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Adansonia Conference

From May 30, 2019 at 09:00 - to June 01, 2019 at 14:00
Via Roentgen 1 (Milano), room AS01 – Grafton Building

This conference represents the closing event of the Adansonia Project, a large Pan-African RCT involving 5000 entrepreneurs of 45 different African countries. This project has been financed by the PEDL Major Grant Program. Its objective has been to shed light on how peer interaction affects -- and can be used to promote -- entrepreneurship in the context of developing economies. The conference revolves around the three research fields that are combined in our project: development, networks, and semantic analysis. Top researchers from each of these three fields (in some cases working across their boundaries) will present their work and have the opportunity to interact and profit from their diverse but complementary research perspectives.


Chair: Fernando Vega Redondo
09:00-09:30 Orazio Attanasio – University College London
"Consumption Insurance in Networks with Asymmetric Information: Evidence from Tanzania" (joint with Sonya Krutikova)
09:30-10:00 Pau Milan  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
"Informal Risk Sharing with Local Information" (joint with Attila Ambrus and Wayne Gao)
10:00-10:30 Pamela Giustinelli  IGIER-Università Bocconi
"Ex Ante Risks & Returns and Occupation Sector Choice in Low-Income Countries: Evidence from Subjective Expectations in Mozambique" (joint with Mariapia Mendola and Luigi Minale)
10:30-11:00: COFFEE BREAK
Chair: Cristiana Benedetti Fasil
11:00-11:30 Ben Golub  Harvard University
"Targeting Interventions in Networks" (joint with Andrea Galeotti and Sanjeev Goyal)
11:30-12:00 Kenan Huremovic  IMT Lucca
"Financial Shocks Propagating in a Large Prouction Economy: Theory and an Application" (joint with Gabriel Jiménez, Enrique Moral-Benito, Jose Peydró, and Fernando Vega-Redondo)
12:00-12:30 Alexander Teytelboym Oxford University
"Targeted Carbon Price Reforms"
12:30-14:00 LUNCH
Chiar: Diego Ubfal
14:00-14:30 Marcel Fafchamps Stanford University
"Keep It Simple: A Field Experiment on Information Sharing in Social Networks" (joint with Cátia Batista and Pedro C. Vicente)
14:30-15:00 Eliana La Ferrara  IGIER-Università Bocconi
"The Impact of Land Title Registration in Rwanda: Evidence from a National Program" (joint with D. Ali, K. Deininger and M. Goldstein)
15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK
Chair: Gaia Rubera
15:30-16:00 Paolo Pin  IGIER-Università Bocconi
"Polarization When People Choose their Peers" (joint with Ugo Bolletta)
16:00-16:30 Quocanh DoSciencespo
“Friendship Networks and Political Opinions: A Natural Experiment among Future French Politicians” (joint with Yann Algan, Nicolò Dalvit, and Yves Zenou)

20:00 Dinner @ Il chiostro di Andrea, via San Barnaba, 48, 20122 Milano - (only for Conference Speakers)
Chair: Eliana La Ferrara
09:00-09:30 Attila Ambrus Duke University
"The influence of incentive schemes and existing social ties in team production" (joint with Arun Chandrasekhar and Matt Elliott)
09:30-10:00 Fernando Vega Redondo IGIER-Università Bocconi
“Peer networks and entrepreneurship: a Pan-African RCT”  (joint with P. Pin, D. Ubfal, C. Benedetti, C. Brummitt, G. Rubera, D. Hovy, and T, Fornaciari)
10:00-10:30 David McKenzieWorld Bank
“Man vs Machine in Predicting Successful Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Business Plan Competition in Nigeria” (joint with Dario Sansone)

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
Chair: Paolo Pin
11:00-11:30 Barbara Plank - IT University of Copenhagen
“Inferring author attributes from text and beyond” 
11:30-12:00 David Jurgens Michigan University
“Large-scale population measurements from social media”
12:00-12:30 Dirk Hovy Università Bocconi
“Learning semantic and network representations of users for improved geolocation”

12:30-14:00 LUNCH
Chair: Dirk Hovy
14:00-14:30 Chris Woodruff Oxford University
“Agency and Lawyer Quality: Experimental Evidence from Mexico’s Labor Courts”
14:30-15:00 Diego Ubfal IGIER-Università Bocconi
“Working while Studying" (joint with Thomas Le Barbanchon and Federico Araya)

15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK

Chair: Pamela Giustinelli
15:30-16:00 Simon Quinn Oxford University
"Learning management through matching: A field experiment using mechanism design"
16:00-16:30 Arun AdvaniWarwick University
20:00 Dinner @ Terrazza Triennale, Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano (for conference Speakers only)
Chair: Fernando Vega Redondo
09:00-09:30 Matt Elliott Cambridge University
“Capability Accumulation and Conglomeratization in the Information Age” (joint with Jun Chen)
09:30-10:00 Francis Bloch Paris School of Economics
Friend-based ranking" (joint with Matthew Olckers)
10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK 

Chair: Fernando Vega Redondo
10:30-11:00 Sanjeev Goyal – Cambridge University 
“Network Formation in Large Groups “
11:00-11:30 Francesco Feri Royal Holloway, University of London
“Social networks and social pressure”

12:00-14:00 LUNCH 


Last updated May 23, 2019