Paper Round-up: Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev) 2018

This post was curated by CEGA staff with an introduction by Travis Lybbert, CEGA affiliate and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis.

PacDev 2018 (Credit: Alex Russell)

Research communities thrive on a professional engagement that balances skepticism and criticism with encouragement and inspiration. In the past decade, PacDev has become an important venue for such engagement among development economists.

We were happy to host the 2018 edition of PacDev at UC Davis. Compared to the 2007 and 2012 editions, also at UC Davis, the growth of this annual conference has been striking. In 2012, we received 122 submissions for a program of 57 presentations (47% acceptance rate). In 2018, we received over 300 submissions for a program of 64 papers (21% acceptance rate). Attendance nearly doubled to 200 participants.

Needless to say, pulling off such an event demands many hands. Thanks to recent faculty hires at UC Davis and thriving PhD programs in development economics we had plenty of people to pitch in: Our program committee consisted of seven faculty members, 26 PhD students, and several media and event staff. We received generous support from the Agricultural & Resource Economics and Economics Departments at UC Davis, the BASIS Innovation Lab, and CEGA.

In addition to behind the scenes help, we thank the CEGA team for putting together this excellent, succinct synthesis of the research that made PacDev 2018 so stimulating. We look forward to migrating south again next year for the 2019 installment of PacDev at USC.


Session 1A: Women’s Empowerment: Political & Institutional Change

Session 1B: Hope, Hopelessness & Poverty

Session 1C: Local Governance & Participation

Session 1D: Risk Sharing, Savings & Investment

Session 1E: Structural Change & Resource (Mis)Allocation

PacDev 2018 (Credit: Steve Boucher)

Session 2A: Women’s Decisionmaking Power: Economics, Law and Domestic Violence

Session 2B: Health & Behavioral Economics

Session 2C: Quality & Delivery of Public Services

Session 2D: Impacts of Shocks on Behavior & Personality: Junior Researchers’ Work

Session 2E: Industrialization & Industrial Organization


Keynote: Paul Neihaus (UC San Diego, GiveDirectly, Segovia)

In his talk, Paul Niehaus encouraged the development economics community to “think bigger” when conducting large-scale experiments that could have greater policy impacts. He also challenged researchers to be more thoughtful and explicit about how smaller studies are designed in order to clarify scalability and thus maximize impact.

Paul Niehaus (Credit: Alex Russell)

Session 3A: Education

Session 3B: Violence & Conflict

Session 3C: Political Economy: Social and Geographic Distance & Bureaucratic Turnover

Session 3D: Assets & Technology Adoption in Agriculture

Session 3E: Firm Productivity & Wage Work

PacDev 2018 (Credit: Alex Russell)

Session 4A: Political Economy: Information, Entry & Elections

Session 4B: Environment and Development

Session 4C: Tax Compliance Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Legislation

Session 4D: Satellite & Other Big Data to Measure Poverty, Competition & Economic Activity

If you would like to suggest a correction to any of the above summaries, please email CEGA Communications Associate, Dustin Marshall, at dmarsh1231@berkeley.edu

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