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:
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
|9:30am-10:00am||Coffee and breakfast|
|10:00am-10:15am||Welcome and introductions|
|12:00pm-1:00pm||A Drop in the Bucket? Explaining Government Responsiveness for Rural Water Provision in Tanzania
Ruth Carlitz, UCLA
|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
|4:15pm-5:15pm||The Effect of Intergroup Conflict on Altruism: Evidence from the Ivoirian Refugee Crisis in Liberia
Ben Morse, MIT
|9:00am-9:20am||Coffee and breakfast|
|9:20am-10:20am||One Student, One Vote: Abolition of School Fees and Support for the Incumbent in Burundi
Manuela Travaglianti, UC-Berkeley
|10:20am-11:20am||Agents of the Regime? Electoral Clientelism and Traditional Leaders in South Africa
Daniel de Kadt, MIT
|11:35am-12:35pm||The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya
Ameet Morjaria, LSE/Harvard
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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. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress...
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