PEDL 2023 Conference on Organising Development & The Development of Organisations

Most people in high income countries work within an organisation, often very large with several layers of management. Most people in low income countries work on their own or with family members. 

Why and how do organisations form? Do relational contracts within firms jump start the process of development by allowing trades that could not happen in the market?

These are fundamental questions at the heart of economics. To answer them we need to bridge the expertise of organisational economists (who mostly take the existence of organisations as given) and of scholars of development (who mostly take the lack of organisation as given). This is what this conference aims to do.

The conference will be held at the London School of Economics on 18 and 19 May 2023. We invite papers that straddle, or have the potential to straddle, the two fields. All methods and sectors (public, private, non-profit) welcome.

Paper submissions have now closed.
The final and completed version of all accepted papers must be received by April 30, 2023.


Organising Committee:

  • Bob Gibbons (MIT)
  • Chris Woodruff (Oxford and CEPR)
  • Oriana Bandiera (LSE and CEPR)
  • Rocco Macchiavello (LSE and CEPR)