Working Group in African Political
Request for Applications: NYU-AD
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
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:
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.
submit the following by October 15th, 2017:
Paper submission in PDF / Word format
Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact
information, including country of current location.
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.
For further information, please contact Alex Dobyan (CEGA)