Ends on October 15, 2017

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.

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