8th NCID Research Workshop on Development Economics

Registration form for participants

The 8th NCID Research Workshop on Development Economics will take place on April 4th-5th, 2019 at Fundación Ramón Areces in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event will be devoted to the topic “Political Economy of Development”.

Our Keynote Speaker this year will be Romain Wacziarg, Professor of Economics, since 2015 Hans Hufschmid Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and current Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an American economist and Ph.D. in Harvard, his research areas include international economics, development, and economic growth. Prof. Wacziarg is interested in what explains economic performance, causes and effects of the global spread of democracy over the last few decades, and how rooted features of societies affect their economic performance. 

At 19:30 on Thursday, Prof. Wacziarg will deliver his Keynote Address. The title of the conference is Historical Barriers to the Wealth of Nations and it will be divided between a presentation of his research on the topic first and a conversation afterwards with a journalist. 

The program of the the event with all confirmed speakers and their presentations is as follows:


09:45 - Introduction Prof. Luis Ravina, Director of the Navarra Center for International Development

10:00 - Justin Sandefur, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development - Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia

10:45 - Christelle Dumas, University of Fribourg - Better Roads, Better Off? Evidence of Improving Roads in Tanzania

11:30 - Coffee Break

12:·00 - Ana García Hernández, Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Wheels of Change: Impact of Bicycles on Female Education and Empowerment in Zambia

12:45 - Pedro Vicente, Associate Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Scientific Director at Novafrica - Does Information Break the Political Resource Curse? Experimental Evidence from Mozambique

13:30 - Lunch Break

15:00 - Marta Reynal Querol, ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Economics and Business at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Director of the IPEG - Early Human Capital and Development: the case of Latin America

15:45 - Julien Labonne, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford - Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises

16:30 - Coffee Break

17:00 - Stephane Straub, Toulouse School of Economics - Voting Corrupt Politicians Out of Office? Evidence from an Experiment in Paraguay

17:45 - Nicolas Berman, Aix Marseille School of Economics - Natural resources and ethnic identity

18:30 - Break

19:30 - Keynote Address Romain Wacziarg, UCLA - Historical Barriers to the Wealth of Nations


10:00 - Jonathan Lehne, Paris School of Economics - An opium curse? The long-run economic effects of narcotics cultivation in British India

10:45 - Ada González-Torres, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Local Media and the Spread of Ebola: Evidence from Guinea

11:30 - Coffee Break

12:00 - Stefan Klonner, Heidelberg University - Ethnic Favoritism in Targeted Welfare Programs

12:45 - Oscar Barrera, Paris School of Economics - Voting for war. The effect of electoral outcomes on conflict, evidence from Colombia

There are no registration fees, but participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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