Program archive

The Research Seminar of DENeB is held on Thursdays from 12.30 to 14.00 at DIW Berlin. The current program is available on Home Page.

Winter Semester 2018/19

October 18thDina Pomeranz, University of ZürichCan audits backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile (Abstract)
with Maria Paula Gerardino and Stephan Litschig 
November 1st, 
Karl-Popper-Room 2.3.020
Veronica Frisancho, Inter-American Development Bank
Peer Effects and Academic Achievement: Experimental Evidence from Tracking and Bimodal Classrooms (Abstract)
November 15thBernd Beber, WZB
The Myth of the Misinformed Irregular Migrant? Insights from Nigeria (Abstract)
November 29thStefan Klonner, Universität Heidelberg
Social Norms, Women's status and Domestic Violence: Evidence from India's Northeast (Abstract)
December 13thJulian Wucherpfennig, Hertie School of Governance
Trojan Horse, Copycat, or Scapegoat? Re-examining the Refugees-Terrorism Nexus (Abstract)
January 10th,  
Karl-Popper-Room 2.3.020
Salvatore Di Falco, Université de Genève
Farmers to Entrepreneurs (Abstract)
January 11th
Karl-Popper-Room 2.3.020
February 21st
Anna J. Schwartz Room 5.2.010
Pia Raffler, Harvard University

David Strömberg, Stockholm University
Does Political Oversight of the Bureaucracy Increase Accountability? Field Experimental Evidence from an Electoral Autocracy (Abstract)

Social media and protests in China (Abstract)


Summer Semester 2018

Date Speaker Topic
April 9th
This seminar will exceptionally take place between 11h30-13h00 at WZB, room A310
Alexander Coutts, Nova SBEOn the Mechanics of the Resource Curse: Experimental Evidence from Mozambique
May 3rd Eliana la Ferrara, Bocconi University
Interaction, Stereotypes and Performance. Evidence from South Africa (Abstract)
May 8th - cancelled  
This seminar will exceptionally take place from 12 - 14 at the School of Business and Economics, HU Berlin (Spandauer Str. 1), Room 112

Jochen Kluve, Humboldt-Universität, RWI        
The Effectiveness of Interventions to Reduce Informality in Low- and Middle Income Countries (Abstract)
May 17th Dean Yang, University of Michigan
Abundance from Abroad: Migrant Earnings and Local Development in the Philippines (Abstract)
May 31st Alexandra Scacco, WZB
Can Social Contact Reduce Prejudice and Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria (Abstract)
June 7th - CANCELLED
Dina Pomeranz, University of Zürich
Can Audits Backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile
June 21st Michael Grimm, Universität Passau
Polarising or unifying? The impact of priming on attitudes towards women empowerment in Tunisia (Abstract)
July 17th
This seminar will exceptionally take place in the Anna J. Schwartz Room

Britta Augsburg, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Are Households Credit Constrained for Sanitation? Experimental Evidence from India
July 19th Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester Exit as Entry in Antipoverty Programmes (Abstract)


Winter Semester 2017/18

14 Sept. 2017
(Arthur-Cecil-Pigou-Room, Room 3.3.002C)
Dane Rowlands (Carleton University)
The effects of IMF programs on economic growth in low income countries: an empirical analysis
19 Oct. 2017

Nicola Limodio (Bocconi University)
Bank Deposits and Liquidity Regulation: Evidence from Ethiopia (Abstract)
2 Nov. 2017
Katrin Millock (Paris School of Economics)
Water Inequality and Conflict (Abstract)
23 Nov. 2017
Maarten Voors (Wageningen University)
Institutions and Technocratic Skill in Local Economic Development (Abstract)
30 Nov. 2017
Axel Dreher (Universität Heidelberg)
Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China’s Foreign Assistance (Abstract)
21 Dec. 2017
Staffan Lindberg (Universität Gothenburg)
Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization: Has the Study of Democratization Been Misleading for 60 Years? (Abstract)
18 Jan. 2018
Joshua Blumenstock (University of California, Berkeley)
Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability in Real Time (Abstract)
1 Feb. 2018
1 pm - 2:30 pm
Maren Duvendack (University of East Anglia)
Econometric(k)s, Replication and Economic Science – The Case of Microfinance (Abstract)
15 Feb. 2018
Tessa Bold (Stockholm University)
The Lost Human Capital - Teacher Knowledge and Student Achievement in Africa (Abstract)
22 Feb. 2018     
Rema Hanna (Harvard University)
Achieving Universal Health Coverage without an Enforceable Mandate: Evidence from a large-scale randomized experiment in Indonesia

Summer Semester 2017

 Date    Speaker
 27 April 2017
Jörg Peters (RWI Essen)
One-off Subsidies and Long-Run Adoption – Experimental Evidence on Improved Cooking Stoves in Senegal (paper)
 11 May 2017
Priya Bhagowalia (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Do food subsidies improve nutrition?
 8 June 2017
Matthias Kalkuhl (Mercator Research Institute)
The impact of environmental shocks on migration drivers: The case of rural-urban migration in India (abstract)
 22 June 2017
Macartan Humprheys (Columbia University and WZB Berlin)
Why do women cooperate more in women’s groups? Evidence from a field experiment and structural model in Congo
 6 July 2017
Katja Kaufmann (University of Mannheim)
Gender Peer Effects, Non-Cognitive Skills and Marriage Market Outcomes: Evidence from Single-Sex Schools in the UK
 13 July 207
Nathan Fiala (University of Connecticut)
Social accountability and service delivery: Evidence from a large-scale experiment in Uganda (abstract)

Winter Semester 2016/2017

04 October 2016, 1 - 2.30pm
(Please note this seminar is exceptionally held on a Tuesday lunchtime)
Imran Rasul (UCL)Hispanic-White Sentencing Differentials in the Federal Criminal Justice System (paper)
3 November 2016Nolan Ritter (DIW)The causal effect of village schools on Afghan children's enrollment and test scores (paper)
17 November 2016              Devesh Rustagi (Goethe University Frankfurt)Dishonesty, Market Power, and Cheating in Informal Milk Markets in India (abstract)
24 November 2016
(Please note this seminar will take place at Humboldt University, Room 203, Spandauer Strasse 1)
Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Namur)Eradicating Women-Hurting Customs: What Role for Social Engineering? (paper)
1 December 2016Greg Fischer (LSE)Building evidence from multiple studies: Is there a gender performance-pay gap? (abstract)
8 December 2016
(DIW, Schumpeter Hall)

Ola Olsson (University of Gothenburg)Tolling on the River: Trade and Informal Taxation on the Congo (paper)
15 December 2016

Dave Donaldson (Stanford University)Dynamics of a Malthusian Economy: India in the Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza (paper)
12 January 2017Rainer Thiele (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)Social Capital and Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: An Experimental Investigation in Zambia. (paper)
26 January 2016Matthias Rieger (Erasmus University)Self-Help-Groups and Social Capital: Evidence from Cambodia (paper)
16 February 2017David McKenzie  (World Bank)Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized           Experiment in Kenya (abstract)
 23 February 2017Barry Barnett  (Mississippi State University) So Much Potential!”:  The Case of Agricultural Index Insurance (abstract)

Summer Semester 2016

 Date Speaker Topic
14 April 2016 

Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School) 
(please note this seminar will exceptionally held at the Deutsche Sparkassen und Giroverband, Charlottenstrasse 47 at 4.15 pm)
Payment Instruments, Enforceability and Development: Evidence from Mobile Money Technology
28 April 2016 Michal Bauer (CERGE-EI) Social contagion of ethnic hostility (abstract)
19 May 2016
Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University)
(please note this seminar will exceptionally held at 4.00 - 5.30 pm at DIW)
General Equilibrium Effects of Rural-Urban Migration
26 May 2016               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)
09 June 2016 Paul Dunne (University of Cape Town)
(Please note this seminar will be held at the school of Business and Economics, HU Berlin, Spandauer Str. 1, Room 125)
Determinants of Civil War and Excess Zeroes (abstract)
30 June 2016

Abigail Barr (University of Nottingham) The collective action mechanism in community-based monitoring: Field and lab experimental evidence from Uganda schools (abstract)
07 July 2016

Karl Ove Moene (University of Oslo)  The role of inequality in conflict theory (paper)
21 July 2016 Hermann Lotze-Campen (PIK)

The impact of climate change on costs of food and people exposed to hunger at subnational scale (abstract)

Winter Semester 2015

 Date Speaker Topic
14 April 2016 

Isabel Günther (ETH Zürich)  Financial distress among urban microfinance clients: the impact of formal loans or a general phenomenon?
28 April 2016 Emmanuelle Auriol (Toulouse School of Economics) (please note this seminar will be exceptionally held in Tuesday, Oct 20 at 17.30)  
Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Trade (Paper)
12 May 2016 
Barbara Fritz (Free University, Berlin) (please note this seminar will exceptionally start at 18.00)  
The IMF to the rescue: Did the Euro-area benefit from the fund's experience in crisis fighting?
26 May 2016               Dean Yang (University of Michigan)  Savings, Subsidies and Technology Adoption: Field Experimental Evidence from Mozambique (abstract)
09 June 2016 Lukas Menkhoff (DIW) (please note this seminar will exceptionally held at Eleanor-Dulles-Room - 5.2.010)   When does financial education impact financial behavior? A meta-analysis 

23 June 2016

Scott Gates (Peace Research Institute Oslo) (please note this seminar will exceptionally held Room 21B, Humboldt University, Spandauer Str 1) Political Trust, Shocks, and Accountability: Quasi-experimental evidence from a rebel attack (abstract)
30 June 2016

Natascha Wagner (ISS - Erasmus University Rotterdam)  Policing and Human Rights in Uganda: Impact assessment and Gender-Framed Survey Experiments (abstract)
04 February 2016

Hermann Waibel (Leibniz University of Hannover) Challenges of Long term panel data collection in Developing countries: Non-Sampling Error and Data Quality (abstract)
18 February 2016 Lore Vandewalle (The Graduate Institute Geneva) 

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

Summer Semester 2015

 Date Speaker Topic
23 April 2015    

Kaivan Munshi (University of Cambridge) Networks and Misallocation: Insurance, Migration, and the Rural - Urban Wage Gap (paper
07 May 2015     Gani Aldashev (University of Namur) 

Institutions and firm ownership (abstract)
21 May 2015  Toman Mahmoud (IFW Kiel) 

The effect of remittances on public spending and governance: Micro-evidence from village-level exposure to exchange rate shocks (abstract)
04 June 2015    
Justin Valasek (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

Reforming an Institutional Culture of Corruption: Collective reputation and motivated agents (abstract)
18 June 2015     Nathan Fiala (University of Connecticut)    

Business is tough, but family is worse: The role of family constraints on microenterprise development in Uganda (abstract)
02 July 2015 Jochen Kluve (Humboldt University)

The effectiveness of TVET and youth training: evidence from Vietnam and the Dominican Republic (paper)

Winter Semester 2014

 Date Speaker Topic
 23 October 2014

Andreas Landmann (University of Mannheim) How social preferences change with (not) becoming elected? (abstract)
6 November 2014 Marcela Ibanez (University of Göttingen) (*)   (please note this seminar will be exceptionally held at Friedensburg room (2.2.008) - DIW)  

Can we fight drugs using communication campaigns? A field experiment in Columbia
4 December 2014 Rajshri Jayaraman (ESMT)   

Impact of Nutritional Interventions on cognitive skills: Evidence from India's Midday Meal Program
16 December 2014 Britta Augsburg (Institute for Fiscal Studies) (**)
(please note this seminar will be exceptionally held on Tuesday , Dec 16 at 17.30 )  

RCT Research: When it works (as planned) and when it doesn't? Taking the case of microfinance evaluation studies. (abstract)
8 January 2015 Manfred Nitsch (Frei Universität Berlin) 

Bloqueo Economics in Cuba
 22 January 2015 Simon Quinn (University of Oxford)  

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey African Microenterprises
 5 February 2015 Marleen Dekker (Leiden University)   

Household efficiency in monogamous and polygamous marriages in Nigeria: results from a behavioural experiment. (abstract)
 13 March 2015
PhD Workshop in Berlin: For more information, check here 

Summer Semester 2014

 Speaker  Title
 27 March 2014 

 Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University) Redistribution and Group Participation: Comparative Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK
 10 April 2014  
 Yanos Zylberberg (CREI Barcelona)          
Internal migration as a risk-coping strategy: evidence from a typhoon
 24 April 2014 
 Jean Marie Baland (Namur University)     The economic consequences of mutual help in extended families in Cameroon
 08 May 2014      Conchita D'Ambrosio (Université du Luxembourg)
Economic Insecurity: measure and application 
 21 May 2014 (*)
(please note this seminar will be exceptionally held on a Wednesday)
 Susan Steiner (Leibniz Universität Hannover) Financial Development and Employment - Evidence from Transition Countries (article)
 05 June 2014    
 Christine Binzel (Heidelberg University)

Does the Arrival of a Formal Financial Institution Alter Informal Sharing Arrangements? Experimental Evidence from Village India
 19 June 2014      There will not be a seminar on this date.

 3 July 2014  Olga Shemyakina (Georgia Institute of technology)  Political Violence, Land Reform and Child Health: Results from Zimbabwe (abstract)
 17 July 2014  Kati Schindler (DIW) Extreme weather events and child health: Evidence from Mongolia (abstract)            


Winter semester 2013

 Speaker  Title
 24 October 2013
 Rajshri Jayaraman (ESMT)
Productivity Response to a Contract Change
 07 November 2013  Jean-Luis Arcand (Graduate Institute Geneva) Guns, Germs, and Slaves: an Alternative View of the Colonial Origins of Comparative Development
 14 November 2013
 Nathan Fiala (DIW) Can Small Enterprises Grow? Results from an Experiment in Uganda (article)
 21 November 2013 
 Ferdinand Vieider (WZB) Risk Preferences and Development Revisited (article)
 05 December 2013
 Marijke Verpoorten (University of Antwerp) The unintended consequences of an export ban: evidence from Benin's shrimp sector. (article)
 19 December 2013  Michael Grimm (Universität Passau) Does forced solidarity hamper investment in small and micro enterprises? (article)
 09 January 2014           
 Christian Ambrosius (Freie Universität Berlin) Remittances and the Financial Management of Migrant Households (article)
 23 January 2014

 Krisztina Kis-Katos (Universität Freiburg) Unintended consequences of anti-corruption strategies: Public fiscal audits and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon(abstract)
 06 February 2014

 Stephan Klasen (Universität Göttingen) What explains the stagnation of female labor force participation in urban India? (article)