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Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) Fall 2015


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. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington). Thanks to the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants.

This call for papers is for the WGAPE Fall Regional Meeting, to be held November 6-7, 2015 at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University.

The meeting will begin on Friday mid-day, November 6th, and end mid-day on Saturday, November 7th. Sessions are built around in-depth discussions of papers that are circulated and expected to be read in advance (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings). Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion. WGAPE is more a forum for presenting work in progress than polished, finished projects and provides an unparalleled opportunity for useful feedback. 

Paper submissions must reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on core issues within the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, and corruption and local governance. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply and choice of papers will be based on both full paper submissions and extended abstracts.  

  • Papers must be uploaded to by 11:59pm PT on September 21st, 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by October 6th, 2015 and will be invited to attend the full symposium. WGAPE will cover the cost of economy travel, accommodation and dining (capped). 


For further information, please contact Elisa Cascardi (CEGA) at Non-presenters who do not require accommodation or travel funding are welcome to attend the meeting as space permits (travel funding may be extended to local attendees). We ask that you please email with your name, institution, and days you would like to attend and we will confirm whether or not we can accommodate.

Partners/donors: School of Politics and Global Studies (ASU) and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).

Date and Time

Nov 6, 2015 9:00am — Nov 7, 2015 3:00pm


Friday 6th November
699 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

Please make your way to 699 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 in time for the lunch.

12:15 -1:00pm Informal Welcome Lunch
699 S. Mill Ave (Ceramics Research Center)
1.00 - 2.00pm Session 1
Using Technology to Promote Participation in Emerging Democracies: VIP: Voice and the 2014 South African Election
James Long (University of Washington)
2.00 -3.00pm Session 2
Public Safety Nets and Crowd-out of Informal Insurance Arrangements: Evidence from Ethiopia
Maya Duru (UC San Diego)
3.00 -3.30pm Coffee Break
3.30 - 4.30pm Session 3
Pre-Analysis Plan: Local Public Finance and Unconditional Cash Transfers in Kenya
Michael Walker (UC Berkeley)
4.30 -5.30pm Session 4
Where Local Kings Rule: Long-Term Impacts of Precolonial Institutions and Geography on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria
Belinda Archibong (Barnard College)
6.00-7.00pm Drinks at Citrine
7.30 - 9.30pm Dinner at Nüsh

Saturday 7th November
6607 Coor Hall

We will meet you in the hotel lobby at 8am to escort you to the conference venue. If you arrive on your own, please take the elevators to the 6th floor and turn to your right as you enter the building.

8.30 - 9.00am Breakfast
6607 Coor Hall
9.00 - 10.00am Session 5
Deforestation in Malawi: The Role of Agricultural Subsidies and Ethnic Favoritism
Conor Carney (UC Santa Barbara)
10.00 - 11.00am Session 6
Economic Rights and Women's Policy Influence in Africa: Portfolio Allocation across Executive Cabinets 
Martha Johnson (Mills College)
11.00 - 11.30am Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30pm Session 7
Inheritance Customs and Agricultural Investment
Brian Dillon (University of Washington)
12.30 - 1.30pm Closing lunch

Dan Posner (UC Los Angeles)


School of Politics and Global Studies, ASU