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Diversification and Structural Transformation for Growth and Stability in Low-Income Countries

Diversification and Structural Transformation for Growth and Stability in Low-Income Countries

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Place: IMF HQ2 Conference Hall 2
1900 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington D.C.

The International Monetary Fund and the UK Department for International Development will hold a joint conference at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2013.

The conference will provide a forum for discussing the latest research on the structural transformation process in low-income countries, and will facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers. Among the participants are Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard University), Dani Rodrik (Harvard University), Richard Rogerson (Princeton University), and Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institute). Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist, World Bank) will deliver the lunch remarks. The event will conclude with a policy panel.

The conference is open to the public, but registration is required. To register for the conference please complete the Online Registration Form (IMF - WB staff do not need to register). The deadline for public registration is Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Registered attendees will be required to present photo identification on entering the IMF at 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington D.C. For questions regarding the conference, please email Diversification@imf.org.

Disclaimer

The views expressed in these papers are those of the authors only, and the presence of them, or of links to them, on the IMF website does not imply that the IMF, its Executive Board, or its management endorses or shares the views expressed in the papers.


 

Diversification and Structural Transformation for Growth and Stability in Low-Income Countries


IMF – HQ2 Conference Hall 2
1900 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC

8:30 –9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 –9:15 am

Welcome

Min Zhu (Deputy Managing Director, IMF)
Welcome Remarks

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9:15 –9:45 am

Opening Remarks

Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard University)

9.45–11:30 am

Openness, Diversification, and Macroeconomic Policies

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Chair: Sharmini Coorey (IMF)

Does What You Export Matter?

William Maloney (World Bank)

Structural Change in an Open Economy

Kei-Mu Yi (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

Quality Upgrading in Developing Economies

Christian Henn (IMF)

11:30–11:45 am

*** Coffee Break ***

11.45 am–1:00 pm

Growth through Structural Transformation

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Chair: Min Zhu (Deputy Managing Director, IMF)

Growth and Structural Transformation

Richard Rogerson (Princeton University)

Economic Integration and Structural Change

Romain Wacziarg (UCLA)

1:00–2:30 pm

*** Lunch Open to all participants ***

(HQ2 – Conference Hall 2)

Luncheon Speaker

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Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist, World Bank)

2:30–4:15 pm

Sectoral Productivity and Macroeconomic Performance

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Chair: Anoop Singh (IMF)

The Agricultural Productivity Gap in Developing Countries

Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford)

Structural Change through Diversification

Fidel Perez-Sebastian (University of Alicante)

The Size Distribution of Farms and International Productivity Differences

Diego Restuccia (University of Toronto)

4:15–4:30 pm

*** Coffee Break ***

4:30–6:00 pm

Panel: “Policies for Diversification and Structural Transformation”

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Moderator: Olivier Blanchard (Economic Counsellor and Director, RES, IMF)

Panelists:

Dani Rodrik (Harvard University)

Sean Nolan (IMF)

Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard University)

Richard Rogerson (Princeton University)

Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institute)

6:00–7:30 pm

*** Reception—Open to all participants ***

Organizing Committee: Chris Papageorgiou and Nikola Spatafora (IMF)

Organizers:

Chris Papageorgiou
and Nikola Spatafora (IMF)

Conference Coordinators:
Ke Wang and Neri Gomes
Email: Diversification@imf.org