Conference Schedule

The PacDev 2018 Conference will be held on Saturday, March 10 on the UC Davis campus. Sessions and events will run from 8:00am - 6:30pm and be held at the International Center (map below).

Downloadable Conference Schedule

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. : Breakfast and Registration

9:30 - 10:50 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions I

Session 1A: Women's Empowerment: Political & Institutional Change

Moderator: Beth Katz, University of San Francisco (Room 1213)

Marriage Markets and the Rise of Dowry in India
Gaurav Chiplunkar and Jeffrey Weaver
Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership Positions: Can Expanding the Pipeline Increase Parity?
Ryan Brown, Hani Mansour and Stephen O’Connell
Policy or Perception? Women’s Political Liberalization and Sex-selection in India
Nabaneeta Biswas

Session 1B: Hope, Hopelessness & Poverty

Moderator: Bruce Wydick, University of San Francisco (Room 1206)

Developing Educational and Vocational Aspirations through International Child Sponsorship: Evidence from Kenya, Indonesia, and Mexico
Phillip H. Ross, Paul Glewwe, Daniel Prudencio and Bruce Wydick
Income, Psychological Well-being, and the Dynamics of Poverty: Evidence from South Africa
M Alloush
Can Hope Elevate Microfinance? Evidence from Oaxaca, Mexico
Ruben Irvin Rojas Valdes, Bruce Wydick and Travis J. Lybbert
Violence & The Formation of Hopelessness in Colombia
Andres Moya and Michael R. Carter

Session 1C: Local Governance & Participation

Moderator: Arman Rezaee, UC Davis (Room 1204)

Targeting Credit Through Community Members
Diego A. Vera-Cossio
Rescuing Autocracy from Itself: China's Anti-Corruption Campaign
Xi Lu and Peter Lorentzen
Resistance is Futile? Institutional and Geographic Factors in China's Great Famine
Elizabeth Gooch
Voice and Action: Can Communities Change Education Outcomes? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Pakistan
Salman Asim and Amina Riaz

Session 1D: Risk Sharing, Savings & Investment

Moderator: Monica Singhal, UC Davis(Room 1208)

In-Kind Transfers as Insurance
Lucie Gadenne, Samuel Norris, Monica Singhal and Sandip Sukhtankar
The Long-Term Effects of Temporary Incentives to Save: Evidence from a Prize-Linked Savings Experiment in Mexico
Paul Gertler, Sean Higgins, Aisling Scott and Enrique Seira
Imperfect Monitoring and Informal Risk Sharing: The Role of Social Ties
Prachi Jain

Session 1E: Structural Change & Resource (Mis)Allocation

Moderator: Ashish Shenoy, UC Davis (Room 1210)

At What Price? Price Supports, Agricultural Productivity, and Misallocation
Nandita Krishnaswamy
Structural Change with Input-Output Linkage
Hang Hu
Allocation of Female Talent and Cross-Country Productivity Differences
Munseob Lee

10:50 - 11:15 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions II

Session 2A: Women's Decisionmaking Power: Economics, Law and Domestic Violence

Moderator: Michael Carter, UC Davis (Room 1213)

Domestic Violence, Decision-Making Power and Female Employment in Colombia
Johanna Fajardo-Gonzalez
Divorce Laws and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Mexico
Aixa Garcia-Ramos
Competing for the Benefit of Offspring Eliminates the Gender Gap in Competitiveness
Alessandra Cassar, Feven Wordofa and Y. Jane Zhang

Session 2B: Health & Behavioral Economics

Moderator: Nick Magnan, University of Georgia (Room 1206)

Does Children’s Education Matter for Parents’ Health and Cognition in Old Age? Evidence from China
Mingming Ma
Reflecting on Major Life Decisions: Changing Your Mind and Not Recalling It
Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Joan Hamory-Hicks, Edward Miguel and Maximilian W. Mueller
The Role of Social Signaling in Community Deworming: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya
Anne Karing and Karim Naguib

Session 2C: Quality & Delivery of Public Services

Moderator: Monica Singhal, UC Davis (Room 1204)

Political Opposition, Politician Performance, and Public Service Delivery: Evidence From Brazil
Alexander Poulsen
Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia
Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz
Teacher Wages, the Recruitment of Talent, and Academic Achievement in Rural Peru
Camila Alva, Matteo Bobba, Gianmarco Leon, Christopher A. Neilson and Marco Nieddu

Session 2D: Impacts of Shocks on Behavior & Personality: Junior Researchers' Work

Moderator: Steve Boucher, UC Davis (Room 1208)

Impacts of Frequent Weather Shocks on Peruvian Farmers’ Conservation Behavior
Heleene Tambet
Economic Valuation of Biodiversity: Measuring Willingness-to-Pay for Quinoa Conservation in Peru
Craig Scott and Sarah Elmes
Drawings from Syria's Lost Generation: Psychological Impacts of the Refugee Crisis
Rafael Panlilio
Shocks And Personality
Shikhar Mehra

Session 2E: Industrialization & Industrial Organization

Moderator: Gaurav Khanna, UC San Diego(Room 1210)

Structural Transformation and Spillovers from Industrial Areas
David Blakeslee, Ritam Chaurey, Ram Fishman and Samreen Malik
Industrialization from Scratch: The 'Third Front' and Local Economic Development in China's Hinterland
Jingting Fan and Ben Zou
Insecurity and Industrial Organization: Evidence from Afghanistan
Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani, Sylvan Herskowitz, Ethan B. Kapstein, Thomas Sherer and Ott Toomet

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Paul Niehaus

2:10 - 3:30 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions III

Session 3A: Education

Moderator: Diana Moreira, UC Davis (Room 1213)

Increasing Students' Aspirations: The Impact of Queen of Katwe on Students' Educational Attainment
Emma Riley
Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda
Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman and Anna Vitali
Trickle-Down Education? Effects of Elite Public Colleges on Primary and Secondary Schooling Markets in India
Maulik Jagnani and Gaurav Khanna
Incentivizing Standards or Standardizing Incentives? Affirmative Action in India
Gaurav Khanna

Session 3B: Violence & Conflict

Moderator: Arman Rezaee, UC Davis (Room 1206)

The Reach of Radio: Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization
Alex Armand, Paul Atwell and Joseph Gomes
Did the Invasion of Afghanistan Deter Ungoverned Spaces? Not in Africa
Mitch Downey
Conflict and Trade: Evidence from Russian-Ukranian Trade Transactions
Vasily Korovkin and Alexey Makarin
Losing your Cool: Psychological Mechanisms in the Temperature-Crime Relationship in Mexico
Gordon C. McCord and Aleister Montfort

Session 3C: Political Economy: Social and Geographic Distance & Bureaucratic Turnover

Moderator: Steven Helfland, UC Riverside (Room 1204)

Social Proximity and Bureaucrat Performance: Evidence from India
Guo Xu, Marianne Bertrand and Robin Burgess
Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover, and the Quality of Public Services
Mitra Akhtari, Diana Moreira and Laura Trucco
The Cost of Distance: Geography and Governance in Rural India
Sam Asher, Karan Nagpal and Paul Novosad

Session 3D: Assets & Technology Adoption in Agriculture

Moderator: Steve Boucher, UC Davis (Room 1208)

Agricultural Technology Adoption, Market Participation, and Price Risk in Kenya
Samuel S. Bird
Allocative Inefficiency under Heterogeneous Technology in Bolivian Agriculture
Travis McArthur
Short-term Impacts of a Pay-it-Forward Livestock Transfer and Training Program in Nepal
Sarah Janzen, Nicholas Magnan and William M. Thompson
Locus of Control and Investment Behavior Among Smallholding Maize Farmers: An Empirical Study from Mozambique and Tanzania
Jonathan Malacarne

Session 3E: Firm Productivity & Wage Work

Moderator: Ashish Shenoy, UC Davis (Room 1210)

Estimating the Production Function when Firms are Constrained
Ajay Shenoy
Environmental Regulation and Firm Productivity in China: Estimates from a Regression Discontinuity Design
Guojun He, Shaoda Wang and Bing Zhang
Microenterprises and the Lure of Wage Work: Theory and Evidence from Mexican Export Manufacturing
Michael Koelle

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Break

4:00 - 5:20 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions IV

Session 4A: Political Economy: Information, Entry & Elections

Moderator: Arman Rezaee, UC Davis (Room 1213)

Barriers to Political Entry: Experimental Evidence from Local Government Elections in Pakistan
Saad Gulzar and Muhammad Yasir Khan
Can More Information Lead to More Voter Polarization? Experimental Evidence from Turkey
Ceren Baysan
Information, Accountability, and Public Goods: Evidence from Three Linked Field Experiments in Liberia
Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz
Computerization and Development: Formalizing Property Rights and its Impact on Land and Labor Markets
Sabrin Beg

Session 4B: Satellite & Other Big Data to Measure Poverty, Competition & Economic Activity

Moderator: Travis Lybbert, UC Davis (Room 1206)

Poverty Mapping Using Convolutional Neural Networks Trained on High and Medium Resolution Satellite Images, With an Application in Mexico
Boris Babenko, Jonathan Hersh, David Newhouse, Anusha Ramakrishnan, and Tom Swartz
Properties of Satellite Imagery for Measuring Economic Activity at Small Geographies
Ran Goldblatt, Kilian Heilmann, Yonatan Vaizman
Scoping for Competition in Network Industries: Evidence from Mobile Telecommunications in Rwanda
Daniel Bjorkegren

Session 4C: Tax Compliance

Moderator: Diana Moreira, UC Davis (Room 1204)

Enforcement and Compliance with Labour Legislation
Clemente Pignatti
Tax Audits as Scarecrows: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment
Marcelo L. Bergolo, Rodrigo Ceni, Guillermo Cruces, Matias Giaccobasso and Ricardo Perez-Truglia
Wealth Taxation and Evasion: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Colombia
Juliana Londono-Velez and Javier Avila

Session 4D: Environment and Development

Moderator: Steve Boucher, UC Davis (Room 1208)

Volcanic Risk and Social Behaviors: Evidence from Ecuador
Victor Stephane
The Ecological Footprint of Transportation Infrastructure
Sam Asher, Teevrat Garg and Paul Novosad
Water When it Counts: Reducing Water Scarcity Through Irrigation Monitoring in Central Mozambique
Paul Christian, Florence Kondylis, Valerie Mueller, Astrid Zwager and Tobias Siegfried

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Reception