NOVAFRICA Seminar: “Long-term and Intergenerational Effects of Education: Evidence from School Construction in Indonesia”

On Wednesday, September 26th, at 2.30 pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Richard Akresh from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to present his work. Author: Richard Akresh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing) Abstract: In 1973, the Indonesian government began one of the largest school construction programs ever. We use 2016 nationally representative data to examine... Read More

NOVAFRICA Seminar: “Keeping Up with the Joneses: Relative Performance Feedback and Business Performance”

On Wednesday, September 19th, at 14.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Julia Seither from the Nova SBE, to present her work. Author: Julia Seither (Nova SBE) Abstract: In 2017, around 74% of the total employed in Sub-Saharan Africa were self-employed. Most of these business owners have no employees and generate low incomes only. These entrepreneurs further face strong... Read More

NOVAFRICA Seminar: “Migration Desires and the Role of Integration Policies”

On Friday, September 14th, at 11.30am, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Michel Beine, from University of Luxembourg, to present his work. Author: Michel Beine (University of Luxembourg) Abstract: This paper analyses the effect of migrant integration policies on migration desires. Combining data on bilateral migration desires from over 140 origin countries and data on policies in 35 destination countries over... Read More

NOVAFRICA Seminar: “Climate change, Inequality and Migration”

On Wednesday, September 12th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Frederic Docquier, from Université Catholique de Louvain, to present his work. Author: Frederic Docquier (Université Catholique de Louvain) Abstract: This paper investigates the long-term effects of climate change on labor migration at various spatial scales (local, interregional and international). We build a two-sector, two-class, intertemporal model of the... Read More

NOVAFRICA Working Paper: “Keep It Simple: A Field Experiment on Information Sharing in Social Networks”

A new working paper has been added to the NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series. Written by Cátia Batista, Marcel Fafchamps and Pedro Vicente this paper analyzes the information sharing through text messages. Title: Keep It Simple: A Field Experiment on Information Sharing in Social Networks Authors: Cátia Batista, Marcel Fafchamps and Pedro Vicente Abstract: In this paper, we study... Read More

NOVAFRICA in the Spotlight

On July 3rd, 2018, Cátia Batista and Pedro Vicente gave an interview to the University of Notre Dame. Catia and Pedro discussed their three-year study on mobile money and its impact on the lives of rural Mozambicans. They also referred to some of their individual work in various African regions about international migration, political accountability, natural resources, technology in... Read More

NOVAFRICA Seminar: “Money and Politics: The Effects of Campaign Spending Limits on Political Entry and Competition”

On Wednesday, June 27th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Frederico Finan, from University of California – Berkeley, to present his work. Author: Frederico Finan (University of California – Berkeley) Abstract: This paper examines the effects of campaign spending limits on political entry and competition. We study a reform in Brazil that imposed limits on campaign spending... Read More

NOVAFRICA Seminar:  “Accountability, Political Capture and Selection into Politics”

On Wednesday, June 6th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Gianmarco León, from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, to present his work. Author: Gianmarco León (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Abstract: We estimate the effects of political accountability on the selection of politicians when accountability mechanisms are prone to political capture. Using a comprehensive dataset that records characteristics of candidates for... Read More

“Price Information, Inter-village Networks and ‘Bargaining Spillovers’: Experimental evidence from Ghana”

On Wednesday, May 9th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Giorgia Romagnoli, from University of Amsterdam, to present her work. Author: Giorgia Romagnoli (University of Amsterdam) Abstract: We conducted a randomized field experiment to determine the impact of providing rural farmers with commodity price information delivered via text messages on their mobile phones. Using a novel... Read More

“Access to Formal Banking and Household Finances: Experimental Evidence from India”

On Wednesday, May 2nd, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Lore Vandewalle, from The Graduate Institute Geneva, to present her work. Author: Lore Vandewalle (The Graduate Institute Geneva) Abstract: Access to formal banking is spreading across the world. Obtaining a bank account may transform how people manage their finances, and affect their savings and consumption. We report... Read More
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