School of Economics

Workshop: Microeconomic Approach to Development Economics

21-22 June 2017

The School of Economics is holding a workshop on the Microeconomic Approach to Development Economics on 21-22 June 2017.

The workshop is designed as a forum to nurture links and exchange ideas among development economics researcher in UK and Europe, with a focus on junior researchers.

There will be two distinct sets of participants:

  • The first set will comprise two senior and accomplished researchers in the field of Development: Professor Debraj Ray (New York University, Co-editor of the American Economic Review) and Professor Karl Ove Moene (Head of ESOP (a Norwegian Centre of Excellence) at the University of Oslo).
  • The other set will include active junior researchers based in the UK/Europe who use either theoretical or empirical microeconomic techniques within the area of development economics.

The primary task of the first set will be to provide feedback to the presenters. Hence, their role as mentors is key.
Organisers: Dr Anirban Mitra and Dr Zaki Wahhaj (Kent)


Wednesday 21 June

Chair: Nizar Allouch Presenter Paper
11.15-12.00 Lore Vandewalle
(The Graduate Institute Geneva)
Social Identities and Public Policies: Unintended Effects of Gender Quotas in India
12.00-12.45 Fernanda Brollo
(University of Warwick)
Party Membership and Public Sector Employment in Brazil
12.45-13.45 LUNCH  
Chair: Kalle Moene Presenter Paper
14.00-14.45 Juan Pablo Rud
(Royal Holloway)
Climate Change and Agriculture in a Developing Country: Farm Level Responses to Extreme Heat
14.45-15.30 Sanchari Roy
Mothers and Daughters: Inheritance Reforms, Bargaining Power and Child Education in India
15.30-15.45 TEA BREAK  
Chair: Debraj Ray Presenter Paper
15.45-16.30 Kate Orkin
The Future in Mind: A Field Experiment on How Aspirations Affect Future Oriented Behaviour in the Long Run in Rural Ethiopia
16.30-17.15 Anirban Mitra
Cash for Votes: Evidence from India

Plenary session

Chair: Tony Thirlwall Presenter Paper
17.15-18.00 Kalle Moene
(University of Oslo)
Merit Primacy Effect
18.00-18.45 Debraj Ray
(New York University and University of Warwick)
Groups in Conflict: Size Matters, But Not In The Way You Think
20.00 DINNER: Cafe du Soleil  

Thursday 22 June

Chair: Amrit Amirapu Presenter Paper
10.00-10.45 Erlend Berg
Risk Sharing and the Demand for Insurance
10.45-11.30 Sofia Amaral
Sex ratio and violence against women: the long-run effects of sex selection in India
11.30-12.15 Bansi Malde
Group Size and the Efficiency of Informal Risk Sharing
12.15 LUNCH: Dolce Vita  

You can also download a copy of the programme here.


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Last Updated: 21/06/2017