Call for papers - Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) Conference

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, December 2015 -  Deadline for submission is August 1, 2015

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In partnership with Cornell University, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the World Bank, PEP is co-launching a call for papers to be considered for presentation at a high-level conference on the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS), to be held on December 4-5, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, immediately following the AERC Biannual Research Workshop. To find out more about the event and topic, download the full "call for papers announcement".

This event will bring together top-tier researchers from around the world and high-level policymakers to advance the dialogue on structural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa and improve the feedback between the researchers who produce and analyze data and the policymakers who rely on timely and high quality research to improve decisions. The organizers invite submissions from all areas of work related to the micro-foundations of structural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa, including but not limited to: agricultural productivity and innovation, technology adoption, labor productivity, factor market performance, non-farm labor and labor re-allocation, human capital investment and dynamics, financing and risk management, market access, and related fields of policy-relevant inquiry.

The conference will conclude with a policy roundtable session focused on distilling core messages for a policy-focused audience.

All submissions must focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and use micro-level data on individuals, households, firms, or other organizations. Papers authored by African scholars are particularly encouraged. The organizers plan to produce two special editions of peer-reviewed journals in order to ensure both a high standard of quality control and distribution to a wide audience as a collection of papers.

Submission Instructions

Extended abstracts (of length 3-5 pages) explaining precisely the core question(s), data and methods used, and (anticipated) findings or complete papers, should be submitted by email to  before August 1, 2015. Acceptance decisions will be communicated within six weeks of the submission deadline.

The African Development Bank will cover all economy class travel costs for one author/presenter of a limited number of the papers selected for inclusion in the program. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Christian (at ).



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