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The Econometric Society: Africa Region Training Workshop


University of Zambia, Lusaka

THE ECONOMETRIC SOCIETY

An International Society for the Advancement of

Economic Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

The Econometric Society, Africa Regional Standing Committee, was pleased to host a training workshop for researchers based at African universities, central banks, Treasury/Ministry of Finance departments and think tanks. The workshop aimed to offer the researchers an opportunity to learn frontier research tools from a group of leading scholars. The theme of the training workshop was “Advances in econometrics versus policy challenges.” The workshop included some applications to the African context.

Keynote/Training by Leading Scholars, including:

  • Manuel Arellano, CEMFI, Madrid & Past President of the Econometric Society [TBC]

  • Christopher Udry, Yale University [TBC]

  • Yaw Nyarko, New York University & Chair, Econometric Society Africa Regional Standing Committee

  • Raouf Boucekkine, Aix-Marseille University

  • Kaddour Hadri, Queens University Belfast & Member, Econometric Society Africa Regional Standing Committee

  • Victor Murinde, University of Birmingham & Deputy Chair, Econometric Society Africa Regional Standing Committee

Opening Statements:

  • Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor, Bank of Zambia

  • Prof Stephen Simukanga, Vice Chancellor, University of Zambia

  • Dr. Pamela Kabaso, Executive Director, Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR)

  • Dr. Felix Masiye, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia

  • Prof Kenneth Mwenda, World Bank (TBC)

The program of the Training Workshop was comprised of at least five 90-minute lectures and several presentations by participants. Each of the 6 leading scholars talked about topics of their choice in econometrics or applied economics or economic theory. In addition, participants had opportunities to interact informally with the leading scholars.

CALL FOR PAPERS (NOW CLOSED)

In addition to the training sessions, participants had an opportunity to disseminate their ongoing research by presenting papers in parallel sessions. For this matter, we invited abstracts of papers to be presented at the workshop.  Papers covered diverse fields in econometric theory as well as applied econometrics, economic modeling, economic analysis, and a large range of related topics in applied economics and statistics.

The following contains information on the paper submission process. Please note, however, the submission process is now closed.

The abstracts submitted should be less than 200 words. The submission should include title of the research paper, JEL classification numbers matching the research, the author(s) and corresponding author contact information (mailing address, phone, fax and email address). In the abstract, clearly describe the research questions being addressed, the methodology and expected results and conclusion. Abstracts must be prepared in standard MS Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format. At least one author of an accepted paper must pay the registration fee and attend the workshop.

The abstract is due by April 17, 2015 and should be submitted electronically to Victor Murinde, University of Birmingham (v.murinde@bham.ac.uk) copy to: Chrispin Mpuka, University of Zambia (mphukac1@yahoo.com); Felix Masiye, University of Zambia (fmasiye@yahoo.com); Jacob M. Mkandawire, Bank of Zambia (jmmkandawire@boz.zm); and Pamela Kabaso, Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (pkabaso@zipar.org.zm). The submitting author must be a member of the Society or must join prior to submission. You may join the Econometric Society at http://www.econometricsociety.org .

Authors will be notified on the status of their papers by April 30, 2015. Full-length papers for accepted abstracts are due by June 30, 2015 at the latest.

Conference Fees

The following contains information on conference fees and grants. Please note, however, the submission process is now closed.

US $120 for early registration, before May 14, 2015, US $150 for registration, after May 14, 2015

Grants were available to young African researchers who wished to present papers during the conference. The allocation of the grants was done on a competitive basis and applications were evaluated by a review committee. The grants cover travel and accommodation expenses. Applications for grants should’ve been sent to V.Murinde@bham.ac.uk by April 17, 2015, and should’ve been accompanied by the applicant’s CV and a detailed abstract of the paper. Selected applicants were informed by May 15, 2015.

Organized Jointly with: University of Zambia; Bank of Zambia; and Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR).