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Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) Spring 2013

Description

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE - pronounced "wah-gah-pay") 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. Since 2002, 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, MIT) and Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley).

​WGAPE serves as a forum for presenting works-in-progress, and provides an unparalleled opportunity for useful feedback by colleagues in the field.  After nine years as an exclusively west coast entity, WGAPE expanded its reach to include scholars from across the country.  Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), WGAPE held its first national meeting in May 2012, at the Blum Center on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

​The two-day meeting consisted of in-depth, round-table discussions of papers that were circulated and read in advance of the meeting.  Presenters provided a brief summary or the paper and orienting comments prior to the floor opening for discussion.

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Date and Time

May 3, 2013 10:00am — May 4, 2013 12:30pm

Location

Sloane School MIT, Building E62, Room 221 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Agenda

Friday, May 3rd

10:00am–10:30am

Coffee & Breakfast

10:30am–10:50am

Welcome and Introductions, Discussion of WGAPE and Presentation Format

Edward Miguel, Dan Posner, and Lisa Chen

10:50am–11:40am

Internal Borders: Ethnic Diversity and Market Segmentation in Malawi

Amanda Robinson, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Stanford University

11:40am–12:30pm

The Political Economy of Ethnicity and Property Rights in Slums: Evidence from Kenya

Tavneet Suri, Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

12:30pm–1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm–2:20pm

Geographic Variation in Ethnic Political Mobilization

Mauricio Velasquez, PhD Candidate,  Political Science, UCLA

2:20pm–3:10pm

How Political Violence Shapes Trust in the State: Survey Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Omar Garcia Ponce and Benjamin Pasquale, PhD Candidates, Politics, New York University

3:10pm–3:40pm

Coffee Break

3:40pm–4:30pm

Bandits or States: Evidence on the Origins of States from Armed Groups in Eastern Congo

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, PhD Candidate, Economics, Columbia University

4:30pm–4:45pm

Transparency in Social Science Research

Edward Miguel

4:45pm–5:15pm

Executive Committee Meeting (Closed)


 

Saturday, May 4th

9:00am–9:30am

Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am–10:20am

The Economic and Social Returns to Cash Transfers: Evidence from a Ugandan Aid Program

Christopher Blattman, Assistant Professor, International and Public Affairs / Political Science, Columbia University

10:20am–11:10am

The Long-Term Effects of the Printing Press in Sub-Saharan Africa

Julia Cagé, PhD Candidate, Economics, Harvard University

11:10am–11:30am

Coffee Break

11:30am–12:20pm

Renewalist Christianity, Political Competition and the Political Saliency of LGBTs in sub-Saharan Africa    

Guy Grossman, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

12:20pm–12:30pm

Concluding Remarks

Dan Posner (UC Los Angeles)

Partners

National Science Foundation (NSF), MIT Department of Political Science