Participation in this event is by invitation only.

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Koç University will host Challenges of Middle-Income Economies: Fall 2023 Conference Of The Working Group on the Foundations of Long-run Prosperity on October 26–27, 2023.

A robust economic literature investigates the conditions that allow high-income nations to prosper. However, many countries fall into the category of middle-income, and have reached that level of development with sets of political and economic institutions that, as a matter of scholarship, are not understood fully.  What are the political and economic institutions that allow low-income countries to reach middle-income status?  Do those institutions then facilitate, or frustrate, continued economic growth?

Thursday, October 26th
Time Content Presenters/Panelists Discussant/Chair

9:00 AM

Keynote by Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, Center for Global Development 

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9:45 AM

Break

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10:00 AM

Welcome by Stephen Haber 

Presenter: Stephen Haber, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Presenter: Caner Bakır, Koç University

Presenter: Şuhnaz Yılmaz, Koç University

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10:10 AM

"Governance Crises and Resilience of Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: Turkish Elections of 2023 from the Perspective of Hirschman’s “Exit, Voice, Loyalty”" by Ziya Öniş and Mustafa Kutluay

Presenter: Ziya Öniş, Koç University

Discussant: Alexander Lee, University of Rochester

Discussant: Berk Esen, Sabancı University

Chair: Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, Center for Global Development 

11:25 AM

Break

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11:45 AM

"Getting to Middle Income” by Avidit Acharya, Stephen Haber, and Alexander Lee 

Presenter: Avi Acharya, Hoover Institution & Stanford University 

Discussant: Mehmet Yörükoğlu, Koç University

Discussant: Josh Ober, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Chair: Şuhnaz Yılmaz, Koç University

1:00 PM

Lunch

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2:00 PM

On The Role of Trademarks: From Micro Evidence to Macro Outcomes” by Emin Dinlersoz, Nathan Goldschlag, Mehmet Yörükoğlu, and Nikolas Zolas

Presenter: Mehmet Yörükoğlu, Koç University

Discussant: Ross Levine, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Discussant: Stephen Haber, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Chair: Caner Bakır, Koç University 

3:15 PM

Break

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3:45 PM

“Electoral Cycles, Investment, and Institutional Constraints in Developing Democracies” by Brandice Canes-Wrone, Christian Ponce de Leon, and Sebastian Thieme

Presenter: Brandice Canes-Wrone, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Discussant: Şevket Pamuk, London School of Economics and Political Science & Bosporus University

Discussant: Paola Sapienza, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Chair: Jordan Horrillo, Stanford University 

5:00 PM

Conclusion of October 26th program

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6:30 PM

Dinner

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Friday, October 27th
Time Content Presenters/panelists Discussant/CHAIR

9:00 AM

“Corruption and Bureaucracy: Evidence from Front-Running Public Project Announcements” by Amit Seru

Presenters: Amit Seru, Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Discussant: Ziya Öniş, Koç University

Discussant: Ian Morris, Stanford University

Chair: Dan Kessler, Hoover Institution & Stanford University 
 

10:15 AM

Break

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10:45 AM    

The State and Industrialization in Turkey Since the Nineteenth Century” by Şevket Pamuk

Presenter: Şevket Pamuk, London School of Economics and Political Science & Bosphorus University
 

Discussant: Matt Lowenstein, Hoover Institution

Discussant: Mine Eder, Bosphorus University

Chair: Amit Seru, Hoover Institution & Stanford University
 

12:00 PM

Lunch 

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1:00 PM        

Conclusion of conference

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