Follow us
Publications Commentary Research People Events News Resources and Videos About IFS
Home Events Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption

Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption

 

The conference was held at Goodenough College, London on Wednesday (8 July 2015) and Thursday (9 July 2015). The programme consisted of plenary and parallel sessions. Presentations can be downloaded from the right sidebar of the page.

conference highlights

This conference focused on four key areas of imperfections:

1) Constraints on informational resources available to individuals:

  • Lack of know-how and limits to available human capital
  • Lack of information on the profitability of investment opportunities

2) Market failures, possibly originating from asymmetric information or the lack of appropriate institutions:

  • Credit constraints
  • Lack of insurance markets

3) Constraints on operational resources:

  • Lack of market linkages
  • Lack of support facilities (such as milk-chilling plants, veterinarians)

4) Constraints relating to social norms:

  • Intra-household allocation of resources and gender roles
  • Networks and intrapersonal links

Plenary Speakers:

Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University)

Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University)

Imran Rasul (University College, London and IFS)

Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University)

 

The conference was held at Goodenough College, London on Wednesday (8 July 2015) and Thursday (9 July 2015). The programme consisted of plenary and parallel sessions. 

Fees:

Full conference registration - £75.00 (incl VAT).  Includes attendance at both days of the conference and all meals including dinner and drinks reception. A day only delegate rate is available.  Please email the conference organiser for further information: info.edepo@ifs.org.uk

Accommodation:

Choice Locations has negotiated preferential rates with anumber of local hotels.  Click on the online booking form below to check availability for your travel dates.

https://choicelocations.vbookings.co.uk/b/ifs/

You will be required to create a user profile during the booking process. This will require a credit card number which will be used to secure your reservation. No costs will be charged to the card unless the guest fails to arrive. If you require any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0121 749 7575 or email reservations@choicelocations.co.uk.

 

About EDePo:

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy, at the Institute for Fiscal Studies aims to promote best practice in the design, implementation and evaluation of development interventions and policy reforms in developing countries. The motivation for our work is that better policy design can aid greatly in efforts to reduce poverty and boost economic growth in developing countries, improving quality of life and life-prospects.

A key focus area at EDePo is the improvement of productivity in developing countries, and the study of barriers to the adoption of new technologies. The consequences of these failures can be severe, with individuals and communities getting trapped in low productivity activities, failing to realise their potential, and failing to enjoy economic growth and prosperity. It is crucial for the design of policies aimed at improving productivity to establish the main causes for these failures. Many hypotheses exist, ranging from failures of insurance and credit markets, to the lack of information or know-how on the appropriate technologies available in a given context, to social norms, to lack of adequate infrastructure. Our most recent research in this area has been made possible with the funding from the Economic and Research Council (ESRC), Grant Ref: ES/J009253/1: Improving productivity in developing countries: Identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to investments and technology adoption.