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2016 NOVAFRICA Conference
on Economic Development in Africa

July 14th and 15th, 2016
Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Keynote Presentations

Stefan Dercon

Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford

David McKenzie

Lead Economist at the World Bank

Edward Miguel

Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

Organizers

Cátia Batista

Universidade Nova de Lisboa | CReAM | IZA

Pedro Vicente

Universidade Nova de Lisboa | BREAD

Arrival Information

Airplane

The easiest way to come to Lisbon is by airplane. The Lisbon Portela Airport connects Lisbon to more than 100 destinations. The airport is 7km away from the city centre. After arriving you can take the metro (every day from 6.30am until 1.00am), which will only take approximately 30 minutes to the venue and it will cost 1.90€. You can also take the airport shuttle that connects the airport to the city centre (every day from 7.00am until 23.20pm), which will cost 3.50€. Alternatively you can also take a taxi which will cost approximately 10€ or rent a car at the airport (all price are reference prices). Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary from time to time). Find out more here.

Train

You can travel overnight by train. There are trains connecting Madrid (Lusitânia Comboio Hotel), Vigo (Celta train) and Irun (Sud Expresso) to Lisbon.

Local Accommodation

Intercontinental Lisboa

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135€/Night – Single Deluxe Room | 155€/Night – Double Deluxe Room

Location: 9 minutes walking to conference venue
Instructions: Email Carla Coutinho referring to NOVAFRICA Conference via carla.coutinho@ihg.com.

Hotel Real Palácio 5*****

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80€/Night – Single Room | 90€/Night – Double Room

Location: 8/9 minutes walking to conference venue
Instructions: Go to the website,choose the hotel (Hotel Real Palácio), and on the window “Corporate/Promotion Code”, insert the code “104”.

Hotel Real Parque 4****

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60€/Night – Single Room | 70€/Night

Location: 9/10 minutes walking to conference venue
Instructions: Go to the website,choose the hotel (Hotel Real Parque), and on the window “Corporate/Promotion Code”, insert the code “104”.

Sana Executive

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Location: 5 minutes distance by taxi to conference venue
Instructions: Email sanaexecutive@sanahotels.com, referring to NOVAFRICA Conference and you will benefit 20% reduction on the price.

Sana Rex

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Location: 8/9 minutes walking to conference venue
Instructions: Email sanarex@sanahotels.com, referring to NOVAFRICA Conference and you will benefit 20% reduction on the price.

Program

Please find a printable version of the program here.

Pre-Conference Event: 1st NOVAFRICA Workshop on Migration and Development

See here for further information.

JUL 14th

Palacete Henrique de Mendonça

 

08h30
Registration

 

09h00
Opening
Daniel Traça

Dean, Nova School of Business and Economics

09h30
Keynote Address
Stefan Dercon

Chief Economist at UK-AID and Professor of Economics at University of Oxford

10h30
Coffee Break

 

11h00
Parallel Sessions A:
Finance (Sala de Jantar)
Banking with Agents – Experimental Evidence from Senegal

Presenter: Sinja Buri, International Finance Corporation
Discussant: Martin Fouraux Koppensteiner

Financial Inclusion Households and Welfare – Evidence from the Expansion of Mobile Money in Tanzania

Presenter: Martin Fouraux Koppensteiner, University of Leicester
Discussant: Emma Riley

Mobile Money and Risk Sharing against Aggregate Shocks

Presenter: Emma Riley, University of Oxford
Discussant: Catia Batista

Introducing Mobile Money in Mozambique – Evidence from a Field Experiment

Presenter: Catia Batista, Nova School of Business and Economics
Discussant: Sinja Buri

Education (Sala dos Azulejos)
Smarter Social Protection? Impacts of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net on Child Cognitive Achievement

Presenter: Catherine Porter, Heriott-Watt University
Discussant: Yannick Dupraz

French and British Colonial Legacies in Education: A Natural Experiment in Cameroon

Presenter: Yannick Dupraz, Paris School of Economics
Discussant: Sophia Kan

Evaluating UPE in Uganda: The Impact of School Fee Reduction on Educational Outcomes

Presenter: Sophia Kan, University of Göttingen
Discussant: Kim Lehrer

Learning from Peers: Experimental Evidence of Group Learning in Senior High School in Ghana

Presenter: Kim Lehrer, University of Oxford
Discussant: Catherine Porter

13h00
Lunch

 

14h00
Keynote Address
Edward Miguel

Professor at University of California, Berkeley
Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

15h00
Coffee Break

 

15h30
Parallel Sessions B:
Political Economy (Sala de Jantar)
Democratic Spillovers – Rent-Seeking Elites, Mobile Capital, and the Coevolution of Political Institutions

Presenter: Arthur Silve, Harvard University
Discussant: Michele Valsecchi

Ethnic Favoritism: an Axiom of Politics?

Presenter: Michele Valsecchi, University of Gothenburg
Discussant: Patrick Domingues

On the Economic Consequences of Political Turnover: Evidence from Mozambican Firms

Presenter: Patrick Domingues, Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)
Discussant: Guy Grossman

The Effect of Administrative Unit Creation on Electoral Behavior: Evidence from Senegal

Presenter: Guy Grossman, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Arthur Silve

Health (Sala dos Azulejos)
The Health Costs of Ethnic Distance: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Presenter: Joseph Flavian Gomes, University of Navarra
Discussant: Yuya Kudo

Malaria Infection and Fetal Growth during the War: Evidence from Liberia

Presenter: Yuya Kudo, Institute of Development Economies
Discussant: Berber Kramer

From Awareness to Adverse Selection: Cardiovascular Risk and Health Insurance Decisions

Presenter: Berber Kramer, International Food Policy Research Institute
Discussant: Ram Fishman

The Green Revolution and Infant Mortality: Evidence from 600,000 Children

Presenter: Ram Fishman, George Washington University
Discussant: Joseph Flavian Gomes

17h30
Coffee Break

 

18h00
Policy Roundtable (Sala de Jantar)
Economic Development and Natural Resources in Africa

 

JUL 15th

Palacete Henrique de Mendonça

 

09h00
Parallel Sessions C:
Insurance (Sala de Jantar)
Coping With Health Shocks: Remittances, Insurance or Both? Evidence from Financial and Health Diaries Data in Kenya

Presenter: Berber Kramer, International Food Policy Research Institute
Discussant: Renate Hartwig

Strategic Positioning in Savings Groups – The Insurance Role of ROSCAs Revisited

Presenter: Renate Hartwig, University of Namur
Discussant: Kelly Jones

Improving Shock Coping with Personal Savings: Implications for Sexual Behavior in Kenya

Presenter: Kelly Jones, International Food Policy Research Institute
Discussant: Teresa Molina

Regional Migration, Insurance and Economic Shocks: Evidence from Nicaragua

Presenter: Teresa Molina, Nova School of Business and Economics
Discussant: Berber Kramer

Labor (Sala dos Azulejos)
Self-Employment, Capital and Job Search: Evidence from a Structural Model

Presenter: Michael Koelle, University of Oxford
Discussant: Yuki Higuchi

Short and Longer Run Impacts of Kaizen Management Training: The Case in Tanzania

Presenter: Yuki Higuchi, Nagoya City University
Discussant: Armando José Garcia Pires

Gender and Entrepreneurial Success: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Presenter: Armando José Garcia Pires, Norwegian School of Economics
Discussant: Juan Pablo Rud

Wage Dispersion, Job Creation and Development: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa Preliminary

Presenter: Juan Pablo Rud, University of London
Discussant: Michael Koelle

11h00
Coffee Break

 

11h30
Parallel Sessions D:
Agriculture (Sala de Jantar)
Time vs. State in Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Contract Farming in Kenya

Presenter: Jack Willis, Harvard University
Discussant: Ram Fishman

How Sustainable are Benefits from Extension for Smallholder Women Farmers? Evidence from a ‘Reverse-Randomized Control Trial’ in Uganda

Presenter: Ram Fishman, Goerge Washington University
Discussant: Pedro Vicente

Agricultural Savings and Network Pressure: Experimental Evidence using Mobile Money in Mozambique

Presenter: Pedro Vicente, Nova School of Business and Economics
Discussant: Jack Willis

Conflict (Sala dos Azulejos)
War and Local Governance: Evidence from Angolan Veterans

Presenter: Wolfgang Stojetz, Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Studies
Discussant: Arinze Nwokolo

Oil Price Shocks and Civil Conflict in Nigeria

Presenter: Arinze Nwokolo, University of Navarra
Discussant: Ameet Morjaria

Guns and Roses: Flower Exports and Electoral Violence in Kenya

Presenter: Ameet Morjaria, Kellogg School of Management
Discussant: Wolfgang Stojetz

13h00
Lunch

 

14h00
Keynote Address
David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

15h00
Parallel Sessions E:
Networks (Sala de Jantar)
Leader Networks and Targeting: A Randomized Controlled Trial testing the Effectiveness of Local Religious and Governmental Leaders

Presenter: Molly Lipscomb, University of Virginia
Discussant: Dany Jaimovich

The Evolution of Networks during the Development Process: Evidence from Rural Gambia

Presenter: Dany Jaimovich, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Discussant: Emilia Tjernström

Signals, Similarity and Seeds: Social Learning in the Presence of Imperfect Information and Heterogeneity

Presenter: Emilia Tjernström, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discussant: Alex Coutts

Social Learning in Experimental Games: Evidence from Rwanda

Presenter: Alex Coutts, Nova School of Business and Economics
Discussant: Molly Lipscomb

Households (Sala dos Azulejos)
Income Hiding and Informal Redristribution – A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Senegal

Presenter: Paola Villar, Paris School of Economics
Discussant: Pauline Rossi

Strategic Choices in Polygamous Households – Theory and Evidence from Senegal

Presenter: Pauline Rossi, University of Amsterdam
Discussant: Olivia Bertelli

Beyond Profits – The Non-Monetary Benefits of Cattle Rearing: Evidence from Uganda

Presenter: Olivia Bertelli, Paris School of Economics
Discussant: Matt Collin

Does Anyone Pay Attention to Age-Of-Marriage Laws? Discontinuity Evidence from 57 Developing Countries

Presenter: Matt Collin, Center for Global Development
Discussant: Paola Villar

17h00
Coffee Break

 

17h30
Parallel Sessions F:
Accountability (Sala de Jantar)
Interventions to Improve Public Service Delivery via Politician Performance – A Field Experiment in Ugandan District Governments

Presenter: Guy Grossman, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Nathan Fiala

The Impact of Social Accountability on Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence from a Large Scale Community Driven Development Program in Uganda

Presenter: Nathan Fiala, University of Connecticut
Discussant: Danila Serra

Can Patients’ Reports improve Health Providers’ Performance? Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Presenter: Danila Serra, Southern Methodist University
Discussant: Guy Grossman

Macro Approaches to Development (Sala dos Azulejos)
On a Mission from God: The Historical Roots of Development Aid Allocation

Presenter: Eivind Hammersmark Olsen, University of Oslo
Discussant: Nkunde Mwase

Revisiting the Concept of Dollarization: The Global Financial Crisis and Dollarization in Low-Income Countries

Presenter: Nkunde Mwase, International Monetary Fund
Discussant: Gerhard Toews

Resource Discoveries and FDI Bonanzas

Presenter: Gerhard Toews, University of Oxford
Discussant: Depetris Chauvin Nicolas

Examining the Export Wage Premium in Developing Countries

Presenter: Depetris Chauvin Nicolas, HEC Genève
Discussant: Eivind Hammersmark Olsen

19h30
Closing Remarks
Catia Batista and Pedro Vicente

Nova School of Business and Economics

Call For Papers – Deadline: April 4th, 2016

Invitation to submit:

We are looking for contributions on the broad theme of economic development in Africa. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: mobile money and financial innovation; natural resource management; the quality of education and health; migration, remittances and the brain drain; the quality of public services and political economy; or entrepreneurship and management practices in the African context.

Submission timetable:

Submissions of full papers (PDF files) are expected by April 4, 2016. Extended abstracts may also be submitted but priority will be given to full papers. Decisions will be made by April 14, 2016.

Submission guidelines:

Please email your submission to novafrica@novasbe.pt.