DENeB brings together researchers in the Berlin area who are working on themes related to Development Economics. The seminar series gives invited guests the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from members of the network.

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Hosts: Department of Development and Security
Place: DIW Berlin, Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin
Room: see time table
Time: 12.30 - 2.00 pm

Coordinator: Katharina Lehmann-Uschner

Summer 2019

DatePlaceSpeaker/ InstituteTitle
May 6th, 2019Besprechungsraum 33002c nn

Joshua Dean, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
This time at 13:00 - 14:30!

The Effects of Attending Kindergarten on Child Development in Rural India
Abstract | PDF, 125 KB
May 20th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Christopher Woodruff, University of Oxford

Gender Wage Gaps and Worker Mobility: Evidence from the Garment Sector in Bangladesh
Abstract | PDF, 313.08 KB
June 3rd, 2019Besprechungsraum 33002c nn

Rachael Meager, London School of Economics and Political Science

June 17th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Kate Orkin, University of Oxford

July 12th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Johannes Haushofer, Princeton University


Winter 2018/19

DatePlaceSpeaker/ InstituteTitle
October 18th, 2018Ferdinand Friedensburg Room

Dina Pomeranz, University of Zürich

Can audits backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile
Abstract | PDF, 66.32 KB
November 1st, 2018Karl-Popper-Raum

Veronica Frisancho, Inter-American Development Bank

Peer Effects and Academic Achievement: Experimental Evidence from Tracking and Bimodal Classrooms
Abstract | PDF, 65.96 KB
November 15th, 2018Joan Robinson Room

Bernd Beber, WZB (tbc)

The Myth of the Misinformed Irregular Migrant? Insights from Nigeria
Abstract | PDF, 123.43 KB
November 29th, 2018Ferdinand Friedensburg Room

Stefan Klonner, Universität Heidelberg

Social Norms, Women's status and Domestic Violence: Evidence from India's Northeast
Abstract | PDF, 87.17 KB
December 13th, 2018Karl Popper Room

Julian Wucherpfennig, Hertie School of Governance

Trojan Horse, Copycat, or Scapegoat? Re-examining the Refugees-Terrorism Nexus
Abstract | PDF, 69.63 KB
January 10th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Salvatore di Falco, Université de Genève

Farmers to Entrepreneurs
Abstract | PDF, 62.64 KB
January 11th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Pia Raffler, Harvard University

Does Political Oversight of the Bureaucracy Increase Accountability? Field Experimental Evidence from an Electoral Autocracy
February 7th, 2019Karl Popper Room

Kate Orkin, University of Oxford

February 21st, 2019Anna J. Schwartz Room

David Strömberg, Stockholm University

Social media and protests in China
Abstract | PDF, 66.42 KB

Winter 2017/18

DatePlaceSpeaker/ InstituteTitle
September 14th, 2017Arthur-Cecil-Pigou-Raum

Dane Rowlands, Carleton University

The effects of IMF programs on economic growth in low income countries: an empirical anlysis
October 19th, 2017Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Nicola Limodio, Bocconi University

Bank Deposits and Liquidity Regulation: Evidence from Ethiopia
November 2nd, 2017Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Katrin Millock, Paris School of Economics

Water Inequality and conflict
November 23rd, 2017Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Maarten Voors, Wageningen University

Institutions and Technocratic Skill in Local Economic Development
November 30th, 2017Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Axel Dreher, Universität Heidelberg

Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China’s Foreign Assistance
December 21st, 2017Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Staffan Lindberg, Universität Gothenburg

Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization: Has the Study of Democratization Been Misleading for 60 Years?
January 18th, 2018Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Joshua Blumenstock, University of California, Berkeley

Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability in Real Time
February 1st, 2018Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Maren Duvendack, University of East Anglia

Econometric(k)s, Replication and Economic Science – The Case of Microfinance
February 15th, 2018Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Tessa Bold, Stockholm University

The Lost Human Capital: Teacher Knowledge and Student Achievement in Africa
February 22nd, 2018Gustav-Schmoller-Raum

Rema Hanna, Harvard University

Achieving Universal Health Coverage without an Enforceable Mandate: Evidence from a large-scale randomized experiment in Indonesia

Summer 2017

Summer term 2017

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
27th Apr 12.30 Friedensburg
Jörg Peters RWI Essen One-off Subsidies and Long-Run Adoption – Experimental Evidence on Improved Cooking Stoves in Senegal (paper)

11th May


Dulles (5.2.010)

Priya Bhagowalia Jawaharlal Nehru University Do food subsidies improve nutrition?

8th Jun

12.30 Schmoller (1.2.026) Matthias Kalkuhl Mercator Research Institute The impact of environmental shocks on migration drivers: The case of rural-urban migration in India (abstract | PDF, 30.36 KB )

22th Jun


Schmoller (1.2.026)

Macartan Humphreys Columbia and WZB Why do women cooperate more in women’s groups? Evidence from a field experiment and structural model in Congo

6th Jul

12.30 Friedensburg
Katja Kaufmann University of Mannheim Gender Peer Effects, Non-Cognitive Skills and Marriage Market Outcomes: Evidence from Single-Sex Schools in the UK

13th Jul

12.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Nathan Fiala University of Connecticut Social accountability and service delivery:
Evidence from a large-scale experiment in Uganda (abstract | PDF, 28.36 KB )

Winter 2016/17

Winter term 2016/17

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
4th Oct 13.00 Friedensburg
Imran Rasul UCL Hispanic-White Sentencing Di¤erentials in the Federal Criminal Justice System (paper)

3rd Nov

17.30 Friedensburg
Nolan Ritter DIW Berlin The causal effect of village schools on Afghan children's enrollment and test scores (paper)

17th Nov

17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Devesh Rustagi Goethe University Frankfurt Dishonesty, Market Power, and Cheating in Informal Milk Markets in India (abstract)

24th Nov


Please note! This seminar
will take place at the

Humboldt University
wissenschaftliche Fakultät, Spandauer Str. 1,Raum 203

Jean-Philippe Platteau University of Namur Eradicating Women-Hurting Customs: What Role for Social Engineering? (paper)

1st Dec

17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Greg Fischer LSE Building evidence from multiple studies: Is there a gender performance-pay gap? (abstract)

8th Dec

17.30 Schumpeter Hall
(1st floor)
Ola Olsson University of Gothenburg Tolling on the River: Trade and Informal Taxation on the Congo (paper)

15th Dec

17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Dave Donaldson Stanford University Dynamics of a Malthusian Economy: India in the Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza (paper)

12th Jan

17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Rainer Thiele Kiel Institute for the World Economy Social Capital and Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: An Experimental Investigation in Zambia (paper)

26th Jan

17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Matthias Rieger Erasmus University Self-Help-Groups and Social Capital: Evidence from Cambodia (paper)

16th Feb

17.30 Friedensburg
David McKenzie  World Bank Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya (abstract)

23th Feb

Dulles (5.2.010) Barry J. Barnett Mississippi State University "So Much Potential!”:  The Case of Agricultural Index Insurance (abstract)

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Summer 2016

Summer term 2016

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
14th Apr 16.15

Please note this seminar will exceptionally held at the
Deutsche Sparkassen und Giroverband,
Charlottenstrasse 47

Thorsten Beck Cass Business School
Payment Instruments, Enforceability and Development: Evidence from Mobile Money Technology
28th Apr 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Michal Bauer CERGE-EI Social Contagion of Ethnic Hostility
19th May 16:00 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Mushfiq Mobarak Yale University General Equilibrium Effects of Rural-Urban Migration (abstract)
26th May 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Kristina Czura University of Munich  Willingness-to-pay for micro-insurance and flexibility: Evidence from an agricultural investment lab-in-the-file in Senegal (abstract)
9th Jun 17.30 Please note this seminar will exceptionally held at the School of Business and Economics at the Humboldt University, Spandauer Str. 1, 10178 Berlin (Room 125)
Paul Dunne University of Cape Town  Determinants of Civil War and Excess Zeroes (abstract)
30th Jun 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Abigail Barr University of Nottingham The collective action mechanism in community-based monitoring: Field and lab experimental evidence from Uganda schools (abstract)
7th Jul 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Karl Ove Moene University of Oslo The role of inequality in conflict theory (paper)
21st Jul 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Hermann Lotze-Campen PIK The impact of climate change on costs of food and people exposed to hunger at subnational scale (abstract)

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Winter 2015/16

Winter term 2015/16

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
15th Oct 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Isabel Günther ETH Zürich
Financial distress among urban microfinance clients: the impact of formal loans or a general phenomenon?
20th Oct 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Emmanuelle Auriol Toulouse School of Economics Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Trade (paper)
29th Oct 18.00 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Barbara Fritz Free University Berlin
The IMF to the rescue: Did the Euro-area benefit from the fund's experience in crisis fighting?
12th Nov 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Dean Yang University of Michigan Savings, Subsidies, and Technology Adoption: Field Experimental Evidence from Mozambique (abstract)
10th Dec 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Lukas Menkhoff DIW Berlin, Humboldt University When does financial education impact financial behavior? A meta-analysis
7th Jan 17.30 Room 21B,
Humboldt University,
Spandauer Str. 1
Scott Gates Peace Research Institute Oslo

Political Trust, Shocks, and Accountability: Quasi-experimental evidence from a rebel attack (abstract)

21st Jan 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Natascha Wagner ISS - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Policing and Human Rights in Uganda: Impact Assessment and Gender-Framed Survey Experiments (abstract)

4th Feb 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Hermann Waibel Leibniz University of Hannover Challenges of Long term panel data collection in Developing countries: Non-Sampling Error and Data Quality
18th Feb 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2.008) Lore Vandewalle The Graduate Institute Geneva

Saving by Default: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural India (abstract)

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Summer 2015

Summer term 2015

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
23rd April 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Kaivan Munshi University of Cambridge
Networks and Misallocation: Insurance, Migration, and the Rural - Urban Wage Gap (paper)
7th May 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Gani Aldashev University of Namur Institutions and firm ownership
21st May 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Toman Mahmoud IFW Kiel
The effect of remittances on public spending and governance: Micro-evidence from village-level exposure to exchange rate shocks
4th June 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Justin Valasek WZB Berlin Social Science Center Reforming an Institutional Culture of Corruption: Collective reputation and motivated agents (abstract)
16th June 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Nathan Fiala University of Connecticut Business is tough, but family is worse: The role of family constraints on microenterprise development in Uganda (abstract)
2nd July 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Jochen Kluve Humboldt University The effectiveness of TVET and youth training: evidence from Vietnam and the Dominican Republic
16th July 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Barbara Fritz Free University

Centre and Periphery in International Monetary Relations: Implications for Macroeconomic Policies in Emerging Economies (paper)

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Winter 2014/15

Winter term 2014/15

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
23th Oct 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Andreas Landmann University of Mannheim How social preferences change with (not) becoming elected? (view Abstract | PDF, 170.84 KB )
6th Nov 17.30 Friedensburg (2.2008) Marcela Ibanez University of Göttingen Can we fight drugs using communication campaigns? A field experiment in Columbia
4th Dec 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Rajshri Jayaraman ESMT Impact of Nutritional Interventions on cognitive skills: Evidence from India's Midday Meal Program
16th Dec (Tuesday) 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Britta Augsburg Institute for Fiscal Studies RCT Research: When it works (as planned) and when it doesn't? Taking the case of microfinance evaluation studies (view Abstract)
8th Jan 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Manfred Nitsch Free University Berlin Bloqueo Economics in Cuba (view Presentation)
22th Jan 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Simon Quinn University of Oxford Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey African Microenterprises
5th Feb 17.30 Dulles (5.2.010) Marleen Dekker Leiden University Household efficiency in monogamous and polygamous marriages in Nigeria: results from a behavioural experiment

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Summer 2014

Summer Term 2014

Date Time Room Speaker Affiliation Title
27th Mar 17.30 Dulles Marcel Fafchamps Stanford University Redistribution and Group Participation: Comparative Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK
10th Apr 17.30 Dulles  Yanos Zylberberg  CREI Barcelona Internal migration as a risk-coping strategy: evidence from a typhoon
24th Apr 17.30 Dulles Jean Marie Baland    Namur University The economic consequences of mutual help in extended families in Cameroon
8th May 17.30 Dulles Conchita D'Ambrosio Université du Luxembourg Economic Insecurity: measure and application
21st May 17.30 Dulles Susan Steiner  Leibniz Universität Hannover Financial Development and Employment - Evidence from Transition Countries (article)
5th June 17.30 Dulles Christine Binzel Heidelberg University Does the Arrival of a Formal Financial Institution Alter Informal Sharing Arrangements? Experimental Evidence from Village India
3rd July 17.30 Dulles Olga Shemyakina Georgia Institute of Technology Political Violence, Land Reform and Child Health: Results from Zimbabwe (abstract)
17th July 17.30 Dulles Kati Krähnert DIW Extreme weather events and child health: Evidence from Mongolia (abstract)           

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Winter 2013/14

Winter Term 2013/14DateTimeRoomSpeakerAffiliationTitle

24th Oct 17.30 Dulles Rajshri Jayaraman  ESMT Productivity Response to a Contract Change
7th  Nov 17.30 Dulles Jean-Luis Arcand Graduate Institute Geneva Guns, Germs, and Slaves: an Alternative View of the Colonial Origins of Comparative Development
17.30 Dulles Nathan Fiala
DIW Can Small Enterprises Grow? Results from an Experiment in Uganda (article)
17.30 Dulles Ferdinand Vieider WZB Risk Preferences and Development Revisited (article)
17.30 Dulles Marijke Verpoorten
University of Antwerp The unintended consequences of an export ban: evidence from Benin's shrimp sector. (article)
17.30  Dulles Michael Grimm Universität Passau Does forced solidarity hamper investment in small and micro enterprises? (article)
17.30  Dulles Christian Ambrosius Freie Universität Berlin Remittances and the Financial Management of Migrant Households (article)
17.30 Dulles Krisztina Kis-Katos Universität Freiburg Unintended consequences of anti-corruption strategies: Public fiscal audits and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon(abstract)
17.30 Dulles Stephan Klasen Universität Göttingen What explains the stagnation of female labor force participation in urban India? (article)

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