Development Studies Workshop

2019 Development Studies Workshop & SEBOL Mid-Year Meeting

1800 I Street, NW. Washington, DC 20006
July 26th, 2019

The Society of Bolivian Economists (SEBOL) is organizing a mid-year meeting to promote the interaction of members of SEBOL with international scholars. We are aiming to build a network of collaborators to foster novel ideas and break new ground in development studies.

The meeting will be a one-day workshop to showcase 10 research papers. Each paper will be first presented by its author, then discussed by an invited scholar, and last discussed in plenary session. All presentations will be delivered in English.


8:00 – 8:30. Arrival and registration.
8:30 – 8:40. Welcome and opening remarks.
Session 1. The political economy of development.
8:40 – 9:20. All is Water: Historical Causes and Consequences of Agrarian Development in 20th Century India.

Presenter: Aaditya Dar, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Discussant: Walter Valdivia, George Mason University

9:20 – 10:00. Political Alignment and Access to Subnational Credit: Evidence from Local Governments in Mexico.

Presenter: Bruno Lopez-Videla, UC San Diego
Discussant: Miguel Sarzosa, Purdue University

10:00 – 10:10 Coffee break
Session 2. Population control and education.
10:10 – 10:50. Broken trust: The consequences of the forced sterilizations in Peru.

Presenter: Kattya Quiroga Velasco, University of Maryland
Discussant: Fernando Saltiel, University of Maryland

10:50 – 11:30. Effects of a Reduction in Credit Constraints on Educational Attainment: Evidence from Chile.

Presenter: Andres Garcia, Universidad Los Andes Chile
Discussant: Patricia Yañez, BID Invest

11:30 – 12:10. Newly Graduates in the Labor Market: The Efficiency Frontier of Higher Education Institutions.

Presenter: Fabiola Saavedra, Université Catholique de Louvain
Discussant: Miguel Urquiola, Columbia University

12:10 – 13:00. Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00. Keynote address: Miguel Urquiola, Columbia University.
Is Education Consumption or Investment? Implications for School Competition.
Session 3. Violence, displacement, and shocks.
14:00 – 14:40. Violent Crime and Intrahousehold Bargaining: The Mexican Drug War.

Presenter: Maria Hernandez-de-Benito, Georgetown University
Discussant: Owen Ozier, World Bank

14:40 – 15:20. Productivity and displacement: evidence from Colombia’s illegal drug production.

Presenter: Alejandro Herrera, INESAD
Discussant: Maria del Pilar Lopez-Uribe, Universidad de Los Andes

15:20 – 16:00. The limits of informal insurance and the propagation of idiosyncratic shocks through economic networks.

Presenter: Diego Vera-Cossio, IADB
Discussant: Pamela Jakiela, Center for Global Development

16:00 – 16:10. Coffee break
Session 4. The impact of cultural norms.
16:10 – 16:50. Does Electoral Pressure Lead to Better Government Performance?

Presenter: Abigail Peralta, Louisiana State University
Discussant: Pablo Cuba-Borda, Federal Reserve Board

16:50 – 17:30. Haggling for a smoke: an experimental study of price discrimination in Mexico City’s informal cigarette markets.

Presenter: Lissandra Ellyne, University of Nebraska
Discussant: Gustavo Canavire, IADB

17:30. Adjourn

Continue the conversation in an informal gathering for happy hour.

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