Invitation: Economics PhD Workshop

  • DATE

    24 May



The First University of Pretoria Economics PhD Workshop brings together PhD students, supervisors, academics, HoDs, postdocs and international discussants.

In addition to presentations and general discussion, there will be five young assistant professors, with papers already published in major international journals, who will discuss and provide detailed comments on the papers presented. That format will provide our African-based PhDs with a platform in which to present, to receive feedback at the highest level and also to build a valuable network.
Interested participants and contributors are invited to submit their full papers to Manoel Bittencourt, manoel.[email protected], by 30 April 2021. Acceptance notes with detailed information about the Workshop will be sent by 07 May 2021.

About the Discussants

Kai Gehring is a researcher at the University of Zurich, funded by a 4-year "Ambizione Grant" of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His interests are in political economy, development and public economics. His papers have appeared in Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, American Economic Journal (Applied and Policy), World Bank Economic Review, Journal of the European Economic Association and World Development.
Sarah Langlotz is an Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin) at the Chair of Development Economics at the University of Goettingen. Her research focuses on the economics of conflict and migration, mostly based on household-level and geospatial data. Another strand looks at aid effectiveness, mainly from a macro-level perspective. Her papers have appeared in Journal of Applied Econometrics, Canadian Journal of Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics and Economic Inquiry. 
Sara Lowes is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated from Harvard University in 2017. Her research interests are at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and economic history. Her papers have appeared in American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Econometrica.
Jesse Naidoo is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a graduate from the Universities of Chicago and Cape Town. His research interests are economics of the family and economic demography. His current research is focused on the testing and estimation of life-cycle models of fertility choice. His research has appeared in Economic Journal. 
Jonathan Weigel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development at the LSE, an affiliate of STICERD, CEPR, and EGAP, and an invited researcher of the J-PAL Governance Initiative. His research interests are at the intersection of political economy, development, and public economics. His papers have appeared in Quarterly Journal of Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Econometrica.

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