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Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2018: Political Incentives and Development Outcomes

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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. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on June 25-26, 2018 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be "Political Incentives and Development Outcomes."


Livestream Agenda 

  • June 25, 2018 - 09:15-10:15 AM ET
    Keynote Address 1: Political Obstacles to Development
    - Chair: Asli Demirgüc-Kunt (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank)
    - Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago, United States)


  • June 25, 2018 - 14:00-15:00 PM ET
    Keynote Address 2: “The Narrow Corridor to Liberty: The Red Queen and the Struggle of State Versus Society"
    -Chair: Deborah Wetzel (Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank)
    -Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States) 


  • June 26, 2018 - 12:30-14:00 PM ET
    Politics and Development: What Have We Learned and What Do we Need to Know? 
    -Kaushik Basu (Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University and former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank)
    -Francois Bourguignon (Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics and former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank) 
    -Shanta Devarajan (Acting WBG Chief Economist and Senior Director Development Economics, World Bank) 
    -Anne Krueger (Senior Research Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University and former Vice President, Economics and Research, World Bank)