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Call for papers: 2020 African Economic Conference (AEC)

Application Deadline: 21 August 2020

Interested authors must submit their papers both through the website and by email to Only full papers addressing the theme of the conference will be considered for presentation. We also encourage the submission of policy- and solution-oriented papers that demonstrate strong empirical analysis. The conference shall give priority to solution-oriented papers.
Participants and experts submitting papers for the conference must adhere to the key deadline dates indicated in the table below.

Annotated timeline

 Description Deadline date
Deadline for submission of papers 11 September 2020
Notification of final acceptance 26 October 2020
*Participants registration opens October 2020
Conference dates 8 – 10 December 2020

*Registration details to be provided shortly.

Given that one of the objectives of the conference is to provide young African researchers with opportunities to share their work with a broader audience and expand their networks, young African female and male researchers are especially encouraged to submit papers.
All papers will undergo a professional, blind peer review by the co-organizers. Those that are deemed to be of high quality and to make significant contributions to the aims of the conference will be accepted for presentation at the conference and publication in various associated journals.
A distinguished panel will assess the papers presented and award one prize to a young author for the best conference paper. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.

Expected outputs and outcomes
The outputs of the conference are expected to include:

  • A conference report
  • A compilation of the proceedings of the conference, incorporating relevant comments and feedback from a peer review and from conference participants (may be issued after the conference)
  • Inclusion of selected papers in special issues of the African Development Review and theJournal of Africa’s Transformation
  • policy briefs

Participation in the conference is free- no paper submission or registration fees.

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