Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2018: Political Incentives and Development Outcomes

7 December, 2017 - 28 February, 2018

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers examining in innovative ways the links between politics and development. Possible topics include the implications of politics in:

  • Public sector management and service delivery
  • Aid effectiveness
  • Social protection programs
  • Management of natural resources
  • Stability and inclusion in the financial sector
  • Firm performance and firm dynamics

Also of interest are papers that help understand the behavior of pollical institutions including legislatures, courts, the executive, political parties, elections, and others. Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome.

The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda

Those interested should submit a paper (proposals will not be accepted) by February 28, 2018 through the ABCDE website. Authors of selected papers will be invited, though not required, to submit their papers for a special issue of the World Bank Economic Review (WBER).

The Organizing Committee will evaluate all papers in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by March 15, 2018. A final draft will be required by May 15, 2018.

For authors of selected papers, travel and accommodation expenses for the conference will be covered. Additional information on the overall conference program will be posted on this website over the coming months. The ABCDE secretariat can be contacted through email at

Organizing Committee: Shanta Devarajan (World Bank, Chair), Asli Demirguc-Kunt (World Bank), Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth College and WBER Editor), William Maloney (World Bank), Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College and WBER Editor), Deborah Wetzel (World Bank), and Albert Zeufack (World Bank).

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