October 11-14, 2019

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Key Dates
February 15 Call for abstracts
May 13 Abstract and financial assistance deadline
May 22 Decision Notifications
May 22 Financial assistance decision notification
June 1-June 15 Earlybird registration period
June 17-July 31 Regular registration period
Aug 1-Sept 30 Extended registration period for observers
September 9 Hotel blocks close (book your
accomodations early!)
September 13 Draft program shared with participants
October 1 Paper and presentation link sent
October 8 Presentations due
October 10 Papers due
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Registration for the 2019 conference is closed.

Workshop Information

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Explore what happened each day of the conference

Venue and Accommodation Information

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Other Useful Info

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Participant List

See who participated in the 2019 conference.



Full Papers

The submission of a full paper is strongly encouraged. Submit your paper by October 10. A link will be sent by October 1. Papers should be between 5,000-12,000 words, including references. No specific format or style is required.

Oral, Lightning, and Pre-Organized Sessions

Access the presentation guidelines HERE. The submission of your presentation slides (oral, lightning, and pre-organized sessions) is REQUIRED. Submit your presentation by October 8. A link will be sent by October 1. 

Special Issues

Access the special issues guidelines HERE.


Access the poster guidelines HERE.

Registration Pricing

Registration Type Admission Item Earlybird Regular Observer Extended Late
June 1-June 15 June 16-July 31 Aug 1-Sept 30 Oct 1-Oct 11
Non-UM Observer $350 $400 $400 $500
Non-UM Presenter (oral presentation, lightning,
workshop facilitator)
$375 $425 X X
Non-UM Postdoc Observer $250 $350 $350 X
Non-UM Postdoc presenter (oral presentation,
lightning, workshop facilitator)
$325 $375 X X
Non-UM Grad Student Observer $200 $250 $250 X
Non-UM Grad student presenter (oral presentation,
lightning, workshop facilitator)
$250 $300 X X
Non-UM Undergrad Observer $150 $150 $150 X
Non-UM Undergrad student presenter (oral
presentation, lightning)
$150 $150 X X
Non-UM Undergrad Student Poster $0 $0 X X
Non-UM Poster (Regular, Postdoc, Grad student) $150 $150 X X
UM Affiliated Observer $200 $250 $250 $500
UM Affiliated Presenter (oral presentation,
lightning, workshop facilitator)
$200 $250 X X
UM Affiliated Postdoc Observer $150 $200 $200 X
UM Affiliated Postdoc presenter (oral presentation,
lightning, workshop facilitator)
$150 $200 X X
UM Affiliated Grad Student Observer $150 $150 $150 X
UM Affiliated Grad student presenter (oral presentation,
lightning, workshop facilitator)
$150 $150 X X
UM Affiliated Undergraduate Observer $150 $150 $150 X
UM Affiliated Undergrad student presenter (oral
presentation, lightning, poster)
$150 $150 X X
UM Affiliated Undergrad Student Poster $0 $0 X X
UM Affiliated Poster (Regular, Postdoc, Grad student) $150 $150 X X
All Welcome Reception FREE FREE FREE FREE
All Workshops $30 $30 $30 $30
All Dinner - Group Session
Oct 12th
$30 $30 $30 x
All Partner dinner ticket
(not attending conference)
$60 $60 $60 X
All Partner reception ticket
(not attending conference)
$30 $30 $30 X

Cancellation/Refund Policy: A registration refund fee of $100 and a workshop registration fee of $25 will be accessed for cancellations on or up to September 2nd. There will be no refunds for conference or workshop cancellations after September 2nd.

World Development Editorial Advisory Board

Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford
Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana
Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University
Michael Bratton, Michigan State University
Axel Dreher, Heidelberg University
Jean Dreze, Ranchi University
Christelle Dumas, Université de Fribourg
Eliana La Ferrara, Università Bocconi
Ana María Ibanez, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Pamela Jagger, University of Michigan
Stephan Klasen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Melissa Leach, University of Sussex
Christian Lund, University of Copenhagen
Katharina Michaelowa, Universität Zürich
Sophie Mitra, Fordham University
Jonathan Morduch, NYU Wagner

David Mosse, University of London
Susan Parker, University of Maryland
Daniel Posner, University of California at Los Angeles
Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI
Vijayendra Rao, World Bank
Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University
Helle Munk Ravnborg, University of Copenhagen
Mireille Razafindrakoto, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Karen Seto, Yale University
Sheona Shackleton, University of Cape Town
Rainer Thiele, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Thierry Verdier, Paris School of Economics
Jackline Wahba, University of Southampton
Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University
Matthew S. Winters, University of Illinois

World Development Associate Editors

Anthony Bebbington, Clark University, Melbourne University
Catherine Boone, London School of Economics
Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development
Jean-Philippe Platteau, Université de Namur