STEG Annual Conference 2024, Abu Dhabi

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​​​​​​​STEG’s fourth Annnual Conference and associated Thematic Workshops will be held between Wednesday 10 January and Wednesday 17 January at New York University, Abu Dhabi and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, campus Ciutadella, Barcelona.

CEPR’s Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) programme is proud to present the fourth Annual Conference on Structural Transformation and Economic Growth and Theme Workshops between 10 and  17 January 2024.  Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), STEG is a research initiative that aims to provide a better understanding of structural change, productivity, and growth in low- and middle-income countries. 

The conference, along with workshops on STEG Themes 0, 1 and 2 will take place in-person at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi from Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January 2024  with support from the NYU Social Science Division.  Themes 3, 4 and 5 workshops will take place the following week in Barcelona at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, campus Ciutadella, from 15 -17 January 2024Workshops 3 and 4 are funded by the European Research Council (ERC)-Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG). Presentations will stream to a broader external audience.

About the events

The STEG conference will showcase keynote talks, academic and policy panels, ongoing projects, and recent research papers related to structural transformation. Along with full-length presentations, shorter sessions will display a wide range of research, particularly by young scholars. We hope to highlight the field's diverse research and disseminate outstanding projects funded by STEG. We also hope to provide networking and engagement opportunities for early-career researchers across various institutions and geographies.

The Thematic Workshops, unlike previous online workshops, will take place in person. Facilitated by the STEG Theme Leaders, these events go into more depth on STEG’s particular focus themes.

Plenary Session Programme

[Programme PDF]

Organisers: Douglas Gollin (Tufts University and CEPR) and Joseph Kaboski (University of Notre Dame and CEPR), the STEG Research Director and STEG Head of Commissioning and Chair of the Academic Steering Committee respectively.

Thursday, 11 January - Plenary Session Day 1

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08:50 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski - Welcoming Remarks

09:00 - Robert Inklaar - “Tradability and sectoral price and productivity differences across countries”, University Of Groningen (with Ryan Marapin and Kaira Gräler) Discussant: Xiaodong Zhu (University of Hong Kong)

10:00 - Lucia Casal* - “Investment Multipliers for Development”, Cornell University(with Julieta CaunedoDiscussant: Francisco Buera (Washington University in St. Louis and CEPR)

11:00 - BREAK

11:15 - Ricardo Dahis“Decentralizing Development: Evidence from Government Splits”, Monash University (with Christiane Szerman) Discussant: Veda Narasimhan (NYU-Abu Dhabi)

12:15 - Speed Round Session 1

  • 12:15 - Nicola Limodio - “Mobile Internet, Information Frictions and Banking: Evidence from Rwanda”, Bocconi University & CEPR (with Angelo D’Andrea, Patrick Hitayezu, Kangni Kpodar and Andrea Presbitero)
  • 12:35 -Shoumitro Chatterjee - “No Country for Dying Firms: Evidence from India”, Johns Hopkins University & CEPR, (with Kala Krishna, Kalyani Padmakumar, Yingyan Zhao
  • 12:55 - Melanie Gräser* - “Industrial versus artisanal mining: The effects on local employment in Liberia”, Vienna University Of Economics And Business

13:15 - Lunch

14:15 - Yuan Tian - “Trade-Induced Urbanization and the Making of Modern Agriculture”, University Of Nottingham (with Junjie Xia and Rudai Yang) Discussant: Raul Santaeulalia (NYU-Abu Dhabi and CEPR)

15:15 - Break

15:30 - Yaw Nyarko - Lecture in Honour of Berthold Herrendorf on Technology and Development (NYU, CTED and DRI)

16:30 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski - Closing Remarks

Friday, 12 January - Plenary Session Day 2

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08:50 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski - Opening Remarks

09:00 - Anna Vitali - “Consumer Search and Firm Location: Theory and Evidence from the Garment Sector in Uganda”, Dartmouth College. Discussant: Jordan Norris (NYU-Abu Dhabi)

10:00 - Chaoran Chen - “Food Security Risk and Structural Transformation”, York University (with Trevor Tombe and Xiaodong Zhu)  Discussant: Kevin Donovan (Yale University)

11:00 -Break

11:15 - Niclas Moneke - Pivot to Power: Resolving a Local Public Good Problem”, University Of Oxford (with Torsten Figueiredo WalterDiscussant: Taryn Dinkelman (University of Notre Dame and CEPR)

12:15 - Lunch

13:15 - Speed Round Session 2

  • 13:15 - John Spray - “Coping with Climate Shocks: Food Security in a Spatial Framework”, International Monetary Fund
  • 13:35 - Celina Proffen* - “How Does Electrification Matter for Child Development? Evidence from Ethiopia”, Goethe-Universität
  • 13:55 - Minki Kim - “How Will a New Malaria Vaccine Shape Africa’s Economic Future? A Macroeconomic Analysis”, University Of Mannheim

13:55 - Break

14:15 - Fatou Thioune*“Understanding Disparate Structural Change and Growth Among Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Comparative Analysis”, University Of Hong Kong. Discussant: Rachel Ngai (Imperial College London, LSE and CEPR)

15:15 - Yongseok Shin - Keynote talk in honour of Berthold Herrendorf: "Industrial Policy: Some Theory and Evidence", Washington University in St. Louis

16:15 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski - Closing Remarks

 (*) are graduate students

If you have been selected and are having any difficulties registering for this conference, please contact Mandy Chan, Head of Events, at [email protected].

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