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Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) Spring 2014


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. 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.

WGAPE 2014 papers can be downloaded from the following link:

WGAPE 2014 Annual Meeting agenda can be found at the following link:

Date and Time

May 16, 2014 9:30am — May 17, 2014 12:45pm


University of California, Los Angeles

Friday May 16th 9:00am-11:00am - Royce Hall, Room 314

Friday May 16th 11:00am-5:15pm - Carnesale Commons, Hermosa Room

Saturday May 17th 9:00am-12:45pm - Carnesale Commons, Hermosa Room


Friday, May 16th

9:30am-10:00am Coffee and breakfast
10:00am-10:15am Welcome and introductions

Public Lecture

Edward Miguel

11:30am-12:00pm Break

A Drop in the Bucket? Explaining Government Responsiveness for Rural Water Provision in Tanzania 

Ruth Carlitz, UCLA

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Politicians’ Preferences and the Provision of Local Public Goods: Evidence from Kenya 

Ryan Sheely, Harvard
3:00pm-4:00pm Electoral Gender Quotas and Attitudes toward Traditional Leaders: A Policy Experiment in Lesotho 

Amanda Clayton, University of Washington
4:00pm-4:15pm Coffee Break

The Effect of Intergroup Conflict on Altruism: Evidence from the Ivoirian Refugee Crisis in Liberia

Ben Morse, MIT

6:30pm-9:30pm Dinner


Saturday, May 17th

9:00am-9:20am Coffee and breakfast

One Student, One Vote: Abolition of School Fees and Support for the Incumbent in Burundi

Manuela Travaglianti, UC-Berkeley


Agents of the Regime? Electoral Clientelism and Traditional Leaders in South Africa

Daniel de Kadt, MIT

11:20am-11:30am Coffee Break

The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya

Ameet Morjaria, LSE/Harvard

12:35-12:45pm Concluding Remarks


National Science Foundation, CEGA, UCLA, UC Berkeley