Eighth Southeastern International/Development Economics Workshop - December 5, 2014

Agenda and Papers

Cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology.
8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 Welcome
Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, University of Georgia, and Usha Nair-Reichert, Georgia Institute of Technology
8:35 Opening remarks
David Laband, Chair, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Session 1: Current Issues in the Global Economy
8:45 "Understanding Technology Diffusion: The Role of Trade, FDI, and Migration" pdf
Thomas Lebesmuehlbacher, University of Georgia [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Tibor Besedes, Georgia Institute of Technology
9:20 "Trust and Reciprocity Among Former Child Soldiers: An Experimental Approach" pdf
Melissa Trussell, Georgia State University [Presentation pdf] [Figures pdf] [Tables pdf]

Discussant: Daniel Lee, Georgia State University
9:55 "Commodity Price Volatility and Civil Conflict" pdf
Richard K. Morgan, Emory University, and Eric Reinhardt, Emory University

Discussant: Xuepeng Liu, Kennesaw State University
10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2: Targeted Policies for Economic Development
10:45 "Do Conditional Transfers Produce an Intra-Household Flypaper Effect?"
Faria Huq, Georgia Southern University [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Vijaya Subrahmanyam, Mercer University
11:20 "Why Guarantee Employment? Evidence from a Large Indian Public-Works Program" pdf
Laura V. Zimmermann, University of Georgia [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology
11:55 "Does Selective High School Improve Student Achievement? Effects of Exam Schools in Beijing" pdf
Kathryn H. Anderson, Vanderbilt University, and Kai Hong, Vanderbilt University [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Madeline Zavodny, Agnes Scott College [Presentation pdf]
12:30 p.m. Lunch
Keynote Speaker:  Sheila L. Tschinkel, Consultant and Former Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Session 3: Poverty, Inequality and the Informal Economy
1:30 "Aid, Remittances, and the Informal Economy" pdf
Santanu Chatterjee, University of Georgia, and Stephen J. Turnovsky, University of Washington [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Shatakshee Dhongde, Georgia Institute of Technology
2:05 "A Bridge to Equality: How Investing in Infrastructure Affects the Distribution of Wealth" pdf
John Gibson, Georgia State University, and Felix Rioja, Georgia State University [Presentation pdf]

Discussant: Laura V. Zimmermann,
University of Georgia [Presentation pdf]
2:40 "Multi-Dimensional Poverty in the U.S." pdf
Shatakshee Dhongde, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Discussant: Daniel Kreisman, Georgia State University
3:45 Closing remarks
Stephen Kay, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta