LSE Workshop on Finance and Development

Monday 11- Tuesday 12 June 2018

LSE Department of Economics, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3TL

Venue: Room 32LIF.1.04, 1st floor of 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Breakfast and Lunch: Kinta Alley (Mezzanine, Lower Ground Floor of 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields)
Organiser: Emma Taverner, room: 32L.1.28, telephone: 020 7955 7418, email:

The first LSE Workshop on Finance and Development brings together a group of researchers who are working on the micro and macro aspects of finance and its role in economic development.


Tim Besley

Tim Besley
School Professor of Economics of Political Science
W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics
Department of Economics, LSE


Konrad Burchardi
Assistant Professor
Institute for International Economic Studies
Stockholm University



Maitreesh Ghatak
Professor of Economics
Deputy Head of Department for Research
Department of Economics, LSE



Nicola Limodio
Assistant Professor of Finance
Bocconi University




(You can also download a copy of the schedule here)

Monday 11 June 2018

08:00-08:45      Breakfast, Kinta Alley

08:45-09:00      Coffee, Registration and Welcome

09:00-09:45      Terrorism Financing, Recruitment and Attacks: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in PakistanNicola Limodio (Bocconi)

09:45-10.30      Credit Allocation under Economic Stimulus: Evidence from ChinaJacopo Ponticelli (Kellogg)

10:30-11:00      Break

11:00-11:45      The Gains from Financial Inclusion: Theory and a Quantitative AssessmentTim Besley (LSE), Konrad Burchardi (IIES) and Maitreesh Ghatak (LSE) 

11:45-12:30      Dispersion in Financing Costs and DevelopmentTiago Cavalcanti (Cambridge)

12:30-14:00      Lunch, Kinta Alley

14:00-14:45     On Her Account: Can Strengthening Women’s Financial Control Boost Female Labor Supply? - Rohini Pande (Harvard)

14:45-15:30    Aggregating Distributional Treatment Effects: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis of the Microcredit LiteratureRachel Meager (LSE)

15.30-16:00    Break

16:00-16:45    Why Do People Stay Poor – Oriana Bandiera (LSE)

16:45-17:30    Targeting High Ability Entrepreneurs Using Community Information: Mechanism Design In The FieldNatalia Rigol (MIT)

Tuesday 12 June 2018

08:00-08:45      Breakfast, Kinta Alley

09:00-09:45      Poverty and Migration in the Digital Age: Experimental Evidence on Mobile Banking in Bangladesh - Jonathan Morduch (NYU) 

09:45-10.30      Nascent markets: Understanding the success and failure of new stock markets - Thorsten Beck (Cass)

10:30-11:00      Break

11:00-11:45      Borrowing Requirements, Credit Access, and Adverse Selection: Evidence from KenyaMichael Kremer (Harvard) 

11:45-12:30      Mission and the Bottom Line: Performance Incentives in a Multi-Goal Organization - Xavier Gine (World Bank)

12:30-14:00      Lunch, Kinta Alley