Infrastructure for Development Conference (Call for papers)

Infrastructure, Recovery & Growth: Building out from the Pandemic

The third Infrastructure for Development Conference (#Infra4Dev) 

The Infrastructure for Development Conference series (#Infra4Dev) is an initiative of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, aiming to promote dialogue and exchange between leading edge economic researchers and the wider community of policymakers and practitioners on leveraging infrastructure for development.

The World Bank and the IGC are partnering for the third annual #Infra4Dev Conference, to be held online on the mornings (ET) of 3-4 March 2022. This year we are doing an international ‘Call for Papers’ to promote engagement with a diverse range of scholars across the world. The deadline for the submission of papers is 16 January 2022, and interested researchers are encouraged to participate by following the instructions below.

Policymakers around the world are currently grappling with the immediate economic recovery from the global pandemic, while at the same time trying to steer the global economy on to a more sustainable long-term development path. Accordingly, the theme for this year’s conference is understanding how various forms of infrastructure contribute to improving economic performance. Specifically, we will explore how a variety of infrastructural developments – such as digital infrastructure, transport networks, and energy systems – are linked to economic growth and wider development impacts.

Call for papers 

Evaluating the impact of infrastructure on economic development presents multiple challenges – proper identification and measurement of impact, evaluation of long-term and general equilibrium effects, interactions between different types of infrastructure, to name a few. We are particularly interested in papers that rigorously estimate the impact of infrastructure on economic outcomes, especially where these present methodological innovations. Focus on developing countries would also be appreciated.

Papers should be submitted through the IGC portal. The deadline for the submission of papers is 16 January 2022. Please direct any queries regarding this call to  

The latest updates on the conference are available on the World Bank’s webpage.