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Research Frontiers in Foreign Aid

Princeton University
April 26-27, 2013

Conference to be held in 300 Wallace Hall

By invitation only.
To request to attend the conference, please e-mail Pat Trinity

Conference Program

Conference sponsors:
Simone Dietrich, University of Missouri
Helen V. Milner, Princeton University

Thursday, April 25

6:30 PM

Welcome reception and dinner
Witherspoon Grill

Friday, April 26


Continental Breakfast


Welcome and opening remarks

9:00-10:30 AM

Session A

The Limits of Economic Power: US Foreign Aid and Land Reform
Ethan B. Kapstein (University of Texas/Center for Global Development)

Discussant: Christina Schneider (University of California, San Diego)

Aid Effectiveness and Allocation Evidence From Malawi
Kim Yi Dionne (Texas A&M) Eric Kramon (Stanford University), and Tyson Roberts (University of California, Los Angeles)

Discussant: Kevin Morrison (University of Pittsburgh)

10:30-10:45 AM

Refreshment Break

10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Session B

Elite and Mass Perceptions of Foreign Aid in Recipient Countries: A Field Experiment in Uganda
Michael Findley (University of Texas), Adam Harris (New York University), Helen V. Milner (Princeton University), and Daniel Nielson (Brigham Young University),

Discussant: Thomas Flores (George Mason University)

Price Expectations and Willingness to Pay for Health Products in Uganda
Margaret McConnell (Harvard University), Dean Karlan (Yale University), Greg Fisher, and Pia Raffler (Yale University)

Discussant: Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)

12:15-1:15 PM


1:15-2:45 PM

Session C

Simone Dietrich (University of Missouri, Columbia)

Discussant: Jude Hays (University of Pittsburgh)

Development Aid as Expressive Giving
Niklas Potrafke (University of Munich) and Heinrich Ursprung (University of Konstanz)

Discussant: Dustin Tingley (Harvard University)

2:45-3:00 PM

Refreshment Break

3:00-4:30 PM

Session D

Modest, Secure and Informed: Successful Development in Conflict Zones
Eli Berman (University of California, San Diego), Joseph Felter (Stanford University) Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton University), and Erin Troland (University of California, San Diego)

Discussant: Michael Findley (University of Texas)

Aid and the Rise and Fall of Conflict in the Muslim World
Faisal Ahmed (Oxford University) and Eric Werker (Harvard University)

Discussant: Amaney A. Jamal (Princeton University)

4:30-4:45 PM

Refreshment Break

4:45-6:15 PM

Round Table:
Michael J. Tierney
(College of William and Mary), Helen V. Milner (Princeton University), Angus S. Deaton (Princeton University)

7:00 PM

Reception and Dinner
Chancellor Green, Rotunda

Saturday, April 27


Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30 AM

Session E

Private vs. Public Allocation of U.S. Humanitarian and Development Aid
Tim Büthe (Duke University) with André de Mello e Souza and Solomon Major (U.S. Naval War College)

Discussant: Angus S. Deaton (Princeton University)

Geo-politics, Aid and Growth
Axel Dreher, Vera Eichenauer,and Kai Gehring (University of Heidelberg)

Discussant: Sarah Bermeo (Duke University)

10:30-10:45 AM

Refreshment Break

10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Session F

Splitting the Check: Bargaining Over Counterpart Commitments in World Bank Project
Matthew S. Winters and Jaclyn D. Streitfeld (University of Illinois)

Discussant: Andreas Fuchs (Princeton University/Heidelberg University)

Measuring the Policy Influence of the Millennium Challenge Corporation: A Survey-Based Approach
Bradley C. Parks and Zachary Rice (College of William and Mary)

Discussant: Susan D. Hyde (Yale University)

12:15-12:30 PM

Refreshment Break

12:30-1:15 PM

Session G

Biting the Hand that Feeds: An Organizational Theory Explaining Attacks Against Aid Workers in Civil Conflict
Neil Narang (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Discussant: David B. Carter (Princeton University)

1:15-2:00 PM


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