By Veronica Marian
On May 12th and 13th, the Stanford Center for International Development hosted the 33rd Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) Conference on Development Economics. This marked the first time the conference was held at Stanford and only the second time it has been held on the West Coast.
SCID’s partnership with BREAD, which has been organizing conferences focused on development economics since 2002, signifies the growing community of international development scholars at Stanford.
“We are thrilled to be hosting BREAD,” said SCID director Grant Miller. “Together with NBER, BREAD is arguably the leading academic body of development economists across universities,” added Miller, an associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
One unique aspect of the BREAD conference is the opportunity it presents to economists in the early stages of their careers. Junior scholars shared their early-stage work and had the opportunity to get feedback on their papers from top scholars in the audience. Four presentations covered topics from crop insurance in China, working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories, FDI flows in the United States, and tools to identify financial and social network relationships in India.
The two-day conference also featured eight presentations by prominent development economists from leading institutions around the world, including American and foreign universities and the World Bank. Among the topics discussed were effects of migration on rural labor markets, female labor supply, private school grants, estimating household welfare, and identifying network structures. Additionally, attendees including Stanford graduate students listened to a panel discussion on “Getting Published in Development Economics.”
The conference was organized by SCID faculty affiliates Pascaline Dupas, who serves as the BREAD Secretary, and Marcel Fafchamps, along with scholars Fred Finan and Elizabeth Sadoulet from UC Berkeley and Jon Robinson from UC Santa Cruz.
BREAD conferences are typically held semiannually and are only open to BREAD fellows.