The final NBER conference on "Economic Research on African Development Successes" took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania on August 3-5, 2011. 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.
Seventeen research projects were discussed at the meeting. They are:
Summaries of these papers may be found
Edward Kutsoati, Tufts University, and Randall Morck, University of Alberta and NBER, "Family Ties, Inheritance Rights, and Successful Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Ghana"
Diego A. Comin, Harvard University and NBER, "An Exploration of Luxury Hotels in Tanzania"
Michael Kremer, Harvard University and NBER; Jean Lee and Olga Rostapshova, Harvard University; and Jonathan Robinson, University of California at Santa Cruz, "The Return to Capital for Small Retailers in Kenya: Evidence from Inventories"
Ilia Rainer, George Mason University, and Francesco Trebbi, University of British Columbia and NBER, "How is Power Shared in Africa?"
Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, University of Houston and NBER, and Bent Sorensen, University of Houston, "Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from Within and Across Africa"
Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University and NBER; Sarah Green, Innovations for Poverty Action; Anthony Keats, University of California at Los Angeles; and Jonathan Robinson, University of California at Santa Cruz, "Supply and Demand Challenges in Banking the Rural Poor: Evidence from Kenya"
Franklin Allen, University of Pennsylvania and NBER; Elena Carletti, European University Institute; Robert Cull, World Bank; Jun Qian, Boston College; Lemma Senbet, University of Maryland; and Patricio Valenzuela, European University Institute, "Improving Access to Banking: Evidence from Kenya"
Nicholas Wilson, Williams College, "Fertility Responses to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Scale-Up in Zambia"
Damien de Walque, World Bank; William H. Dow, University of California at Berkeley and NBER; Carol Medlin, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Rose Nathan, Ifakara Health Institute, "Stimulating Demand for AIDS Prevention: Lessons from the RESPECT Trial"
Erin Baggott and Michael Hiscox, Harvard University, and Jens Hainmueller, MIT, "Conditional Grants to Improve Public Health: Evaluating the Health Impacts of the Nigerian Conditional Grants Scheme"
Sebastian Edwards, "Tanzania: A Success Story?"
Emilie Caldeira, Auvergne University; Martial Foucault, University of Montreal; and Gregoire Rota-Graziosi, International Monetary Fund, "Does Decentralization Increase Access to Poverty-Related Services? Evidence from Benin"
Sylvain Dessy, Laval University, "The Political Economy of Government Revenues in Post-Conflict Resource-Rich Africa: Liberia and Sierra Leone"
Richard Akresh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Damien de Walque, World Bank; and Harounan Kazianga, Oklahoma State University, "Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Illness and Health Clinic Utilization in Burkina Faso"
Margaret S. McMillan, Tufts University and NBER; William Masters, Tufts University; and Harounan Kazianga, Oklahoma State University, "Demographic Pressure and Institutional Change: Village-Level Response to Rural Population Growth in Burkina Faso"
Lorenzo Casaburi, Harvard University, and Michael Kremer and Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University and NBER, "Contract Farming and Agricultural Dynamics in Western Kenya"
Jeremy D. Foltz and Ursula T. Aldana, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Paul Laris, California State University, Long Beach, "The Sahel's Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm-level"