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 Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington). We are collaborating with partners at NYU -- Abu Dhabi, J. Andrew Harris and Peter van der Windt to host a special WGAPE meeting with a research discussions component and training module. We look forward to inviting a larger group of African scholars who can benefit from these meeting objectives. Thanks to NYU-AD, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants.
WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups each fall and in a national meeting each spring. This call for papers is for a special, supplementary WGAPE meeting, which will be held January 7-9, 2016 at New York University – Abu Dhabi.
This meeting will expand upon the WGAPE model to include both research discussion sessions on papers in progress, as in previous years (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings), and a short training workshop to expose African/developing country scholars to the newest tools and approaches to conducting rigorous research on political economy of Africa.
1) Our research discussion sessions are built around in-depth discussions of papers that are circulated and expected to be read in advance. 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.
2) Our short training workshop component will provide African/developing country scholars a chance to learn experimental methods in studying topics relevant to political economy of Africa, best research practices, and resource module to guide scholars to data sources, training materials, and networking fora.
This call is broken into two tracks. Please review the following carefully.
1) Paper Submissions for research discussion sessions
We invite paper submissions which 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 and local governance. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Each submission that is selected will receive one-hour discussion slot at the meeting.
We invite two types of paper submissions:
a) Full paper submissions. These submissions can be works in progress.
b) 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, detail and examples here. 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.
Anyone submitting to this category must provide the following materials:
a) Paper submission in PDF / Word format
b) Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location.
2) Application to attend as a non-presenting participant in the workshop and training module
This year, we invite junior scholars to apply to attend the workshop as participants. We highly encourage African scholars/developing country scholars to apply. NYU-Abu Dhabi will cover all costs of travel, visa, and accommodation for this purpose. We ask that you submit the following materials to apply:
a) Most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location
b) 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
c) A sample of the applicant’s academic writing that relates, even if only loosely, to the topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above.
To submit your materials:o
Participant costs and travel:
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 Elisa Cascardi (CEGA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners/donors: New York University – Abu Dhabi and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
Additional meetings: During January 4-19, 2016 NYU-AD will host the Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute (WESSI). Select WGAPE participants will be able to attend this training, after successful application to WGAPE through one of the categories listed above.