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A Workshop on African Political Economy


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.  The Africa Governance Practice of the World Bank is collaborating with WGAPE to hold an additional workshop in D.C. to discuss papers of high relevance for their regional programs.

The meeting enables in-depth, round-table discussions of papers that are circulated and read in advance of the meeting. Presenters provided a brief summary of the paper and orienting comments prior to the floor opening for discussion. Constructive commentary is then provided by colleagues.  

Participation in this event is by invitation only.

Date and Time

May 20, 2013


World Bank
Room Number I-2-250, I Building
19th and I Street, NW.

Washington, D.C.


Monday, May 20th


Welcome and Introductions

Marcelo Giugale, World Bank, and Daniel Posner, MIT


Less Guns, More Violence: Evidence from Disarmament in Uganda

Laura Ralston, Economics, MIT


Taxation and Accountability: Experimental Evidence for
Taxation's Effect on Citizen Behavior

Lucy Martin, Political Science, Yale




Delivering Justice to the Poor: Theory and Experimental Evidence from Liberia

Bilal Siddiqi, FSI, Stanford and Justin Sandefur, Center for Global Development


The Politics of Water in Rural Tanzania

Barak Hoffman, Georgetown University


Coffee Break


When Decentralization Begets Recentralization: The Intergovernmental Politics of Administrative Unit Proliferation

Janet Lewis, Government, Harvard and Guy Grossman, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Teacher Absenteeism and the Salience of Local Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from African Districts (updated May 15, 2013)

Eoin McGuirk, Center for Effective Global Action, UC Berkeley


Dinner TBA (by invitation only)