WWS Calendar

JRCPPF 9th Annual Conference: Development Finance in Fragile States (DAY 1)

Feb 20, 2020 03:00PM to 06:00PM
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
399 Ruehl Family Room
Open to the Public, Tickets Required
Raghuram Rajan (Keynote) Day 1 - Thurs. 2/20/20

Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
Empirical Studies of Conflict
Center on Contemperary China, PIIRS


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Emerging economies are increasingly turning towards private sector financing to fund infrastructure and other development needs. While middle-income countries have the capacity to manage complex, privately financed projects, low-income, and fragile states face several hurdles. Poor infrastructure, political and economic risks, inefficient regulatory regimes, and weak financial systems, all pose barriers to mobilizing new investment and kick-starting private sector growth. This conference will explore some of these challenges, including the role of multilateral development banks and development finance institutions, new instruments to leverage private sector investment, risk management in fragile states, and China’s approach to financing development through the Belt & Road Initiative.

THURSDAY, February 20, 2020

3:00–3:10 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks:
Atif Mian, John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance; Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance, Princeton University


3:00–4:30 PM

SESSION 1: Macro Policy, Capital Flows & Investment

Micaela Giorcelli, Assistant Professor of Economics, UCLA
Odette Lienau, Professor of Law, Cornell University
Jesse Schreger, Assistant Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Brad Setser, Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations
Moderator: Adrien Matray, Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University

4:30–6:00 PM



Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth



6:00–7:30 PM



Reception for conference attendees



Conference Chairs: Ethan Kapstein, Atif Mian, Jacob Shapiro, Leonard WantchekonThe conference will be hosted by the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance at Princeton University. The conference is co-sponsored by the  Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, the Center for Contemporary China, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

Please note that the conference will take place on the Princeton University campus.The conference will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing.

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Please note that the conference will take place on the Princeton University campus. The conference will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing.