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".
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”