Working Group in African Political
Request for Papers
Fall 2017 Regional
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
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.
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.
invite submissions in two categories:
Paper submissions. These
submissions can be works-in-progress. Only complete drafts are given
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.
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.
submissions must include:
Paper submission or Research Design in PDF or Word format.
Latest Curriculum Vitae with contact information, including country of current
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
Please contact Alex Dobyan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.