Kellogg Conference on Development Economics

The Kellogg School of Management is pleased to host a conference on Development Economics on September 28-29, 2018.

The conference, co-sponsored by Kellogg School of Management and the new Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University, will convene top researchers in development economics from around the world to discuss their work, particularly as it relates to policy. Based on the research discussed, attendees will walk away with actionable insights on what policy changes need to be implemented to promote economic development and to advance the field.

The single-track conference will kick-off Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a full day of programming. Saturday presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 2:00 p.m.

There is no registration fee for all attendees.

September 28-29, 2018

Registration for the conference has closed.

If you have questions and concerns, please reach out to the Academic Events Coordinator supporting this event.

Carly Loonan
Academic Events Coordinator/Managerial Economics, Decision Sciences and Operations


September 28, 2018

Time Event
8:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 10:00am
Similarity, Difference and Social Conflict
Debraj Ray, Julius Silver Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Professor of Economics, New York University
10:00am - 10:15am
10:15am - 11:15am
Can the Wounds of War be Healed? Experimental Evidence on Reconciliation in Sierra Leone
Oeindrila Dube, Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
Evidence-Based Policy for the War on Drugs
Melissa Dell, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
12:30pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Every Child Counts: How to Fix Primary Education in India
Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, Co-Director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Economic Losers and Political Winners: Sweden's Radical Right
Torsten Persson, Professor of Economics, Institute for International Economics Studies, Stockholm University
4:15pm - 4:30pm
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Creativity Over Time and Space
Guido Tabellini, Professor of Economics, Intesa Sanpaolo Chair in Political Economics, Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research, Bocconi University

September 29, 2018

Time Event
8:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 10:00am
Humanizing Network Economics
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00am - 10:15am
10:15am - 11:15am
The Social Returns to Investment in Development Innovation: A Case Study
Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
Financial Infrastructure for Development: Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and Distributed Ledgers
Robert Townsend, Elizabeth & James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12:30pm - 2:00pm
mosaic bar


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
We are happy to provide a parking permit for visitors that drive to campus. Upon arriving, park at either the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive) or the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. Before leaving campus make sure to ask the staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

Kellogg has reserved two room blocks at local Evanston hotels for this conference.

Hilton Orrington:
A reservation block has been made at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston.  Once you have registered for the conference, please click on this link to reserve your hotel room or call the Hilton Orrington at 1-800-HILTONS.  Please identify yourself as part of the Kellogg Development Economics Conference if booking by phone or use the code KDEC in the box marked "Group/Convention Code" if booking online.   The cut off date for this block of rooms is Friday, September 7th.

Hilton Garden Inn:
A reservation block has been made at the Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston.  Once you have registered for the conference, please click on this link to reserve your hotel room or call the Hilton Garden Inn at 1-847-475-6400,  Please identify yourself as part of the Kellogg Development Economics Conference if booking by phone or use the code DEC if booking online. The cut off date for this block of rooms is Tuesday, September 4th.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) maintains an extensive system of elevated trains (also known as “the L”) and buses throughout Chicago and Evanston. The train stop closest to Kellogg is the Purple Line Foster stop on Church and Davis Streets. The 201 bus departs from the Howard St. terminal and stops on the corner of Foster and Sheridan.

Be advised, while inexpensive, taking the CTA from the airport can take up to 90 minutes and requires transferring trains.

Where to Eat

Downtown Evanston is host to many restaurants that provide a variety of options for dinner. Additional details are available on Downtown Evanston's Eat & Drink website.

Organizing Committee

This is the committee of Kellogg professors who organized the conference. 

Sandeep Baliga

John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial & Decision Sciences

Sandeep Baliga is a Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences in the MEDS Department at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Professor Baliga uses game theory and the theory of incentives to study fundamental issues in economics and political science.


Dean Karlan

Professor of Economics and Finance, Frederic esser nemmers Chair, Co-Director, Global Poverty Research Lab, buffet institute

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and the Founder and President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. In 2015, he co-founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assesses whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact.


Nancy Qian

james j. o'connor professor of managerial economics & Decision Sciences, DIRECTOR OF THE CHINA CLUSTER OF THE NEW GLOBAL POVERTY RESEARCH LAB

Nancy Qian is a professor of MEDS. She is a native of Shanghai, China, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Prior to Kellogg, Professor Qian taught at Yale University and Brown University, and was a visiting scholar at the department of economics at Harvard University while she was post-doctoral fellow of the prestigious Harvard Academy Scholars program.