Development Economics Day Agenda

U-M, Michigan State University, and University of Notre Dame Faculty and Graduate Students Workshop

December 4, 2010. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Annenberg Auditorium. 1120 Weill Hall
By invitation only

Presenters’ names are given in italics.


9:30–10:00 a.m. Participants arrive; Continental breakfast served
10:00–10:15 a.m. Opening and Welcome
David Lam and Jan Svejnar, University of Michigan
"Introducing the Conference"
10:15–11:15 a.m. Paper I
"Can political reservations improve female empowerment? Evidence from local Panchayat elections in rural India"
Klaus Deininger, World Bank, Songqing Jin, Michigan State University, and Fang Xia, Michigan State University
11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30–12:30 p.m. Paper II
"Returns to Electricity: Evidence from the Geologic Placement of Hydropower plants in Brazil"
Molly Lipscomb, University of Notre Dame, Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University, and Tania Barham, University of Colorado at Boulder
12:30–1:30 p.m. Paper III
"Infrastructure Quality and the Subsidy Trap"
Shaun McRae, University of Michigan
1:30–2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30–3:30 p.m. Paper IV
"Matching for credit: Risk and diversification in Thai microcredit groups"
Chris Ahlin, Michigan State University
3:30–4:30 p.m. Paper V
"Exporting the Second Amendment: US Assault weapons and Homicide Rates in Mexico"
Luke Chicoine, University of Notre Dame
4:30–4:45 p.m. Break
4:45–5:45 p.m. Paper VI
"Circumcision, Information, and HIV Prevention"
Susan Godlonton, University of Michigan, and Rebecca Thornton, University of Michigan
5:45 p.m. Concluding Remarks
6:30 p.m. Informal Dinner

Sponsored by the International Policy Center and the University of Michigan Department of Economics.