A joint meeting of the NBER's Development Economics Program and BREAD (Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development) was held November 22–23 in Cambridge. Oriana Bandiera and Robin Burgess of the London School of Economics, Research Associates Melissa Dell of Harvard University, Edward Miguel of the University of California, Berkeley and Dean Yang of the University of Michigan, and Program Directors Seema Jayachandran of Northwestern University and Benjamin A. Olken of MIT organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:
Katherine Casey, Stanford University and NBER, and Niccoló Meriggi and Abou Bakarr Kamara, International Growth Centre, "An Experiment in Candidate Selection" (NBER Working Paper 26160)
Siddharth E. George, Harvard University, "Like Father, Like Son? The Effect of Political Dynasties on Economic Development"
Vittorio Bassi, University of Southern California; Tommaso Porzio, Columbia University; Ritwika Sen, Northwestern University; and Raffaela Muoio and Esau Tugume, BRAC Uganda, "Achieving Scale Collectively"
Clare Leaver, University of Oxford; Owen Ozier, The World Bank; Pieter M. Serneels, University of East Anglia; and Andrew F. Zeitlin, Georgetown University, "Recruitment, Effort, and Retention Effects of Performance Contracts for Civil Servants: Experimental Evidence from Rwandan Primary Schools"
Richard Hornbeck, University of Chicago and NBER, and Martin Rotemberg, New York University, "Railroads, Reallocation, and the Rise of American Manufacturing"
Adam Aberra and Matthieu Chemin, McGill University, "Does Legal Representation Increase Investment? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya"
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, MIT and NBER; Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Stanford University and NBER; and Matthew Jackson, Stanford University, "Changes in Social Network Structure in Response to Exposure to Formal Credit Markets"
Emily Breza, Harvard University and NBER; Supreet Kaur, University of California, Berkeley and NBER; and Yogita Shamdasani, University of Pittsburgh, "Labor Rationing: A Revealed Preference Approach from Hiring Shocks"
Matti Mitrunen, University of Chicago, "Structural Change and Intergenerational Mobility: Evidence from the Finnish War Reparations"
Dennis Egger and Michael W. Walker, University of California, Berkeley; Johannes Haushofer, Princeton University and NBER; Paul Niehaus, University of California, San Diego and NBER; Edward Miguel, "General Equilibrium Welfare Effects of Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"
Monica Martinez-Bravo and Andreas Stegmann, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI), "In Vaccines We Trust? The Effects of the CIA's Vaccine Ruse on Immunization in Pakistan"
Summaries of these papers are at www.nber.org/conferences/2019/DEVf19/summary.html