Regional Bank Conference on Development Economics (RBCDE)

Beijing, China, January 16-17, 2007

I am pleased to invite you to participate in the Regional Bank Conference on Development Economics (RBCDE), which will be held in Beijing, on January 16-17, 2007. The overarching theme for this year’s conference is Higher Education and Development. A preliminary agenda is enclosed for your reference.

Sponsored by the World Bank's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, the conference series is a forum for discussion and debate on policies and approaches for promoting economic development. By improving the dialogue between development researchers and practitioners, the conferences seek to encourage fresh thinking and research on critical gaps in our understanding of the development process and to identify new areas that merit our attention.

The conference will have six invited papers on four themes: Higher Education and Migration: Brain Drain and Sharing Skills in the Region, Higher Education and Development, Technological Innovation: Linkages between Universities and Industry, Higher Education and Labor Markets in East Asia. Following the presentations by authors and discussants, each session will have a floor discussion. 

Please confirm your attendance by filling in and returning the attached participant form to the World Bank Office, see the attached form for more information.

I look forward to your participation at the conference. If you have any questions or would like further details about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 202 473 1062 or email at


                                 Boris Pleskovic

                                 Research Manager

                                 Development Economics


Agenda ( Tentative)

Participant Form

The World Bank



Regional Bank Conference on Development Economics (RBCDE) - Beijing

Higher Education and Development

Time: January 16-17, 2007

Venue: Multi function room, Main Building, Friendship Hotel


Day 1 Tuesday, January 16

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee

15:30 – 16:00 RBCDE Welcome Addresses

Wu Qidi, Vice Minister, Ministry of Education, Beijing (To be confirmed)

Francois Bourguignon, World Bank

16:00 – 17:30 Higher Education and Migration: Brain Drain and Sharing Skills in the Region

Chair: ZhenZhen Zheng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Higher Education and International Migration in Asia: Brain Circulation

Mark Rosenzweig, Yale University

Discussants: Patricia A. Sto Tomas, Development Bank of the Philippines

Frederic Docquier, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium


17:30 – 18:00 Floor Discussion

19:00 – 21:00 Chair(s): Ernesto Zedillo & Francois Bourguignon

Keynote Dinner Speaker: L. Alan Winters, World Bank

Skilled Labour: Where It Comes From, Where it Goes


Day 2 Wednesday, January 17

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee

09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Addresses

Chair: Boris Pleskovic, World Bank

Global Returns to Higher Education: Trends, Drivers, and Policy Responses

Francois Bourguignon, World Bank


09:30 – 10:30 Private-Public Provision  of Higher Education

Chair: Guillermo Perry, World Bank

Private-Public Interfaces  in Higher Education: Two Sectors Working in Sync?

Daniel Levy, SUNY (Albany)

Discussants: Norman LaRocque, Education Forum, New Zealand

Kai-Ming Cheng, University of Hong Kong


10:30 – 11: 00 Floor discussion

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee

11:15 – 12:15 Financing Higher Education

Chair: Jean-Christophe Bas, World Bank

Financing Higher Education: Lessons from developed economies, options for

developing economies

Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics

Discussants: Cheonsik Woo, Korea Development Institute

Rong Wang, Peking University 

12:15 – 12:45 Floor discussion

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch


Day 2 (cont’d) Wednesday, January 17

14:00 – 14:30 Keynote Address: Higher Education Finance in East Asia

Chair: David Dollar, World Bank

Higher Education Finance in East Asia

Min Weifang, University of Beijing

14:30 – 16:00 Technological Innovation: Linkages between Universities and Industry

Chair: Gudrun Kochendorfer-Lucius, InWent, Germany

Technological Change and Innovation: The Role of Universities 

In National Economic Development

Bengt-Ake Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

Maryann Feldman, University of Georgia

Discussants: Fumio Kodama, Shibaura University, Japan

Shahid Yusuf, World Bank

16:00 – 16:30 Floor discussion

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee

17:00 – 18:00 Higher Education and Labour Markets in Asia

Chair: Li Jiange, Development Research Council, China (To be confirmed)

Higher Education and Labour Markets in India

Pawan Agarwal, ICRIER, India

Discussants: Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, Malaysia

Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro, Indonesia

18:00 – 18:30 Floor discussion

Regional Bank Conference on Development Economics (RBCDE)

January 16-17, 2007

Beijing, China

Venue: Multi-Function Room, Main Building, Friendship Hotel (Tel: 6849 8888-100)