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PacDev 2020 Conference Schedule

CEGA was excited to host the 13th annual Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev), one of the major annual conferences dedicated to development economics. The event brought together researchers and practitioners to present and discuss work that enhances our understanding of economic development, advances theoretical and empirical methods, and improves development interventions and policy.


8:30 – 10:00 am PDT: Concurrent Sessions I

Session 1A: Digital Technology

Is the Phone Mightier than the Virus? Cell Phone Access and Epidemic Containment Efforts in Liberia
Elisa M. Maffioli, Robert Gonzalez

The Impact of Mobile Phones: Experimental Evidence from the Random Assignment of New Cell Towers
Arman Rezaee, Joshua Blumenstock, Niall Keleher, and Erin Troland

Creating (Digital) Labor Markets in Rural Tanzania
Dahyeon Jeong


Session 1B: Gender Discrimination

Discrimination from Below: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia
Ketki Sheth, Shanthi Manian, Shibiru Ayalew

Does Gender Matter for Small Business Performance? Experimental Evidence from India
Solene Delecourt, Odyssia Ng

Women’s Labor Market Opportunities and Fertility Decisions: Evidence from Sri Lanka
Dhanushka Peru


Session 1C: Credit Markets

Political Punishment and Financial Safety Nets: Evidence from India’s Demonetization
Priya Mukherjee, Gaurav Khanna

Knowing what’s good for you: Can a repayment flexibility option in microfinance contracts improve repayment rates and business outcomes?
Giorgia Barboni

Does Formal Credit Lead to more Financial Inclusion or Distress? Results Using an Algorithm-based Loan among Underserved Clients in Paraguay
Jeanne Lafortune, Jose Tessada, Viviane Azevedo, Liliana Olarte

Banking the group: Impact of credit and linkages among Ugandan savings groups
Luciana Etcheverry, Alfredo Burlando, Jessica Goldberg


Session 1D: Education

Does Parental Out-migration Benefit Left-behind Children’s Schooling Outcomes? — Evidence from Rural China
Xiaoman Luo

Not Playing Favorites: An Experiment on Parental Fairness Preferences
Maulik Jagnani, Jim Berry and Rebecca Dizon-Ross

An aspiring friend is a friend indeed: school peers and college aspirations in Brazil
Jessica Gagete-Miranda

Multidimensional Impacts of Preschool Attendance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh
Fernando Saltiel, Jorge Rodriguez


Session 1E: Behavior & Motivation

Fictional Money, Real Costs: Impacts of Financial Salience on Disadvantaged Students
Claire Duquennois

Moving the Goalpost Closer: Do Flexible Targets Improve the Impact of Incentives?
Haijing Huang, Sebastian Linnemayr

Appointments versus Commitments: Overcoming Self-Control Problems in Preventive Health
Laura Derksen, Jason Kerwin, Natalia Ordaz Reynoso, Olivier Sterck

Can text messages improve children’s health? A case from rural Ecuador
Megan Rounseville, Ana Maria Oviedo and Priscila Vera Jibaja


10:00 – 10:30 am PDT: Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm PDT: Concurrent Sessions II

Session 2A: Mobility & Long-Term Development

The Twenty Year Economic Impacts of Deworming in Kenya
Michael Walker, Sarah Baird, Joan Hamory Hicks, Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel

Residential Segregation in Urban India
Brandon Tan, Anjali Adukia, Paul Novosad, Sam Asher


Session 2B: Taxes & Public Goods

Shifting the Laffer Rate in Developing Countries: Evidence from Randomized Tax Rates in the DRC
Augustin Bergeron, Gabriel Tourek, Jonathan Weigel

Taxation Toward Representation: Public Goods, Tax Collection, Social Norms, and Democratic Accountability
Benjamin Krause

Dishonest Politicians and Public Goods Provision
Moogdho Mahzab


Session 2C: Political Economy

The local advantage: Corruption, organized crime, and indigenization in the Nigerian oil sector
Jonah Rexer

Political Alignment and Credit: Evidence from Local Governments in Mexico
Bruno Lopez-Videla, Adrian de la Garza

The Economic Value of Crime Control: Evidence from a Large Investment on Police Infrastructure in Colombia
Miguel Morales-Mosquera

Judges, Lenders, and the Bottom Line: Court-ing Firm Growth in India
Manaswini Rao


Session 2D: Trade & Market Integration

Misallocation and Capital Market Integration: Evidence From India
Natalie Bau, Adrien Matray

The gains from market integration: The welfare effects of new rural roads in Ethiopia
Hundanol Kebede

Trade costs, trade facilitation and formalization of trade: Evidence from One-Stop-Border-Posts in Uganda
Jade Siu

Cash is King: The Role of Financial Infrastructure in Digital Adoption
Subrata Ritadhi, Bhavya Aggarwal and Nirupama Kulkarni


12:00 – 12:45 pm PDT: Lightning Talks

Gender Peer Effects in the Workplace: A Field Experiment in Indian Call Centers
Deepshikha Batheja

Women’s Job Opportunities and Marriage Quality
Jagori Chatterjee, Rachel Heath

Macroeconomic Conditions and Child Schooling in Turkey
Pinar Gunes, Beyza Ural Marchand

Marriage Outcomes of Displaced Women
Frances Lu, Prashant Bharadwaj, Sameem Siddiqui

Productivity dispersion and persistence among the world’s most numerous firms
Casey Maue, Marshall Burke, Kyle Emerick

Civil Conflict and Later Life Crime
Raisa Sara


12:45 – 1:30 pm PDT: Keynote Session

Gabriel Zucman in conversation with Ted Miguel: “21st Century Tax Systems for Developing Countries”


1:45 – 3:15 pm PDT: Concurrent Sessions III

Session 3A: Measuring Poverty & Welfare

Can Mobile Phone Metadata Identify the Ultra-Poor?
Emily Aiken, Joshua Blumenstock

Measuring the Value of Statistical Life and Moral Trade-offs among Low Income Populations in Kenya and Ghana
Sindy Li, Alice Redfern, Daniel Stein

(Machine) Learning What Governments Value
Samsun Knight, Daniel Bjorkegren, Joshua Blumenstock

Long Term Nutrition Impacts of the Green Revolution in India
Leah Bevis, Digvijay Singh Negi

Session 3B: Energy & Environment

Agriculture and Deforestation
Teevrat Garg, Ryan Abman, Yao Pan, Saurabh Singhal

Household Electrification and Labor Supply: Experimental Evidence from El Salvador
Manuel Barron, Maximo Torero

Enforcement in Electricity Services: Evidence from a Randomized Smart Meter Experiment
Robyn Meeks, Arstan Omuraliev, Ruslan Isaev, and Zhenxuan Wang


Session 3C: Gender-Based Violence

Cultural Norms and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
Ana Tur-Prats, Eleonora Guarnieri

The price of silence: Marriage transfers and women’s attitude toward intimate partner violence
Suzanna Khalifa

The Silenced Women: Can Public Activism Stimulate Reporting of Violence Against Women?
Abhilasha Sahay


Session 3D: Local Institutions

Matrilineal Kinship and Spousal Cooperation: Evidence from the Matrilineal Belt
Sara Lowes

Got (clean) milk? Transparency, governance, and incentives for cleanliness in Indian dairy cooperatives
Ashish Shenoy, Manaswini Rao

Political Decentralisation and Forest Conservation: Evidence from India’s Scheduled Areas
Apoorva Lal, Saad Gulzar, Ben Pasquale

Religion and the Scope of Morality: Evidence from Exposure to Missions in the DRC
Augustin Bergeron

3:30 – 5:00 pm PDT: Concurrent Sessions IV

Session 4A: Jobs

Using Household Grants to Benchmark the Cost Effectiveness of a USAID Workforce Readiness Program
Craig McIntosh, Andrew Zeitlin

The Apprenticeship-to-Work Transition: Experimental Evidence from Ghana
Jamie McCasland, Isaac Mbiti, Morgan Hardy, Isabelle Salcher

Job Loss, Credit and Crime in Colombia
Gaurav Khanna, Carlos Medina, Anant Nyshadham, Christian Posso and Jorge Tamayo

The Effects of Trade-Induced Worker Displacement on Health and Mortality in Mexico
Sofia Fernandez Guerrico


Session 4B: Climate Change & Pollution

The Impact of Access to Clean Water on Cognitive and Physical Development: Evidence from Mexico’s Programa de Agua Limpia
Ryan Brown, Sonia Bhalotra, Atheendar Venkataramani

Characterizing the contribution of high temperatures to sustained child undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jesse Anttila-Hughes, Rachel Baker

Climate Change and the Opportunity Cost of Conflict
Michele Muller-Itten, Kevin Roche, Diogo Bolster, David Dralle, Marc Muller


Session 4C: Provider Incentives

Reporting Peers’ Wrongdoing: Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Financial Incentives on Morally Controversial Behavior
Stefano Fiorin

Overcoming Adverse Selection through Performance Pay
Christina Brown, Tahir Andrabi

Organizational Mission, Financial Rewards and Performance of Public Sector Personnel
Muhammad Yasir Khan

Private Hospital Responses to Reimbursement Rates Under Government Health Insurance in India
Radhika Jain, Pascaline Dupas


Session 4D: Risk

Adaptive Risk-Taking: Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries
Remy Levin, Daniela Vidart

Inferring Informal Risk-Sharing Regimes: Evidence from Rural Tanzania
Ethan Ligon, Zhimin Li

Risk Preferences and Risk Pooling in Networks: Theory and Evidence from Community Detection in Ghana
Daniel Putman

Insurance and Propagation in Village Networks
Diego Vera-Cossio, Cynthia Kinnan, Krislert Samphantarak, Robert Townsend


Session 4E: Politicians & Autocrats

Watching the State: Can Technologies Promote (a Sense of) Democracy?
Anastasiia Faikina

Why Pay the Chief? Land Rents and Political Selection in Indonesia
Gedeon Lim

Too Close to Call: Electoral Competition and Politician Behavior in India
Mahvish Shaukat

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