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.
This conference focused on four key areas of imperfections:
1) Constraints on informational resources available to individuals:
2) Market failures, possibly originating from asymmetric information or the lack of appropriate institutions:
3) Constraints on operational resources:
4) Constraints relating to social norms:
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.
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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.