High quality of PEP research recognised in international journals

August 2020

12 papers based on PEP projects have been published or accepted for publication in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals this year.

Papers based on 12 PEP projects have been or will be published in high-ranking peer-reviewed scientific journals this year. Eight of the articles have been published already (listed below), the remaining five have been accepted for publication in forthcoming 2020 issues.

The publication of these papers based on PEP projects highlights the high quality of PEP research. Three of the articles have been selected by journals that are recognised as “internationally excellent”. A further eight (six published to date) have been selected by journals that are “internationally recognised”, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Five articles are included in a special issue of the Review of Development Economics on Promoting youth and female entrepreneurship in developing countries

These publications are the latest in a host of articles based on projects supported under the PAGE and STAARS initiatives. Now, more than 50% of PEP projects result in published articlesthe majority—over 70%—in high-ranking journals. Furthermore, nearly half (47%) of those published are by research teams based in low-income economies and fragile or conflict-affected states. 

This success follows PEP’s efforts improve the chances of papers based on PEP projects being selected for publication in international high-impact journals. These efforts include a scientific writing workshop that is now offered during PEP Annual Conferences, incentives for the research teams, and encouragement for project mentors to co-author an article based on the project.

As well as underlining the quality of the research, publication in international journals helps raise the profile of PEP researchers and their locally-based perspectives on development challenges. The global development dialogue is still dominated by voices from North America and Western Europe, with only around 2% of global scientific publications coming from Africa. As a result, government policy decisions in developing countries are often informed by foreign expertise and interventions are unsuited to the target population. Increasing the number of high-impact and high-quality journal publications from researchers based in developing countries is a key step towards greater consideration of local contexts and needs in development policy debates and decisions.


Published this year

The Effect of Labour-Demand Shocks on Women’s Participation in the Labor Force: Evidence from Palestine by Belal Fallah, Marcelo Bergolo, Iman Saadeh, Arwa Abu Hashhash and Mohamad Hattawy. Journal of Development Studies. Research from PEP project PMMA-20015

Demand-Driven Youth Training Programs: Experimental Evidence from Mongolia by Maria Laura Alzúa, Soyolmaa Batbekh,  Altantsetseg Batchuluun, Bayarmaa Dalkhjav and José Galdo. World Bank Economic Review. Research from PEP project PIERI-12375

The gender effects of the minimum wage under weak compliance with labour regulations: the case of Bolivia by Jorge Davalos, Marcelo Nicolas Claure Ramirez and Alejandra Leyton. Applied Economics. Research from PEP project PMMA-12869

Evidence of the Impact of Children’s Household Chores and Market Labour on Learning from School Census Data in Brazil by Ana Lucia Kassouf, Luca Tiberti and Marcos Garcias. Journal of Development Studies. Research from PEP project PMMA-12769

Review of Development Economics – Special Issue on Promoting youth and female entrepreneurship in developing countries (2019-2020)

The special issue was edited by PEP-affliliated researchers Dileni Gunewardena (PEP-PMMA scientific mentor) and Abdoulaye Seck who also contributed an article: Heterogeneity in entrepreneurship in developing countries: Risk, credit, and migration and the entrepreneurial propensity of youth and women 

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