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BFI-IOG June Conference 2023

The Institutions, Organizations, and Growth (IOG) Program, in partnership with the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI), invited leading scholars and IOG members to convene three times annually for research conferences and academic exchange. The IOG Program aims to move beyond the limits of traditional economic approaches and provide new frameworks for understanding why some nations succeed economically while others continually fail; why institutions that foster wealth and well-being in one culture, location, or historical period may be less effective in another; and what policies will create the greatest potential for progress. The IOG Program has a long tradition of fruitful interdisciplinary interactions among scholars from a wide range of analytical perspectives in the social sciences.

Participation in IOG-BFI conferences is by invitation only. Scholars who study topics related to institutions, organizations, and growth across a wide variety of disciplines were invited. For questions, please contact bfi-events@uchicago.edu.

All times are listed in CET.


Friday, June 23, 2023
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Built to Fail: How Institutional Legacies and Foreign Aid Undermined State Building in Afghanistan
Jennifer Murtazashvili, University of Pittsburgh (Presenter)
Mohammad Qadam Shah, Seattle Pacific University (Co-author)
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Safe Spaces: Shelters or Tribes?
Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Exporting the Surveillance State via Trade in AI
Noam Yuchtman, University of Oxford
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Discussions and Conclusions
Saturday, June 24, 2023
8:30 am - 9:00 am
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Identity Politics

Nicola Gennaioli, Bocconi University (Co-author)

Guido Tabellini, Bocconi University (Presenter)

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Origins of Political Cleavages: Values, Education and Politics

Tim Besley, London School of Economics

Torsten Persson, Stockholm University (Presenter)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Buffet Lunch
Meeting Room 1
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
From Public to Private: Magnitude and Channels of R&D Spillovers
Antonin Bergeaud, HEC Paris
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Discussion and Conclusions
Sunday, June 25, 2023
8:15 am - 9:00 am
8:30 am - 9:00 am
IOG Business Meeting
Program Members and BFI Senior Staff
9:00 am - 10:30 am
How Organized Crime is Organized: The Gangs of Medellin

Chris Blattman, University of Chicago (Presenter)

Gustavo Duncan, Universidad EAFIT (Co-author)

Benjamin Lessing, University of Chicago (Co-author)

Felipe MartinezUniversity of Economics, Prague (Co-author)

Santiago Tobon, Universidad EAFIT (Co-author)

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Unbundling Prosociality: Inside the largest Armed Group of the Congo

Lewis Dunia Butinda, Kivu Agro Pastorale (Co-author)

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, University of Chicago (Presenter)

Hilary Yu, University of California, Berkeley (Co-author)

12:15 pm
Conference Adjourns