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First NOVAFRICA Conference:
Economic Development in Africa

  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
  • First NOVAFRICA Conference: Economic Development in Africa
September 7th and 8th, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Keynote Presentations

Paul Collier

Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

Dean Karlan

Professor of Economics at Yale University and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Roger Myerson

Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Economics Nobel Prize Winner 2007

Organizers

Cátia Batista

Universidade Nova de Lisboa | CReAM | IZA

Pedro Vicente

Universidade Nova de Lisboa | BREAD | CSAE-Oxford

Call For Papers – Deadline: June 21st, 2012

Invitation to submit:

 
We look for contributions on the broad theme of economic development in Africa. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: mobile banking and other technological developments to access financial services; natural resource management; the quality of education and health; migration, remittances and the brain drain; the quality of public services and political economy; management practices in the African context; or the challenges of urbanization and infrastructure.

Submission timetable:

 
Submissions of full papers (pdf files) are expected by June 21, 2012. Extended abstracts may also be submitted but priority will be given to full papers. Decisions will be made by June 30, 2012.

Submission guidelines:

 
Please email your submission to Raquel Fernandes at novafrica@novasbe.pt. For additional information, please visit www.novafrica.org.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for selected participants in the program.

Local Accomodation

Rates guaranteed using “NOVAFRICA” reservation code until August 15th, 2012.

Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel

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Single room 145 EUR | Double room 165 EUR (includes all taxes, breakfast and free wireless internet)

Sana Malhoa Hotel

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Single room 80 EUR | Double room 90 EUR (includes all taxes and breakfast)

People

Paul Collier

Paul Collier
Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

 
Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University. He took a five year Public Service leave, 1998-2003, during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is also a Professeur invité at CERDI, Université d’Auverge, and at Paris 1.
In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize.
His second book, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places was published in March 2009; and his latest book, The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature was published in May of this year, 2010.
Paul is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank; and he has advised the British Government on its recent White Paper on economic development policy.
He has been writing a monthly column for the Independent, and also writes for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan
Professor of Economics at Yale University and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

 
Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. Karlan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, he is co-Founder of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts. In 2011, Karlan co-authored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Karlan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of financial decision-making, specifically employing experimental methodologies to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in microfinance, health, behavioral economics and charitable giving. In microfinance, he has studied credit impact, interest rate policy, savings product design, credit scoring policies, entrepreneurship training, and group versus individual liability. Karlan received a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia. Blogs regularly on Freakonomics.

Roger Myerson

Roger Myerson
Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Economics Nobel Prize Winner 2007

 
Roger Myerson is professor of economics at University of Chicago and the author of Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict (1991) and Probability Models for Economic Decisions (2005). He also has published numerous articles in Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Decisions, and the International Journal of Game Theory, for which he served as an editorial board member for 10 years.
Doctorate by Harvard University, taught for 25 years in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University before coming to the University of Chicago in 2001. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of his contributions to mechanism design theory.

Cátia Batista

Cátia Batista
Universidade Nova de Lisboa | CReAM | IZA

 
Cátia Batista is an Assistant Professor at Nova University of Lisbon. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Portuguese Catholic University. Catia’s main research interests are on international migration and capital flows, economic growth, income inequality, and education. She has lectured macroeconomics and international economics at the departments of Economics of the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin. In the past she has also worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Portuguese Catholic University. She is currently affiliated as a researcher with CReAM (London, UK), IIIS (Dublin, Ireland), IZA (Bonn, Germany), and she is also a consultant for the IGC (International Growth Center, based at the LSE and at Oxford). Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics and the World Bank Economic Review.

Pedro Vicente

Pedro Vicente
Universidade Nova de Lisboa | BREAD | CSAE-Oxford

 
Pedro Vicente is an associate professor of economics at Nova School of Business and Economics, and an invited lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Pedro researches on development economics, with an emphasis on political economy issues, and a special interest in Africa. He designed and conducted field work (including randomized field experiments) in Mozambique, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. He has published articles in top field journals such as the Journal of Development Economics.
Pedro holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and is affiliated with BREAD (Duke University, USA) and with the CSAE (University of Oxford, UK). He is Lead Academic for Mozambique at the IGC (International Growth Center based at the LSE and Oxford), and a consultant for the World Bank.

Program

SEP 7th

Auditorium B of the UNL Rectorate

 

09h00
Institutional Address
Luís Brites Pereira

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal

António Bensabat Rendas

Rector Universidade Nova de Lisboa

10h15
Portuguese Speaking African Countries and Economic Development in Africa
Luísa Diogo

Chairwoman Banco Barclays Moçambique
Former Prime Minister and Former Finance Minister of Mozambique

11h00
Human Resources: Subject and Object of a Same Scenario for a Developing Africa
José Octávio Serra Van-Dúnem

Associate Professor at the Law School and Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of the Law Agostinho Neto University

11h45
Closing Address
José Ferreira Machado

Dean, Nova School of Business and Economics

Palacete Henrique Mendonça

 

13h30

Azulejos Room

Keynote Address:
Standards for State-Building Interventions
Roger Myerson

Professor of Economics, University of Chicago 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics

14h45
Parallel Sessions A:
Networks Session (Azulejos Room)

Chair: Pedro Vicente | Nova SBE, Portugal

Social Networks, Financial Literacy And Index Insurance

Presenter: Muthoni Ngatia, Tufts University, USA.
Discussant: Fazeer Rahim, Nova SBE, Portugal.

Think as Mother Thinks or Think as Mother Does:
On Intergenerational Transmission to Daughters and Sons

Presenter: Fazeer Rahim, Nova SBE, Portugal.
Discussant: Pedro Vicente, Nova SBE, Portugal.

Voting and Peer Effects:
Experimental Evidence in Mozambique

Presenter: Pedro Vicente, Nova SBE, Portugal.
Discussant: Muthoni Ngatia, Tufts University, USA.

Management and Entrepreneurship
Session
(Espelhos Room)

Chair: Nadim Habib, Nova SBE, Portugal

Human and financial capital for microenterprise development:
Evidence from a field and lab experiment

Presenter: Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway.
Discussant: Joana Story, Nova SBE, Portugal.

Leadership and Management In Sub-Saharan Africa:
Research Streams and Possible Directions

Presenter: Joana Story, Nova SBE, Portugal.
Discussant: Nadim Habib, Nova SBE, Portugal.

A Model of African Entrepreneurship

Presenter: Nadim Habib, Nova SBE, Portugal.
Discussant: Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway.

16h30
Parallel Sessions B:
Macroeconomics Session (Azulejos Room)

Chair: Rodrigo Garcia-Verdu, International Monetary Fund, USA

Macroeconomic Management and the Challenges of Recent Growth and Exogenous Shocks in Africa – Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia

Presenter: Roberto Tibana, Analitica-RJT, Mozambique.
Discussant: Irene Yackovlev, International Monetary Fund, USA.

Investing Volatile Oil Revenues in Capital-Scarce Developing Countries

Presenter: Irene Yackovlev, International Monetary Fund, USA.
Discussant: Rodrigo Garcia-Verdu, International Monetary Fund, USA.

How Inclusive Has Africa’s Recent High Growth Episode Been

Presenter: Rodrigo Garcia-Verdu, International Monetary Fund, USA.
Discussant: Roberto Tibana, Analitica-RJT, Mozambique.

Trade and Agriculture Session (Espelhos Room)

Chair: Nicolás Depetris Chauvin, African Center for Economic Transformation, Ghana

Reforming Property Rights Institutions in Developing Countries:
Can FDI Inflows Help?

Presenter: Abdoul’ Ganiou Mijiyawa, ACET, Ghana.
Discussant: Juan Pablo Rud, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Mining, Pollution and Agricultural Productivity:
Evidence from Ghana

Presenter: Juan Pablo Rud, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
Discussant: Rodrigo Garcia-Verdu, International Monetary Fund, USA.

Market Competition in Export Cash Crops and Farm Income

Presenter: Nicolás Depetris Chauvin, ACET, Ghana.
Discussant: Abdoul’ Ganiou Mijiyawa, ACET, Ghana.

18h15

Azulejos Room

Keynote Address
Harnessing Natural Resources for Economic Development in Africa
Paul Collier

Professor of Economics, University of Oxford Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

SEP 8th

Palacete Henrique Mendonça

 

09h30

Azulejos room

Parallel Sessions C:
Health Session

Chair: Pedro Carneiro, University College London, UK

Transportation Choices, Fatalism and the Value of Statistical Life in Africa

Presenter: Gianmarco León, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.
Discussant: Pedro Carneiro, University College London, UK.

Fertility Responses to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Presenter: Nicholas Wilson, Williams College, USA.
Discussant: Gianmarco León, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.

Learning, Misallocation, and Technology Adoption: Evidence from New Malaria Therapy in Tanzania

Presenter: Achyuta Adhvaryu, Yale University, USA.
Discussant: Nicholas Wilson, Williams College, USA.

Do Public Health Interventions Crowd Out Private Health Investments?
Malaria Control Policies in Eritrea

Presenter: Pedro Carneiro, University College London, UK.
Discussant: Achyuta Adhvaryu, Yale University, USA.

Conflict Session (Espelhos Room)

Chair: Jean-Louis Arcand, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Civil Conflict and Firm Performance in Cote d’Ivoire

Presenter: Trang Tran, University of Maryland at College Park, USA.
Discussant: Jean-Louis Arcand, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

Movers or Stayers? Understanding the Drivers of IDP Camp Decongestion During Post-Conflict Recovery in Uganda

Presenter: Tilman Brück, DIW, Berlin, Germany.
Discussant: Trang Tran, University of Maryland at College Park, USA.

Armed Conflict, Household Victimization, and Child Health in Côte d’Ivoire

Presenter: Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Discussant: Tilman Brück, DIW, Berlin, Germany.

How efective are social programs during conflicts?
Evidence from the Angolan civil war

Presenter: Jean-Louis Arcand, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
Discussant: Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

11h15

Azulejos Room

Roundtable:
Economic Policy in Africa
Luís Amado

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

Jorge Braga de Macedo

Professor of Economics at Nova SBE, Former Minister of Finance of Portugal.

Paul Collier

Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE).

Luísa Diogo

Chairwoman Banco Barclays Moçambique, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Finance of Mozambique.

Luís Mira Amaral

CEO Banco BIC Português, Former Minister of Industry and Energy of Portugal.

João Ferreira

Deputy Dean of the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Agostinho Neto, Angola.

14h00

Azulejos Room

Keynote Address
Market Failures: using experiments to test theories with an eye towards policies
Dean Karlan

Professor of Economics, Yale University President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

09h30
Parallel Sessions D:
Finance Session (Azulejos room)

Chair: Cátia Batista, Nova SBE, Portugal

Commitments to Save: A Field Experiment in Rural Malawi

Presenter: Xavier Giné, World Bank, USA.
Discussant: Ole Dahl Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

The impact of community-managed microfinance in rural Malawi. Evidence from a cluster randomized control trial.

Presenter: Ole Dahl Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
Discussant: Cátia Batista, Nova SBE, Portugal.

Introducing Mobile Banking in Rural Areas of Mozambique:
Preliminary Evidence from a Field Experiment

Presenter: Cátia Batista, Nova SBE, Portugal
Discussant: Xavier Giné, World Bank, USA.

Education Session (Espelhos room)

Chair: Pieter Serneels, East Anglia, UK

Heterogeneity in Subjective Wellbeing:
An Application to Occupational Allocation in Africa
Presenter: Paolo Falco, Oxford University, UK.
Discussant: Vitor Pereira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Promise of Preschool in Africa:
A Randomized Impact Evaluation of Early Childhood Development in Rural Mozambique

Presenter: Vitor Pereira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Discussant: Pieter Serneels, East Anglia, UK.

Information and collective action in community monitoring of schools:
Field and lab experimental evidence from Uganda

Presenter: Pieter Serneels, East Anglia, UK.
Discussant: Paolo Falco, Oxford University, UK.

17h00

Azulejos Room

Plenary Session:
Introducing Mobile Banking in Mozambique
Santos Gonzaga Jeque

Carteira Móvel, Mozambique.

18h00
Closing Remarks