Annual Conference 2015: Beyond the Nation State

DRI hosts its 2015 Annual Conference, titled "Beyond the Nation State: How traders, migrants and ethnic networks are driving economic growth in the developing world".

Conference Agenda:

8:30am ­– 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am Conference Welcome and Introduction

Introduction of NYU Provost by Yaw Nyarko

Welcome from NYU Provost David W. McLaughlin

Conference introduction by William Easterly 

9:15am – 10:45am Session 1 (Moderator: Yaw Nyarko)  

Ariell Reshef (University of Virginia), *paper with Diego Daruich, and William Easterly (New York University)  - "The Surprising Size and Instability of Hyper-Specialization in Exports" 

Laura Alfaro (Harvard Business School), Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School, London), and Charles W. Calomiris (Columbia Business School) - "Foreign Bank Entry and Entrepreneurship"

10:45am - 11:15am Coffee break

11:15am - 12:45pm Session 2 (Moderator: William Easterly) 

Yaw Nyarko (New York University) - “Cross-border Technology Flows for Success: The African Mobile Revolution”

Michael Clemens (Center for Global Development), *paper with Lant Pritchett (Harvard Kennedy School) - “The Economic Case for Migration Restrictions" 

12:45am - 1:45pm Lunch

1:45pm - 3:15pm Session 3 (Moderator: Yaw Nyarko) 

Hui Kian Kwee (University of Toronto) -  "Socio-Religious Institutions and Economic Migration: Case Study of the Bai Clansmen from Anxi, Fujian in Southeast Asia, c. 1880-present"

Cheikh Anta Babou (University of Pennsylvania) - "The Murid Ethic and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Faith, Business and Mobility among Murid Immigrants in Gabon"

3:15pm - 3:30pm Coffee break 

3:30pm - 5pm Session 4 (Moderator: William Easterly) 

 Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University), *paper with Louis Putterman and David N. Weil (Brown University) - "The Influence of Ancestral Lifeways on Individual Economic Outcomes in Sub­-Saharan Africa" 

 Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) - “Education and Long-term Social Mobility in Benin”