Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Americas Center and the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University


Opening Remarks
Stephen Kay, Americas Centers Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Session 1: Labor Markets, Human Capital, and Economic Development

Ethnic Wage Gaps in Segmented Labor Markets
Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza, Georgia State University
Discussant: Julie Hotchkiss, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Labor Market, Education, and Armed Conflict in Tajikistan
Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology
Discussant: Len Carlson, Emory University

Migration and Human Capital Development in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan [Presentation]
Kathryn Anderson, Vanderbilt University, and Bakhraom Mirkasimov, DIW Berlin
Discussant: Haizheng Li, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 2: The Political Economy of Government Distortion and Extortion

The Distributional Consequences of Government Spending Off-site [Presentation]
Santanu Chatterjee, University of Georgia, and Stephen Turnovsky, University of Washington
Discussant: Felix Rioja, Georgia State University [Presentation]

Pampered Bureaucracy and Trade Liberalization Off-site [Presentation]
Ben Zissimos, Vanderbilt University and Caleb Stroup, Vanderbilt University
Discussant: Tibor Besedes, Georgia Institute of Technology [Presentation]

Tax Avoidance, Tax Preference, and Re-imports: The Case of "Redundant" Trade
Xuepeng Liu, Kennesaw State University
Discussant: Patricia Schneider, Agnes Scott College

Session 3: The Economics of Kinship: Remittances, Lending, and Conflict

Economic Shocks and Civil Conflict: Evidence from the Constraints of the Open-Economy Trilemma
Peter Hull, FRB New York, and Masami Imai, Wesleyan University
Discussant: Tetsuya Saito, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo [Presentation]

Relationship Lending in Microcredit: Evidence from Bangladesh [Presentation]
Sugato Chakravarty, Purdue University, and Abu Zafar Shahriar, Purdue University
Discussant: Waldery Rodrigues Junior, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Brazil)

Can Remittances Spur Economic Growth and Development?
Bichaka Fayissa, Middle Tennessee State University, and Christian Nsiah, Black Hills State University
Discussant: Federico Mandelman, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Presentation]

Closing Remarks
Penelope Prime, Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University, and Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.