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Add to Calendar 2019-01-14 12:30 2019-01-14 14:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - DEC Lecture Series: The Role of Savings in Developing Countries DEC Lecture Series: The Role of Savings in Developing Countries Live Online The World bank [email protected]
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DEC Lecture Series: The Role of Savings in Developing Countries

January 14, 2019 | 12:30 to 14:00 ET, 17:30 to 19:00 GMT

MC 13-121, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

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  Featured Speaker
  (January 14, 2019)

  Jessica Goldberg

University of Maryland, College Park

The Role of Savings in Developing Countries


About this Lecture

Banking the “unbanked”, especially the poor, has been high on the financial inclusion agenda. A range of studies show that the providing savings accounts to poor households in developing countries can result in increased investments in productive activities and higher levels of household consumption.  However, there are still gaps in the evidence on how savings accounts might improve the lives of the poor. Take-up of savings accounts remains substantially higher than utilization. Deposit and withdrawal patterns do not always map directly to the observed welfare impacts.  And the design of savings products — including commitment features or the use of mobile money — may have different implications, especially for households facing different needs and constraints.  Drawing on both theoretical and empirical motives for and constraints to saving for households in developing countries, this lecture focuses on what we know, what we do not yet know, and key avenues for future research to influence improved design of financial inclusion products.

2018 DEC Lectures

VIEW THE REPLAY: Wednesday, January 31: Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, February 6: Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, March 13: Pinelopi Goldberg, Yale University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, April 24: Rohini Pande, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, May 21: Oriana Bandiera, LSE

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, June 18: Rema Hanna, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, July 16: Dina Pomeranz, University of Zurich

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, October 22: Alice Evans, King's College London

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, November 27: Gita Gopinath, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Wednesday, December 12: Nancy Qian, Northwestern University

Monday, January 14, 2019: Jessica Goldberg, University of Maryland

Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University

Monday, May 6, 2019: Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University


Tavneet Suri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Chief Economist, World Bank

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

London School of Economics

Harvard University

University of Zurich

Harvard University

King's College London

Northwestern University

University of Maryland

Northwestern University

Bocconi University

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