The World Bank hosts its conference on development economics in Washington, focusing on multilateralism in the past and future.

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The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is convened every year by the World Bank’s Vice Presidency of Development Economics (DEC). It has become known as a showcase for the most recent issues, advancing knowledge, and further questions in development economics, as well as for its discussions among researchers, policymakers, development practitioners, and others actors in the field.

This year’s theme will be “Multilateralism: Past, Present, and Future,” and will coincide with a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, where delegates from 44 nations gathered to establish rules for a new international monetary system that would come to be of significant influence in the post-WWII era.

For more details, including a call for papers, please see the event’s official site.

Sources & Further

For this article’s sources, and further reading on the issues raised by the World Bank Conference on Development Economics, we encourage you to visit the conference’s official site.

World Bank Live also presents (beginning with the video provided below) a series of recordings of events that took place during the conference. Of note were welcome remarks given by Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (Chief Economist, World Bank Group), opening remarks given by David Malpass (President, World Bank Group) and three keynote addresses given by Scott Barrett, Columbia University, Dani Rodrik of Harvard University, and Ngaire Woods of Oxford University.

The Historian Talk, given by Benn Steil (Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations), was focused on Bretton Woods @75, which was in keeping with the World Bank’s focus this year on celebrating and discussing the significance of the 1944 conference. For more on this year’s anniversary events, please see the World Bank’s official site on Bretton Woods @ 75.


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