The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to host the 9th annual Development Day conference on Saturday December 4, 2021. 

After a two-year hiatus, this small conference returns to host faculty and graduate students from seven schools across the Midwest in a showcase of the latest research in development economics. The conference seeks to develop community among a growing network of development economists in the Midwest, and to give graduate students a chance for face-to-face interaction with each other and with faculty across a range of schools.

Conference organizers:
•  Taryn Dinkelman, University of Notre Dame
•  Lakshmi Iyer, University of Notre Dame
•  Joe Kaboski, University of Notre Dame

Participating Universities:
•  Michigan State University
•  Northwestern University
•  University of Illinois-Chicago
•  University of Chicago
•  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
•  University of Michigan
•  University of Notre Dame

Conference location:
Hesburgh Center for International Studies
100 Hesburgh Ctr
Notre Dame, IN 46556
*near the intersection of Notre Dame Ave and Holy Cross Drive, on the University of Notre Dame campus

Tentative Schedule

All panels will take place in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.
All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Paper titles TBC.
Titles and speakers will continue to be added to the schedule.

8.30-9.20am | Breakfast

9.25am | Welcome remarks

9.30am-10.20am | University of Notre Dame
•  Vivek Moorthy (grad student)
•  John Firth (faculty) - Do Anti-Bribery Laws Affect International Trade and Investments?

10.25-11.15am | Michigan State University
•  Abubakr Ayesh (grad student) - Burned Agricultural Biomass, Air Pollution and Crime
•  Christian Ahlin (faculty) 

11.15-11.45am | Coffee break

11.45-12.35pm | University of Michigan
•  Jon Denton-Schneider (grad student) - Colonial Institutions, Marriage Markets, and HIV: Evidence from Mozambique
•  Ach Adhvaryu (faculty) 

12.35-1.35pm | Lunch

1.35pm-2.15pm | Lightning round of Job market candidates (TBC)

2.20-3.10pm | UIUC
•  Vini Okada da Silva (grad student) - The Persistent Effect of Jesuit Missions in the Brazilian Amazon
•  Catalina Herrera (faculty)

3.10-3.40pm | Coffee break

3.40-4.30pm | University of Chicago
•  Jess Rudder (post-doc) - The Effect of Drought on Market Entry, Exit, and Firm Performance in Rural Kenya
•  Maria Angelica Bautista (faculty) - Reacting to Repression: Children's Agency and the Intergenerational Transmission of Political Preferences

4.30-5.20pm | Northwestern University
•  Joris Mueller (grad student) - China's Foreign Aid: Political Determinants and Economic Effects
•  Sean Higgins (faculty) - Why Are Firms Slow to Adopt Profitable Business Practices? 

5.30-7pm | Dinner 

Presenters and registered participants my access the password-protected page for downloading papers by clicking below and then entering the password provided upon registering.

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For general conference participants, a room block has been established at the Embassy Suites, within walking distance of the University of Notre Dame and the conference venue, the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. General conference participants should make their own reservations using this link, as soon as possible. 

Embassy Suites by Hilton
South Bend at Notre Dame
1140 East Angela Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46617 

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