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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 2014

Meet in 314 Royce Hall 

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

10:15am-11:30am     Ted Miguel - Public Lecture

11:30am-12:00pm     Break and walk to conference room 

Walk to WGAPE conference room - Carnesale Commons, Hermosa Room

12:00pm-1:00pm       Ruth Carlitz (UCLA)
A Drop in the Bucket? Explaining Government Responsiveness for Rural Water Provision in Tanzania 

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

3:00pm-4:00pm      Amanda Clayton (U.Washington)
Electoral Gender Quotas and Attitudes toward Traditional Leaders: A Policy Experiment in Lesotho 

4:00pm-4:15pm          Coffee break

4:15pm-5:15pm          Ben Morse (MIT)

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

6:30pm-9:30pm          Dinner 

Saturday, May 17th 2014

Meet in Carnesale Commons, Hermosa Room

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

9:20am-10:20am       Manuela Travaglianti (Berkeley)
One Student, One Vote: Abolition of School Fees and Support for the Incumbent in Burundi

10:20am-11:20am     Daniel de Kadt (MIT)
Agents of the Regime? Electoral Clientelism and Traditional Leaders in South Africa

11:20am-11:35am     Coffee break

11:35am-12:35pm     Ameet Morjaria (LSE/Harvard)
The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya

12:35pm-12:45pm     Concluding remarks     

Brian Dillon (University of Washington)


National Science Foundation, CEGA, UCLA, UC Berkeley