The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. It is co-led by Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA). Thanks to the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants.


This call for papers is for the WGAPE Fall Regional Meeting, to be held November 18-19 at Stanford University.


The meeting will begin on Friday mid-day, November 18th, and end mid-day on Saturday, November 19th. Sessions are built around in-depth discussions of papers that are circulated and expected to be read in advance (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings). Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion. WGAPE is more a forum for presenting work in progress than polished, finished projects and provides an unparalleled opportunity for useful feedback. We invite applicants to submit research in its early stages, including pre-analysis plans and research designs. 


Paper submissions must reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on core issues within the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, and corruption, local governance, and related topics. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply and choice of papers will be based on both full paper submissions and extended abstracts.  


·         Papers must be uploaded to this page (below) by 11:59pm PT on October 3, 2016.

·         Successful applicants will be notified by October 17, 2016 and will be invited to attend the full symposium. WGAPE will cover the cost of economy travel, accommodation and dining (capped). 


For further information, please contact Corinne Cooper (CEGA) at Non-presenters who do not require accommodation or travel funding are welcome to attend the meeting as space permits (travel funding may be extended to local attendees). We ask that you please email with your name, institution, and days you would like to attend and we will confirm whether or not we can accommodate.


Partners/donors: Stanford Center for International Development (SCID)


Quick Reference

Total Prize Money: $20k for Leaders in Education | $60k for Emerging Researchers

Individual Prizes:
$10k for Leaders in Education | $10k-$15k for Emerging Researchers
Nomination Deadline:
11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) Friday, September 16, 2016


Transparency is integral to the validity of social science research – especially when this research informs policy and affects the lives of millions around the world. Today, researchers are not explicitly rewarded for disclosing their data collection and analysis methods, registering detailed pre-analysis plans, or making data and other research materials available to the public.

In order to promote transparent research, and to offer recognition and visibility to scholars practicing open social science, the John Templeton Foundation is generously supporting the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) to launch prizes named for pioneers who helped lay the foundations of research transparency: economist Edward E. Leamer and psychologist Robert Rosenthal.


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