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SITE Academic Conference "Fighting Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries"

On August 31 and September 1, 2015 the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the ASWEDE network will host an academic conference at the Stockholm School of Economics to bring together researchers across all fields of economics contributing to the debate about corruption, its effects, and the optimal tools to fight it.

The conference will focus on low and middle-income countries and the role of legal institutions, with one section in particular focusing on the experience of the transition countries in the CIS and CEE regions.

Conference keynote speakers:

Abhijit Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab. Banerjee is a past president of theBureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.


Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He is on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies. From December 2009 to July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India at the Ministry of Finance. Till 2009 he was Chairman of the Department of Economics and during 2006-9 he was Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell.



Simeon Djankov is rector of the New Economic School in Moscow. From 2009 to 2013, he was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria in the government of Boyko Borisov. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Simeon Djankov was a Chief economist of the finance and private sector vice-presidency of the World Bank. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2009, and he has also served as a chairman of the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is also a member of the World Bank's Knowledge and Advisory Council, and a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 31 August and 1 September 2015.

Conference venue: Stora Salen, entrance from Holländargatan 32, 7th floor. 

We invite you to register for the conference until August 25, 2015 using the Eventbrite registration form below or via email: gun.malmquist@hhs.se, phone: 08-736 96 72.


Please find more details about the event, conference timing and panels on conference program below or download conference program here.

We invite you to read research papers that will be presented during the conference.  Papers can be downloaded below taking into account that copyright to the individual works is retained by the author(s).

Day 1: Monday, August 31.


Morning Session

  • Keynote: Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank

Corruption, Food Security and the Foundations of Law and Economics | Presented paper

  • Sylvain Chassang, Princeton University

Corruption, Intimidation, and Whistleblowing: A Theory of Inference from Unverifiable Reports | Presented paper | Presentation

Discussant: Chloe Le Coq, SITE | Presentation

  • Tito Cordella, the World Bank

Asymmetric Punishment as an Instrument of Corruption Control | Presented paper | Presentation

Discussant: Jenny Simon, SITE | Presentation

  • Justin Valasek, WZB Berlin

Reforming an Institutional Culture: A Model of Motivated Agents and Collective Reputation | Presented paper | Presentation

Discussant: Elena Paltseva, SITE | Presentation


Afternoon Session

  • Keynote: Simeon Djankov, New Economic School in Moscow

Unhappiness and Corruption in Eastern Europe | Presented paper

  • Anna Kochanova, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Bribery Environment and Firm Performance: Evidence from Central and Eastern European Countries | Presented paper

Discussant: Konrad Burchardi, IIES

  • Andreea Mitrut, Gothenburg University

Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits? | Presented paper

Discussant: Maria Perrotta Berlin, SITE

  • Audinga Baltrunaite, IIES Stockholm University

Political Finance Reform and Procurement: Evidence from Lithuania

Discussant:  Tito Cordella, The World Bank

Policy Panel

  • Moderator: Annika Sundén, Chief Economist at Sida
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT
  • Eric Livny, President of ISET, Tbilisi
  • Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank
  • Simeon Djankov, Rector at the New Economic School in Moscow
  • Tymofiy Mylovanov, University of Pittsburgh and VoxUkraine
  • Giancarlo Spagnolo, SITE and U. of Rome II | Presentation


Day 2: Tuesday, September 1.


Morning Session

  • Rema Hanna, Harvard Kennedy School

The Power of Transparency: Information, Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia | Presentation

Discussant: Jesper Roine, SITE | Presentation

  • Stephane Straub, Toulouse School of Economics

The Value of Revolving Doors in Brazilian Public Procurement

Discussant: Sylvain Chassang, Princeton | Presentation

  • Guilherme Lichand, Harvard University

Is Corruption Good for Your Health | Presentation

Discussant: Ina Ganguli, SITE | Presentation


Afternoon Session

  • Sandip Sukhtankar, Dartmouth College

Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India | Presented paper | Presentation

Discussant: Marieke Huysentruyt, SITE | Presentation

  • Michele Valsecchi, University of Gothenburg

The Political Economy of Corruption in the Bureaucracy

Discussant: Klenio Barbosa, FGV Sao Paulo | Presentation

  • Arieda Muco, Stockholm School of Economics

Learn From Thy Neighbour: Do Voters Associate Corruption with Political Parties? 

Discussant: Anna Kochanova, Max Planck Institute 

  • Sebastian Axbard, Uppsala University

Convicting Corrupt Officials: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Cases

Discussant: Anna Tompsett, Stockholm University | Presentation

  • Keynote: Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Information, Voting and the Quality of Governance | Presentation



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