxford), Simon Franklin (London School of Economics), Marc Witte (University of Oxford). Searching with Friends.


Session 4: Field Experiments

Oeconomicum 0.167

Chair: Dietmar Fehr

  • Paper 1: Sebastian O. Schneider (University of Göttingen), Martin Schlather (University of Mannheim). A New Approach to Treatment Assignment for One and Multiple Treatment Groups
  • Paper 2: Anna Aevarsdottir (IIES – Stockholm University), Nicholas Barton (Goethe University Frankfurt), Tessa Bold (IIES). Rural Electrification: The Potential and Limitations of Solar Power.
  • Paper 3: Dietmar Fehr (Heidelberg University), Guenther Fink (Harvard University), Kelsey Jack (Tufts University). The Endowment Effect: Evidence from Small-Scale Farmers in Rural Zambia.


Session 5: Credit and Insurance

Oeconomicum 0.169

Chair: Michael Grimm

  • Paper 1: Joeri Smits (ETH Zurich), Isabel Günther (ETH Zurich). Microcredit, Financial Literacy and Household Financial Distress.
  • Paper 2: Min Xie (Heidelberg University), Stefan Klonner (Heidelberg University). Does Rural Credit Supply Matter? Entrepreneurship and Household Welfare in the Wake of Thailand’s Village Fund.
  • Paper 3: Fadima Bocoum (IRSS), Michael Grimm (University of Passau), Renate Hartwig (University of Namur), Nathalie Zongo (Asmade). Nudging Households to Take up Health Insurance: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Burkina Faso.
19:00 End of the Conference
Dinner at Bullerjahn in small groups (at own expense, Am Markt 9, 37073 Göttingen)