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Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) - Call for papers

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The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world's leading conference series promoting the exchange of innovate and leading research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.

The next Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) conference will take place on June 25-26, 2018 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be "Political Incentives and Development Outcomes."

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways the link between politics and development. Possible topics include the implications of politics in:

  • Public sector management and service delivery
  • Aid effectiveness
  • Social Protection Programs
  • Management of natural resources
  • Stability and inclusion in the financial sector
  • Firm performance and firm dynamics

Also of interest are papers that help understand the behavior of political institutions including legislatures, courts, the executive, political parties, elections, and others.

We welcome papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Those interested should submit a paper (proposals will not be accepted) by February 28, 2018, through the ABCDE website (


Claudia Sepúlveda

Lead Economist, Development Economics Vice Presidency, World Bank

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