Economic Research on African Development Successes

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The second of three NBER conferences on "Economic Research on African Development Successes" took place in Accra, Ghana on July 18-20, 2010. The conference organizers, all NBER Research Associates, were Sebastian Edwards of the University of California, Los Angeles, Simon Johnson of MIT, and David N. Well of Brown University.

Fifteen research projects were discussed at the meeting. They are:

* "New Cellular Networks in Malawi: Correlates of Service Rollout and Network Performance" Dmitrios Batzilis, University of Chicago; Taryn Dinkelman, Princeton University; Emily Oster, University of Chicago and NBER; Rebecca Thornton, University of Michigan; and Deric Zanera, National Statistical Office, Malawi

* "The Returns to the Brain Drain and Brain Circulation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Computations Using Data from Ghana" Yaw Nyarko, New York University

* "Healing the Wounds: Learning from Sierra Leonc's Post-war Institutional Reforms" Katherine Casey, Brown University; Rachel Glennerster, MIT; and Edward Miguel, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER

* "Fifteen Years On: Household Incomes in South Africa" Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town, and James Levinsohn, Yale University and NBER

* "The Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World" Nathan Nunn, Harvard University and NBER, and Nancy Qian, Yale University and NBER

* "The Financial System in Burundi: An Investigation of its Efficiency in Resource Mobilization and Allocation" Leonce Ndikumana, African Development Bank; Janvier Nkurunziza, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and Prime Nyamoya, OGI Consulting Group, Burundi

* "AGOA Rules: The Intended and Unintended Development Consequences of Special Fabric Provisions" Lawrence Edwards, University of Cape Town, and Robert Z. …