Programm der Tagung 2016

Development Economics and Policy 2016

Annual International Conference of the Research Group on Development Economics

Location: Heidelberg University, Universitätsplatz, 69117 Heidelberg

Conference Program (PDF)

Friday, 3 June 2016

Alte Universität, Bel Etage

14:45 Registration and Coffee

Alte Universität, Alte Aula

16:00 Plenary Session with Keynote Address and General Discussion
Chair: Axel Dreher
Philip Keefer, Inter-American Development Bank
“Programming matters! Evidence from Africa on radio access, citizen demand for service delivery, and clientelism”

Neue Universität, Foyer

17:00 Poster Session with Coffee


Foreign Aid

  • Paper: Anna Minasyan (University of Goettingen). Development Aid and Ideological Imperialism. Discussants: Silvia Marchesi (University of Milano Bicocca), Gina Yannitell Reinhardt (University of Essex)
  • Paper: Sarah Langlotz (Heidelberg University) and Niklas Potrafke (University of Munich). Does Development Aid Increase Military Expenditure? Discussants: Faisal Z. Ahmed (Princeton University), Anke Höffler (University of Oxford)
  • Paper: Franck Malan (University of Le Havre). Does Being an IMF Executive Board Member (Re-)Pay? An Examination of IMF Loans and Repayments. Discussants: Simone Dietrich (University of Essex), Christopher Kilby (Villanova University)

Trade and Labor

  • Paper: Julian Donaubauer (University of Hamburg), Alexander Glas (Heidelberg University) and Peter Nunnenkamp (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Infrastructure and Trade: A Gravity Analysis for Major Trade Categories Using a New Index of Infrastructure. Discussants: Martin Gassebner (University of Hannover), Philipp Harms (University of Mainz)
  • Paper: Rebecca Hartje (University of Hannover) and Michael Hübler (University of Hannover). Smart Phones Support Smart Labor. Discussants: Mongoljin Batsaikhan (Georgetown University), Sanjay Jain (University of Cambridge)
  • Paper: Katharina Grabrucker (University of Passau) and Michael Grimm (University of Passau). Does Crime Deter South Africans from Self-Employment? Discussants: Anirban Mitra (University of Oslo), Konstantin M. Wacker (University of Mainz)
  • Paper: Riaz Ahmed (Heidelberg University). Social Infrastructure and Productivity of Manufacturing Firms – Evidence from Pakistan. Discussants: Nicholas Barton (University of Frankfurt), Rahul Mehrotra (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Poverty and Inequality

  • Paper: Nathalie Scholl (University of Goettingen) and Stephan Klasen (University of Goettingen). Re-estimating the Relationship Between Inequality and Growth. Discussants: Michail Moatsos (Utrecht University), Rainer Thiele (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
  • Paper: Rahul Lahoti (University of Goettingen) and Stephan Klasen (University of Goettingen). How Serious is the Neglect of Intra-Household Inequality in Multi-Dimensional Poverty Indices? Discussants: Christian Ambrosius (Free University of Berlin), Zhaoyang Hou (Georgetown University)
  • Paper: Viola Asri (University of Zurich) and Ankush Asri (University of Bologna). Do Social Pensions Reach the Elderly Poor? Evidence from Greying India. Discussants: Sweta Gupta (University of Sussex), Krisztina Kis-Katos (University of Freiburg)
  • Paper: Michael Schleicher (Heidelberg University), Aurélia Souares (Heidelberg University), Athanase Noraogo Pacere (Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna), Rainer Sauerborn (Heidelberg University) and Stefan Klonner (Heidelberg University). How to Target the Poor? Evidence from Burkina Faso. Discussants: Eivind Hammersmark Olsen (University of Oslo), Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zurich)
  • Paper: Lucie Cluver (University of Oxford), G. J. Melendez-Torres (Warwick University), Janina Steinert (University of Oxford), Sebastian Vollmer (University of Goettingen). One Size Fits All? The Validity of a Composite Poverty Index Across Urban and Rural Households in South Africa. Discussants: Stephan Klasen (University of Goettingen), Paul Schaudt (University of Hannover)

Finance and Insurance

  • Paper: Joeri Smits (ETH Zurich) and Isabel Günther (ETH Zurich). Microcredit and Financial Distress: Evidence from Uganda. Discussants: Thomas Gietzen (KfW Development Bank), Thilo Klein (OECD)
  • Paper: Min Xie (Heidelberg University). The Impact of a Reduction in Financial Frictions on Entrepreneurs in Rural Thailand. Discussants: Martin Brown (University of St. Gallen), Juliane Zenker (University of Goettingen)
  • Paper: Christian Oldiges (Heidelberg University). Income Shocks, Consumption Smoothing and Financial Market Transactions: Evidence from Indian Villages. Discussants: Katja Kaufmann (University of Mannheim), Kati Krähnert (DIW Berlin)
  • Paper: Kristina Czura (University of Munich). Risk Taking and Crowding Out in Formal and Informal Insurance: Evidence from Field Lab Experiments with Aquaculture Insurance in Rural Vietnam. Discussants: Clive Bell (Heidelberg University), Marcela Ibañez (University of Goettingen)

Risk and Mitigation Strategies

  • Paper: Rebecca Hartje (University of Hannover) and Ulrike Grote (University of Hannover). Do Risk Mitigation Strategies Help Rural Households in Vietnam Reduce the Impact of Extreme Weather Events? Discussants: Eric Strobl (Université Aix-Marseille), Margaux Vinez (Paris School of Economics)
  • Paper: Sabine Liebenehm (University of Hannover) and Hermann Waibel (University of Hannover). Really Too Risk-Averse and Too Impatient to Save Themselves? Insights from a Dynamic Field Experiment in West Africa. Discussants: Magnus Hatlebakk (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Dany Jaimovich (University of Frankfurt)
  • Paper: Sarah Nohr (KfW Development Bank). Convenience or Confidentiality? A Discrete Choice Model of the Demand for Condoms. Discussants: Malcolm H. Dunn (University of Potsdam), Rainer Klump (University of Luxemburg)

Food Security

  • Paper: Kacana Sipangule (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Menusch Khadjavi (Kiel Institute for the World Economy) and Rainer Thiele (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Social Capital and Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: An Experimental Investigation in Central Zambia. Discussants: Nadia Cuffaro (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio), Tanguy Bernard (University of Bordeaux)
  • Paper: Luitfred Kissoly (University of Hannover), Anja Faße (University of Hannover) and Ulrike Grote (University of Hannover). Smallholders‘ Integration in Agricultural Value Chain Activities and Food Security: Evidence from Rural Tanzania. Discussants: Robert Poppe (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Emilia Soldani (University of Frankfurt)
  • Paper: Matthias Kalkuhl (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), Gregor Schwerhoff (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change) and Katharina Waha (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Agricultural Risk Management and Land Tenure. Discussants: Susan Steiner (University of Hannover), Arne Steinkraus (University of Braunschweig)
  • Paper: Victoria Schreitter (University of Oxford), Measuring the Welfare Impacts of Food Price Increases: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. Discussants: Isabel Günther (ETH Zurich), Joachim von Braun (University of Bonn)
  • Paper: Giulia Barbanente (University of Hamburg) and Emma Aisbett (University of Hamburg). Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Rural Development: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia. Discussants: Niels Kemper (KfW Development Bank), Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Namur)

Education and Health

  • Paper: Christoph Strupat (German Development Institute). Does Timing of Reproductive Health Services Matter? Evidence from Indonesia. Discussants: Cara Ebert (University of Goettingen), Roman Hoffmann (University of Vienna)
  • Paper: Manoel Bittencourt (University of Pretoria). Democracy and Education: Evidence from the Southern African Development Community. Discussants: Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich), Günther Schulze (University of Freiburg)
  • Paper: Sebastian Vollmer (University of Goettingen), Christian Bommer (University of Goettingen), Aditi Krishna (Harvard University), Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zurich) and S.V. Subramanian (Harvard University). The Association of Parental Education with Childhood Undernutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Comparing the Role of Paternal and Maternal Education. Discussants: Anda David (Agence Française de Développement), Christelle Dumas (University of Fribourg)
  • Paper: Ilhom Abdulloev (Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation), Gil S. Epstein (Bar-Ilan University) and Ira Gang (Rutgers University). Schooling Forsaken: Education, Migration and Remittances. Discussants: Toman Barsbai (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Carsten Hefeker (University of Siegen)
  • Paper: Roman Hoffmann (University of Vienna) and Sebastian Lutz (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Learning for Life, Not for School: A Test of the Allocative Efficiency Hypothesis on Health Behavior in the Philippines. Discussants: Md Nazmul Ahsan (University of Southern California), Shailee Pradhan (ETH Zurich)

Gender Gaps

  • Paper: Dorothee Bühler (University of Hannover) and Ulrike Grote (University of Hannover). Does Fluctuation in Female Wage Income Impact on Children’s Education? Evidence from Rural Vietnam. Discussants: Alexandra Rudolph (German Development Institute), Kaj Thomsson (Maastricht University)
  • Paper: Rachel Brulé (New York University) and Nikhar Gaikwad (Yale University). Culture, Capital and the Gender Gap in Political Economy Preferences: Evidence from Meghalaya’s Matrilineal Tribes. Discussants: Philip Keefer (IADB), Merle Kreinaum (German Development Institute)

Political Economy

  • Paper: Sirus Dehdari (Stockholm University) and Kai Gehring (University of Zurich). National Identity in Border Regions – the Causal Effect of Homogenization Policies in Alsace-Lorraine. Discussants: Boris Gershman (American University), Rajesh Ramachandran (University of Frankfurt)
  • Paper: Maria Isabel Santana (University of Mannheim) and Stefan Penczynski (University of Mannheim). Measuring Trust in Institutions: An Experimental Study Using Time Preference Elicitation. Discussants: Mongoljin Batsaikhan (Georgetown University), Christian Bjørnskov (Aarhus University)
  • Paper: Michael Keller (University of Sussex). Resource Discoveries and Political Survival. Discussants: Thomas Gries (University of Paderborn), Christina Schneider (University of California, San Diego)
  • Paper: Panchali Banerjee (Jadavpur University) and Vivekananda Mukherjee (Jadavpur University). Does Introducing Bureaucratic Competition Reduce Corruption in Public Service Delivery? Discussants: Tobias Stöhr (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Guo Xu (LSE)
  • Paper: Eric Rougier (University of Bordeaux), François Combarnous (University of Bordeaux) and Yves-André Fauré (University of Paris Sorbonne). Local state capacity, political turnover and growth in the Brazilian Nordeste: A municipality-level empirical test of the patrimonial assumption. Discussants: Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), Thomas Gall (University of Southampton)
  • Paper: Felipe Starosta de Waldemar (University Paris-Sud) and Patrick Domingues (University Paris Est Créteil). On the Economic Consequences of Political Turnover: Evidence from Mozambican Firms. Discussants: Katharina Pfaff (University of Hamburg), Muhammad Salihu (Lancaster University)
  • Paper: Gregor Pfeifer (University of Hohenheim), Fabian Wahl (University of Hohenheim) and Martyna Marczak (University of Hohenheim). Illuminating the World Cup Effect: Night Lights Evidence from South Africa. Discussants: Christian Leßmann (University of Braunschweig), Stijn van Weezel

Alte Universität, Alte Aula

19:00 Award Ceremony for the Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (sponsored by the KfW Development Bank)
20:00 Conference Dinner
Restaurant: Kulturbrauerei (Leyergasse 6, 69117 Heidelberg)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

9:00 Parallel Sessions I


Session 1: Foreign Aid

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 01

Chair: Katharina Michaelowa

  • Paper 1: Robert Poppe (GIZ), Nzinga Broussard (United States Department of Agriculture) and Tsegay Tekleselassie (University of Sussex). The Impact of Emergency Food Aid on Children’s Schooling and Work Decisions.
  • Paper 2: Faisal Z. Ahmed (Princeton University). Geopolitics and the Aiding of Political Violence.
  • Paper 3: Tobias Broich (UNU-MERIT), Adam Szirmai (UNU-MERIT) and Kaj Thomsson (Maastricht University). Precolonial Centralization, Foreign Aid and Modern State Capacity in Africa.
  • Paper 4: Chandreyee Bagchi (University of Zurich), Paula Castro (University of Zurich) and Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich). Donor Accountability Reconsidered: Aid Allocation in the Age of Global Public Goods.


Session 2: Conflict

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 02

Chair: Anke Höffler

  • Paper 1: Wolfgang Stojetz (Humboldt-University Berlin) and Patricia Justino (University of Sussex). War, States, and Public Good Provision: Evidence from Angolan Soldiers.
  • Paper 2: Anirban Mitra (University Of Oslo) and Shabana Mitra (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore). Redistribution of Economic Resources due to Conflict: The Maoist Uprising in Nepal.
  • Paper 3: Thomas Gries (University of Paderborn) and Claus-Jochen Haake (University of Paderborn). An Economic Theory of ‚Destabilization War‘ – Compromise for Peace versus Conventional, Guerilla, or Terrorist Warfare.
  • Paper 4: Anke Höffler (University of Oxford). Post-Conflict Stabilization.


Session 3: Empowerment of Women

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 03

Chair: Isabel Günther

  • Paper 1: Natascha Wagner (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Matthias Rieger (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Arjun Bedi (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Wil Hout (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Are Women Better Police Officers? Evidence from Survey Experiments in Uganda.
  • Paper 2: Debosree Banerjee (University of Goettingen), Marcela Ibañez (University of Goettingen), Gerhard Riener (University of Duesseldorf) and Meike Wollni (University of Goettingen). Volunteering to Take on Power. Experimental Evidence from Matrilineal and Patriarchal Societies in India.
  • Paper 3: Fernanda Estevan (USP), Thomas Gall (University of Southampton) and Louis-Philippe Morin (University of Ottawa). Redistribution Without Distortion: Evidence from an Affirmative Action Program at a Large Brazilian University.
  • Paper 4: Isabel Günther (ETH Zurich) and Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zurich). Desired and Excess Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Economic Development, Women’s Empowerment, or Public Policies?

Session 4: Poverty and Inequality

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04

Chair: Stefan Klonner

  • Paper 1: Jesús Crespo Cuaresma (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Stephan Klasen (University of Goettingen) and Konstantin Wacker (University of Mainz). There is Poverty Convergence.
  • Paper 2: Michail Moatsos (Utrecht University). Global Absolute Poverty: Behind the Veil of Dollars.
  • Paper 3: Zhaoyang Hou (Georgetown University) and Daniel Westbrook (Georgetown University). Income Inequality, Market Access, and Unobservable Heterogeneity in Rural China.
  • Paper 4: Stefan Klonner (Heidelberg University) and Christian Oldiges (Heidelberg University). Can Public Employment Alleviate Poverty? Evidence from India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.


Session 5: Fertility, Marriage and Education

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04a

Chair: Michael Grimm

  • Paper 1: Amparo Castello-Climent (University of Valencia), Latika Chaudhary (Naval Postgraduate School) and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (Indian Statistical Institute). Tertiary Education and Prosperity: Catholic Missionaries to Luminosity in India.
  • Paper 2: Daniel Ayalew Ali (World Bank), Klaus Deininger (World Bank) and Niels Kemper (KfW Development Bank). Pronatal Property Rights Over Land and Fertility Outcomes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Ethiopia.
  • Paper 3: Almedina Music (Paris School of Economics), Jérémie Gignoux (Paris School of Economics) and Marta Menendez (Paris School of Economics). Parental Responses and Children’s Development in the Wake of Disaster: Evidence from Indonesia.
  • Paper 4: Michael Grimm (University of Passau). Rainfall Risk and Fertility: Evidence from Farm Settlements During the American Demographic Transition.
10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 Parallel Sessions II


Session 1: Education

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 01

Chair: Cara Ebert

  • Paper 1: Lisa Höckel (RWI Essen), Manuel Santos Silva (University of Goettingen) and Tobias Stöhr (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Can Parental Migration Reduce Petty Corruption in Education?
  • Paper 2: Sweta Gupta (University of Sussex). Private Preschools and Test Score Gaps in Rural India.
  • Paper 3: Katja Kaufmann (University of Mannheim), Matthias Messner (Bocconi University) and Alex Solis (Uppsala University). Elite Higher Education, the Marriage Market and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital.
  • Paper 4: Cara Ebert (University of Goettingen) and Erik Plug (University of Amsterdam). Nature or Nurture: Evidence from Indonesia.


Session 2: Banks and Loans

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 02

Chair: Clive Bell

  • Paper 1: Thilo Klein (OECD). Does Anti-Diversification Pay? A One-Sided Matching Model of Microcredit.
  • Paper 2: Thomas Gietzen (KfW Development Bank). The Impact of Credit Information Sharing on Interest Rates.
  • Paper 3: Rahul Mehrotra (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), Vincent Somville (Chr. Michelsen Institute) and Lore Vandewalle (The Graduate Institute, Geneva). Increasing Trust in the Bank to Enhance Savings: Experimental Evidence from India.
  • Paper 4: Magnus Hatlebakk (Chr. Michelsen Institute) and Clive Bell (Heidelberg University). Usufructuary Mortgages as a Source of Funds in Need: Some Theory and an Empirical Investigation.


Session 3: Public Finance

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 03

Chair: Silvia Marchesi

  • Paper 1: Zareh Asatryan (ZEW Mannheim). Remittances and Public Finance: Evidence from Oil-Price Shocks.
  • Paper 2: Marina Dodlova (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) and Viola Lucas (University of Konstanz). Strategic Taxation in Autocracies.
  • Paper 3: Christian Ambrosius (Free University of Berlin). Do Remittances Crowd-In or Crowd-Out Public Expenditure?
  • Paper 4: Silvia Marchesi (University of Milano Bicocca). Life After Default? Private vs. Official Sovereign Debt Restructurings.


Session 4: Migration

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04

Chair: Gry Tengmark Østenstad

  • Paper 1: Julia Bredtmann (RWI), Fernanda Martinez (RWI) and Sebastian Otten (University College London). Remittances and the Brain Drain: Evidence from Microdata for Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Paper 2: Anda David (Agence Française de Développement), Ramón Mahía (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Rafael De Arce (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Who’s in, who’s out? Return Migration in Times of Crisis.
  • Paper 3: Anda David (Agence Française de Développement) and Audrey Lenoël (INED). International Migration and the Labour Market Outcomes of Women Staying Behind – the Case of Morocco.
  • Paper 4: Gry Tengmark Østenstad (University College of South East Norway), Kalle Moene (University of Oslo) and Halvor Mehlum (University of Oslo). Add and Rule.


Session 5: Foreign Aid

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04a

Chair: Simone Dietrich

  • Paper 1: Matteo Alpino (University of Oslo) and Eivind Hammersmark Olsen (University of Oslo). On a Mission from God: The Historical Roots of Development Aid Allocation.
  • Paper 2: Paul Schaudt (University of Hannover) and Tobias Rommel (University of Zurich). Dyadic Leader Change, Foreign Policy Signals, and Aid Allocation.
  • Paper 3: Stijn van Weezel. A Spatial Analysis of the Effect of Foreign Aid in Conflict Areas.
  • Paper 4: Simone Dietrich (University of Essex), Minhaj Mahmud (Brac University) and Matthew S. Winters (University of Illinois). Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy, and Domestic Government Legitimacy: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh.
13:00 Lunch

Alte Universität, Alte Aula

14:15 Plenary Session with Keynote Address and General Discussion (lecture hall)
Chair: Stefan Klonner
Jean-Philippe Platteau, University of Namur

“Is Islam a Special Problem? Exploring the Link Between Religion, Politics, and Development”

15:15 Parallel Sessions III


Session 1: Inequality and Diversity

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 01

Chair: Richard Bluhm

  • Paper 1: Boris Gershman (American University) and Diego Rivera (American University). Subnational Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a New Dataset.
  • Paper 2: Rajesh Ramachandran (University of Frankfurt) and David D. Laitin (Stanford University). Linguistic Diversity, Official Language Choice and Nation Building: Theory and Evidence.
  • Paper 3: Christian Leßmann (University of Braunschweig) and André Seidel (Dresden University of Technology). Regional Inequality, Convergence, and Its Determinants – a View from Outer Space.
  • Paper 4: Richard Bluhm (University of Hannover) and Melanie Krause (University of Hamburg). Top Lights – Bright Spots and Their Contribution to Economic Development.


Session 2: Institutions

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 02

Chair: Rachel Brulé

  • Paper 1: Ana Fernandes (Berner Fachhochschule). Institutions and the Sectoral Organization of Production.
  • Paper 2: Elias Braunfels (Norwegian School of Economics). Further Unbundling Institutions.
  • Paper 3: Justin Valasek (WZB Berlin). Reforming an Institutional Culture of Corruption: A Model of Motivated Agents and Collective Reputation.
  • Paper 4: Rachel Brulé (New York University). Reform & Representation – The Politics of Property Rights’ Enforcement.


Session 3: Political Economy

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 03

Chair: Christian Bjørnskov

  • Paper 1: Eric Neumayer (LSE), Julian Donaubauer (University of Hamburg) and Peter Nunnenkamp (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). Financial Market Development in Host and Source Countries and Its Effects on Bilateral FDI.
  • Paper 2: Guo Xu (LSE). The Cost of Patronage in the Appointment of Bureaucrats: Evidence from the British Empire.
  • Paper 3: Jean-Francois Maystadt (Lancaster University) and Muhammad Salihu (Lancaster University). National or Political Cake? The Political Economy of Intergovernmental Transfers in Nigeria.
  • Paper 4: Christian Bjørnskov (Aarhus University) and Katharina Pfaff (University of Hamburg). The Effect of Coups d’Etats on Repression.


Session 4: Markets and Attitudes

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04

Chair: Andreas Fuchs

  • Paper 1: Margaux Vinez (Paris School of Economics), Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics), Sylvie Lambert (Paris School of Economics) and Tanguy Bernard (University of Bordeaux). Adoption of Improved Seeds and Land Allocation, Evidence from DRC.
  • Paper 2: Nicole Hildebrandt (Boston Consulting Group), Yaw Nyarko (New York University), Giorgia Romagnoli (New York University) and Emilia Soldani (University of Frankfurt). Price information, inter-village networks and bargaining spillovers: experimental evidence from Ghana.
  • Paper 3: Simon Heß (University of Frankfurt), Dany Jaimovich (University of Frankfurt) and Matthias Schündeln (University of Frankfurt). The Evolution of Networks during the Development Process: Evidence from Rural Gambia.
  • Paper 4: Lutz Brückner (Heidelberg University), Vera Eichenauer (Heidelberg University) and Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University). Towards a Harmonious World? The Effects of Chinese Economic Activities on Individual Attitudes towards China in Latin America.


Session 5: Business and Labor

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04a

Chair: Nicholas Barton

  • Paper 1: Nicolas Depetris Chauvin (Haute École de Gestion de Genève). Examining the Export Wage Premium.
  • Paper 2: Ana Lucia Abeliansky (University of Goettingen) and Martin Hilbert (University of California at Davis). Digital Technology and International Trade: Assessing the Differential Effects of Quality and Quantity.
  • Paper 3: Mongoljin Batsaikhan (Georgetown University). Trust, Trustworthiness, and Business Success: Lab and Field Findings from Entrepreneurs.
  • Paper 4: Nicholas Barton (University of Frankfurt), Tessa Bold (University of Frankfurt) and Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development). The Public-Private Sector Wage Gap: Evidence from Kenyan Teachers.
17:00 Coffee Break
17:30 Parallel Sessions IV


Session 1: Foreign Aid

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 01

Chair: Martin Gassebner

  • Paper 1: Erasmus Kersting (Villanova University) and Christopher Kilby (Villanova University). Bilateral versus Multilateral: Picking Policy Instruments.
  • Paper 2: Gina Yannitell Reinhardt (University of Essex). Channeling Efficiency: Examining Foreign Aid’s Achievement of Donor Goals.
  • Paper 3: Richard Bluhm (University of Hannover), Martin Gassebner (University of Hannover), Sarah Langlotz (Heidelberg University) and Paul Schaudt (University of Hannover). Fueling Conflict? (De)Escalation and Bilateral Aid.


Session 2: Insurance

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 02

Chair: Susan Steiner

  • Paper 1: Tabea Herrmann (University of Hannover) and Juliane Zenker (University of Goettingen). Risk-type and Preference-based Selection and Stability of Funeral Insurance Associations in Thailand.
  • Paper 2: Shailee Pradhan (ETH Zurich). Do Experimental Insurance Games Impact Real-life Insurance Enrollment for the Poor? Evidence from the Philippines.
  • Paper 3: Friederike Lenel (DIW Berlin) and Susan Steiner (University of Hannover). Insurance and Solidarity.


Session 3: Health

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 03

Chair: Roman Hoffmann

  • Paper 1: Maëlys de la Rupelle (University of Cergy Pontoise) and Christelle Dumas (University of Fribourg). Health Consequences of Sterilisations.
  • Paper 2: Md Nazmul Ahsan (University of Southern California) and Riddhi Bhowmick (University of Southern California). The Unintended Consequence of the Village Midwife Program in Indonesia.
  • Paper 3: Roman Hoffmann (University of Vienna). When Communities Participate in Primary Health Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community Health Worker Program in the Philippines.


Session 4: International Organizations

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04

Chair: Bernhard Reinsberg

  • Paper 1: Leonardo Baccini (McGill University), Giammario Impullitti (University of Nottingham) and Edmund Malesky (Duke University). Globalization and State Capitalism: Assessing Vietnam’s Accession to the WTO.
  • Paper 2: Valentin Lang (Heidelberg University). Undermining Democracy? The Causal Effect of IMF Programs on Inequality.
  • Paper 3: Bernhard Reinsberg (University of Zurich). The Bureaucratic Politics of Trust Funds: Evidence from the World Bank.


Session 5: Natural Disasters

Neue Universität, Hörsaal 04a

Chair: Eric Strobl

  • Paper 1: Francisco de Lima Cavalcanti (University of Barcelona). The Brazilian „Drought Industry“ Revisited.
  • Paper 2: Sven Kunze (Heidelberg University). The Effect of Tropical Cyclones on Economic Sectors Worldwide – A Panel Data Analysis Using Geodata.
  • Paper 3: Andréas Heinen (Université Cergy-Pontoise), Jeetendra Khadan (International Development Bank) and Eric Strobl (Université Aix-Marseille). The Inflationary Costs of Extreme Weather.
19:00 End of the Conference
Dinner in small groups (at own expense)