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Fourth Inter-University Doctoral Workshop in Development Economics, September 28-29, 2011

organized by
Department of Development Economics
South Asia Institute
Ruprecht-Karls Universität

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH),
Hauptstraße 242, 69117 Heidelberg

Wednesday, September 28
Panel Discussion on the Indian Microfinance Crisis in cooperation with Oikocredit
19:30     Informal Dinner (self-paid)

Thursday, September 29
09:00     Welcome and Introduction

Household Decisions and Development

Antje Kröger (DIW Berlin): Migration, Parental Decision Making and Children's outcomes
Malte Reimers (University of Göttingen): The Role of Education for Agricultural Productivity
10:45-11:15     Coffee Break
Haa Lu (University of Frankfurt): Insurance and Agricultural Household Investment Behaviour: Evidence from Vietnam
Markus Olapade (University of Mannheim): Insurance Literacy and Insurance Demand - Evidence from a Field Experiment
12:45-13:45     Lunch

Development and the Macroeconomy

Katerina Gradeva (University of Frankfurt): International Trade and Corruption
Jochen Laps (University of Heidelberg): Pension Schemes and the Sharing of Demographic Risk
Katharina Mühlhoff (University of Mannheim): Infectious Disease and the State - The Case of Smallpox Vaccination in 19th Century Germany and France
16:00-16:30    Coffee Break

Ethnicity and Conflict

Hanne Roggemann (University of Frankfurt): Differences in Consumption Smoothing across Ethnic Groups - Evidence from Vietnam
Damir Esenaliev (DIW Berlin): Are Uzbeks better off? Ethnicity and Economic Welfare in Kyrgyzstan
Johannes Rieckmann (University of Göttingen): Violent Behaviour - The effect of Civil Conflict on Domestic Violence in Colombia

Prof. Dr. Tilmann Brück (DIW Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Klonner (University of Heidelberg)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schündeln (University of Frankfurt)
Prof. Dr. Michèle Tertilt (University of Mannheim)

Branch Office Kathmandu has moved
The SAI Branch Office Kathmandu has moved to Bhanimandal, Lalitpur. The new office is in the neighbourhood of the UK Department For International Developmemnt (DFID) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). It is located in between the NGO Saathi and the Small Grant Program (SGP) of United Nations Development Project UNDP. The SAI Branch office hosts a small library open to local and international visiting scholars.
A new Mirror of Kāśī available on the Web
A HyperImage representation of Kailāsanātha Sukula's historical map Kāśīdarpaa (1876) is available now. This relaunch is based on the website published in 2001 by the Vārāasī Research Project of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. It was recently transferred into a Hyperimage representation that annotates images in great detail by Jörg Gengnagel & HyperEvaluation Team (Matthias Arnold, Peter Gietz, Eric Decker, Giovanna Niebler, Wen-Ting Wu) „Asia and Europe“, Cluster of Excellence Karl Jaspers Center, Heidelberg University 2011. Find more details at the Cluster website.
Report: Excursion to Berlin Archives by Department of History

The South Asia Institute’s Department of History went on an excursion to Berlin from 1st -3rd August to familiarise students of South Asian history with archival collections of interest. The trip was organized by Rafael Klöber and Manju Ludwig, in collaboration with Frank Drauschke from Facts & Files as well as the Institute of Asian and African Studies. The excursion included a workshop about how to use archives, highlighted by guided tours in the Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Federal Archive. The excursion was well received by the participating students of the South Asia Institute and the History Seminar.

Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HEC) founded: SAI is among the founding members

The SAI is one of the founding members of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) that was inaugurated this week. A total of 10 institutes and institutions at Heidelberg University joined forces for the HCE. At HCE the existing competences on environment sciences will be brought together thus intensifying and further developing activities in research, teaching as well as knowledge transfer. The HCE aims at conducting research on the challenges and ecological implications caused by natural, technological and social changes. Find further information on HCE here. Elected founding members of the HCE board are the SAI members Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser and (as deputy) Prof. Dr. William Sax.

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