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Working Group in African Political Economy Fall 2018 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 since 2002.

The meeting will begin on Friday mid-day, December 7th, and end mid-day on Saturday, December 8th. 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 a roundtable discussion.

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 meetings provide an excellent opportunity for advanced PhD candidates to work on refining their job market papers.

Date and Time

Dec 7, 2018 — Dec 8, 2018


University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada