The second of three NBER conferences on "Economic Research on African Development Successes" took place in Accra, Ghana on July 18-20, 2010. The conference organizers, all NBER Research Associates, were Sebastian Edwards of the University of California, Los Angeles, Simon Johnson of MIT, and David N. Weil of Brown University.
Fifteen research projects were discussed at the meeting. They are:
- "New Cellular Networks in Malawi: Correlates of Service Rollout and Network Performance"
Dmitrios Batzilis, University of Chicago; Taryn Dinkelman, Princeton University; Emily Oster, University of Chicago and NBER; Rebecca Thornton, University of Michigan; and Deric Zanera, National Statistical Office, Malawi
- "The Returns to the Brain Drain and Brain Circulation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Computations Using Data from Ghana"
Yaw Nyarko, New York University
- "Healing the Wounds: Learning from Sierra Leone's Post-war Institutional Reforms"
Katherine Casey, Brown University; Rachel Glennerster, MIT; and Edward Miguel, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER
- "Fifteen Years On: Household Incomes in South Africa"
Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town, and James Levinsohn, Yale University and NBER
- "The Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World"
Nathan Nunn, Harvard University and NBER, and Nancy Qian, Yale University and NBER
- "The Financial System in Burundi: An Investigation of its Efficiency in Resource Mobilization and Allocation"
Leonce Ndikumana, African Development Bank; Janvier Nkurunziza, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and Prime Nyamoya, OGI Consulting Group, Burundi
- "AGOA Rules: The intended and unintended development consequences of Special Fabric Provisions"
Lawrence Edwards, University of Cape Town, and Robert Z. Lawrence, Harvard University and NBER
- "Mobile Banking: The Impact of M-Pesa in Kenya"
Isaac Mbiti, Southern Methodist University, and David N. Weil, Brown University and NBER
- "Mauritius: African Success Story" (NBER Working Paper No. 16569)
Jeffrey Frankel, Harvard University and NBER
- "Discussion Sessions Coupled with Microfinancing May Enhance the Role of Women in Household Decision-Making in Burundi"
Radha Iyengar, London School of Economics and NBER, and Giulia Ferrari, London School of Economics
- "The Unofficial Economy in Africa"
Rafael La Porta, Dartmouth College and NBER, and Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University and NBER
- "Girl Power: Cash Transfers and Female Empowerment (Malawi)"
Sarah Baird, George Washington University; Ephraim Chirwa, University of Malawi Chancellor College; Jacobus de Hoop, Tinbergen Institute and VU University Amsterdaml and Berk Ozler, The World Bank
- "Were the Nigerian Banking Reforms of 2005 a Success? And for the Poor?"
Lisa Cook, Michigan State University
- "The Decline and Rise of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1961" (NBER Working Paper No. 16481)
Steven Block, Tufts University
- "African Export Successes: Surprises, Stylized Facts and Explanations"
William Easterly, New York University and NBER, and Ariell Reshef, University of Virginia
Summaries of these papers may be found here.