Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2014: Keynote Speeches
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Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2014: Keynote Speeches

Rural water pump near Ulundi, South Africa. Photo: Trevor Samson / World Bank

Date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014 & Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Time: Keynote speeches start on June 2nd & June 3rd @ 9:00 a.m (13:00 GMT or convert time)
***See detailed schedule below***
Location: World Bank Headquarters (Preston Auditorium) & Online

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The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. This year the theme of the conference is "The Role of Theory in Development Economics" and will feature keynote speeches by Avinash K. Dixit, Maitreesh Ghatak, Michael Kremer, Eric S. Maskin, and Carmen Reinhart.

Keynote Speeches Agenda

Monday, June 2, 9-10:20 Preston Auditorium
“Using Theory to Inform Impact Evaluation in Development Economics" 
Michael Kremer (Harvard University, United States)

Monday, June 2, 13:30-14:20 Preston Auditorium
"The Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 and the Developing World: A Historical Perspective"
Chair: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt (Director, Research Department. World Bank)
Carmen Reinhart (Harvard University, United States)

Monday, June 2, 16:40-17:30 - Preston Auditorium
“Theories of Underdevelopment and the Development of Development Theory"
Chair: Jeffrey D. Lewis (Director, Economic Policy, Debt, and Trade Department, PREM, World Bank)
Maitreesh Ghatak (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)

Tuesday, June 3, 9-10 Preston Auditorium
“Why Haven’t Global Markets Reduced Inequality in Developing Economies?”
Chair: Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Bank)
Eric Maskin (Harvard University, United States and 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics)

Tuesday, June 3, 12:10-13:00  Preston Auditorium
"How Business Community Institutions Can Help Fight Corruption
Chair: Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Development Economics, World Bank)
Avinash K. Dixit (Princeton University, United States)


Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor, International Financial System, Harvard University
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Nobel-Laureate Economist and Harvard Professor
Professor of Economics Emeritus, Princeton University