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Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) Spring 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. 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), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington).

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.

This year's fourth Annual Meeting will be held at the Watson Institute at Brown University on May 29-30, 2015.

  • Submissions must be uploaded to by 11:59pm PT on April 19th. Please review the call for papers in the link on the left-hand side before submitting, and note that this year we will incorporate one session for Pre-Analysis Plans (PAPs).  A template is also provided on the left of this site, and examples of PAPs can be found at
  • Successful applicants will be notified by May 1st , and will be invited to attend the full symposium. WGAPE will cover the cost of economy travel, accommodation and dining (capped). 

Date and Time

May 29, 2015 9:00am — May 30, 2015 1:00pm


Watson Institute, Brown University


Watson Institute, Brown University

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)