Building Bridges Between Finance and Development

May 20–21, 2009

(All day)

Charles M. Harper Center
Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago
Robert M. Townsend, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In developing countries, many household members are also entrepreneurs or proprietors of microenterprises. To study household financial decision making and the effect of legal institutions on the behavior of entrepreneurs, this conference brought together leading economists from two important subfields in economics: development and finance. The conference investigated the impact of financial opportunities and constraints on individuals and firms in order to better understand the microeconomic underpinnings of economic development and the consequent policy implications.


  • The Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics
  • The Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty at the University of Chicago
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
May 20, 2009 (All day) May 21, 2009 (All day)