STEG-IGC Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development

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​​​​​​​STEG’s third annual conference will be held on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February at the London School of Economics.

CEPR’s Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) programme and the International Growth Centre (IGC) are delighted to jointly host the Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development in recognition of the overlapping communities and interest areas of the two programmes. Both 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, while IGC is a global research centre that works with policymakers in developing countries to promote inclusive and sustainable growth through pathbreaking research.

STEG’s third annual conference will gather researchers and practitioners working in the fields of structural transformation, growth, and economic development. The conference programme features presentations and keynotes on the latest research and policy at the frontier of these areas. In addition to full-length presentations, the conference will include two sessions of short presentations to showcase the breadth of research being carried out. Through the conference, we hope to highlight the diversity of research in the field and to disseminate some of the excellent research currently being funded by STEG.Preceding this event, British International Investment (BII) is hosting the Private Sector Finance and Development Workshop on Wednesday 1 February in collaboration with the Private Sector Development Research Network (PSDRN), STEG, and the IGC.

Programme & Resources

If you weren't able to attend the conference or if you would simply like to go back and review any of the presentations, you can find all related papers, slides, and recordings (Day 1 Morning, Day 1 Afternoon, Day 2 Morning, Day 2 Afternoon), where available, on this programme.

Thursday, 2 February

08:50 - Doug Gollin, Joe Kaboski, and Jonathan LeapWelcoming Remarks

09:00 - Nathaniel Lane The Who, What, When, and How of Industrial Policy: A Text-Based Approach (with Réka Juhász, Emily Oehlsen, and Verónica C. Pérez) [slides]

10:00 - Marina Ngoma Chinese Imports and Industrialization in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia [slides]

11:00 - BREAK

11:15 - Elisa Keller Capital Embodied Structural Change (with Julieta Caunedo) [slides]

12:15 - Speed Round Session 1

13:15 - LUNCH

14:15 - STEG Partners' Panel

  • Habtamu Edjigu (STEG Research Fellow, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET))
  • Robert Inklaar (Director) and Gaaitzen de Vries (Structural Change Expert, Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC))
  • Joe Kaboski (Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame)
  • Eric Hsu (Postdoctoral Associate) and Mitchell VanVuren (Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE))

15:15 - BREAK

15:30 - Marta Santamaria Community Networks and Trade (with Johannes Boken, Lucie Gadenne, and Tushar Nandi) [slides]

16:30 - Ms. Kampeta Sayinzoga (Policy Keynote; online) Industrial Growth, Competitiveness, and Trade Policies of Rwanda: The Role of Development Banking (CEO, Development Bank of Rwanda)

17:30 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski Closing Remarks

Friday, 3 February

08:50 - Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski Opening Remarks

09:00 - Qing Huang  - Resource Rents, Urbanization, and Structural Transformation (with Victoria Wenxin Xie and Wei You) [slides]

10:00 - Allan Hsiao Sea Level Rise and Urban Adaptation in Jakarta

11:00 - BREAK

11:15 - Prof. Nina Pavcnik (Academic Keynote) Trade, Global Value Chains, and Jobs (Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College) including FDI Inflows and Domestic Firms: Adjustments to New Export Opportunities (with Brian McCaig and Woan Foong Wong) [slides]

12:45 - LUNCH

13:45 - Speed Round Session 2

14:45 - BREAK

15:00 - Nathan Barker The Effects of Female Land Inheritance on Economic Productivity in Ghana [slides]

16:00 - Tommaso Porzio Self-Employment Within the Firm (with Vittorio Bassi, Jay Lee, Alessandra Peter, Ritwika Sen, and Esau Tugume) [slides]

17:00 - Doug Gollin and Robin Burgess Closing Remarks

How to Apply to Present

Application to present at the conference is now closed. Final decisions on the selected papers to be presented at the conference have been returned.

How to Attend

Registration to attend the conference is now closed.

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