Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)

Request for Applications: NYU-AD Meeting

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.  The group has met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington), and Amanda Robinson (Department of Politics, Ohio State University.) The 2018 Meeting will be hosted by NYU-Abu Dhabi from held on January 26-28. The deadline to submit applications will be:

11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, October 15th 2017


Yearly Meeting Format

WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups in the U.S. each fall, a winter international meeting, and in a U.S. national meeting each spring.  This is the third international meeting hosted by our partners at NYU-Abu Dhabi, led by faculty Morgan Hardy, J. Andrew Harris, Melina Platas Izama, and Peter van der Windt.

The meeting will center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper. WGAPE accepts early work, near-complete drafts, and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings).


Submission of Papers and Research Designs

We invite paper and research design submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students, junior faculty, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

We invite two types of submissions:

1)   Full paper submissions. These submissions can be works in progress.

2)    Research design submissions. These submissions should describe a fully planned research study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan. This document details the statistical analyses that will be conducted for a given research project before the researchers conduct the study and look at the data. Hypotheses, outcomes, control variables, and regression specifications are all written in as much detail as possible. Please find examples of a Pre-Analysis Plan Below

·         A template for drafting a Pre-Analysis Plan

·         A sample Pre-Analysis Plan discussed at a previous WGAPE meeting

The review committee will evaluate papers and research designs based on the quality of their design and execution, their fit with WGAPE’s traditional topics of interest, and their ability to generate productive discussion at the meeting.


To Apply

Please submit the following by October 15th, 2017:

a)      Paper submission in PDF / Word format

b)      Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location.

c)      The name, title, and contact information of one reference (from a current/previous collaborator or advisor) that would be able to comment on your research interests and future research trajectory.


Award Notification and Funding

Successful applicants will be notified by November 6th, 2017 and will be invited to attend the full symposium.

Thanks to NYU-AD, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants. Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU-AD.


Further Inquiries

For further information, please contact Alex Dobyan (CEGA) at wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)

Request for Applications: NYU-AD Meeting

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.  The group has met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington), and Amanda Robinson (Department of Politics, Ohio State University.) The 2018 Meeting will be hosted by NYU-Abu Dhabi from held on January 26-28. The deadline to submit applications will be:

11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, October 15th 2017


Yearly Meeting Format

WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups in the U.S. each fall, a winter international meeting, and in a U.S. national meeting each spring.  This is the third international meeting hosted by our partners at NYU-Abu Dhabi, led by faculty Morgan Hardy, J. Andrew Harris, Melina Platas Izama, and Peter van der Windt.

The meeting will center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper. WGAPE accepts early work, near-complete drafts, and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings).


Training Opportunity for Developing Country Researchers

This year, in addition to our call for paper presentations, we also invite applications through this call for African scholars to attend both the WGAPE meeting and a special training session led by Evidence in Government in Politics (EGAP), co-sponsored by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).

This four-day training will be held prior to the WGAPE meeting on January 22-25, and will focus on empirical methods for research in developing countries, including causal inference, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, and various topics in research transparency.  

This opportunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy who either a) currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere.


To Apply

Please submit the following by October 15th, 2017:

a)    Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location, position title, and degree(s) held.

b)   A statement of the applicant’s research that relates to the WGAPE topics listed above or to other issues relevant to economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. This should include research interests and methods (or planned methods) and should be representative of the applicant’s academic writing.

c)   The name, title, and contact information of one reference (from a current/previous collaborator or advisor) that would be able to comment on the applicant’s research interests and future research trajectory.


Award Notification and Funding

Successful applicants will be notified by November 6th, 2017 and will be invited to attend the full symposium.

Thanks to NYU-AD, EGAP, and the Hewlett Foundation, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants. Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU-AD.


Further Inquiries

For further information, please contact Alex Dobyan (CEGA) at wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will hold its 6th Annual Meeting at UC Berkeley on December 5-6, 2017. The goal of the meeting is to bring together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency in order to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity across social science disciplines.

This Call for Papers focuses on work that evaluates the reproducibility of bodies of social science literature, elaborates new tools and strategies to increase the transparency and reproducibility of research, or evaluates the efficacy of existing tools. A committee of reviewers will select a limited number of papers to be presented and discussed. Topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-registration and the use of pre-analysis plans;
  • Disclosure and transparent reporting;
  • Replicability and reproducibility;
  • Data sharing;
  • Methods for detecting and reducing publication bias or data mining;
  • Meta-analysis;
  • Assessment of the validity or reproducibility of literature.

Papers or long abstracts must be submitted by Monday, October 23 (11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time). Travel funds may be provided for presenters. Eligible submissions include completed papers and works in progress.

The 2017 BITSS Annual Meeting is co-sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)

Request for Papers

Fall 2017 Regional Meeting

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.  The group has met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington). The fall regional meeting will be held on November 17th-18th at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The deadline to submit papers to this regional meeting is 11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

Meeting Format

The meeting will begin on Friday mid-day, November 17th, and end mid-day on Saturday, November 18th. The meeting will be built around in-depth discussions of around seven to eight papers that are pre-circulated and expected to be read in advance (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings). Each submission that is selected will receive a one-hour discussion slot at the meeting. Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion.

Submission Categories

We invite paper and research design submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

WGAPE provides full funding for the cost of airfare, accommodations and meals for presenters. Due to the regional nature of the meeting, we will prioritize attendees based in the Western U.S. and Canada. Potential applicants currently based outside North America are encouraged to apply to the upcoming international WGAPE meeting hosted by NYU - Abu Dhabi. A call for that conference will be circulated soon.

We invite submissions in two categories:

1)    Paper submissions. These submissions can be works-in-progress. Only complete drafts are given consideration.

2)     Research design submissions. These submissions should describe a fully planned research study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan; please find a template at this link.

The review committee will evaluate papers based on the quality of their design and execution, their fit with WGAPE’s traditional topics of interest, and their ability to generate productive discussion at the meeting.

To Apply

All submissions must include:

a)    Paper submission or Research Design in PDF or Word format.

b)    Latest Curriculum Vitae with contact information, including country of current location.


Non-presenters

Non-presenters who do not require accommodation or travel funding are welcome to attend the meeting as space permits. In the case that there are available funds, WGAPE may be able to fund non-presenters’ travel. We ask that you please email the address listed below with your name, institution, and days you would like to attend and we will confirm whether or not we can accommodate you or potentially fund your travel. All attendees, including non-presenters, are expected to read the papers and research designs in advance.

Further Inquiries

Please contact Alex Dobyan at wgapeworkshop@gmail.com with any further questions.