Save the date for next year’s CSAE Conference: 18-20 March 2018!

This year’s CSAE Conference was a great success, with more than 445 participants from over 35 countries, 109 sessions (with three plenary sessions) and 335 papers presented. We are therefore glad to already announce next year’s edition, which will take place from 18 to 20 March 2018.

The call for papers will be sent around in July and you will be able to send in your papers between July and October 2017. Please make sure to keep an eye on our website, or check our Twitter account. Next year’s hash tag will be #OxCSAE2018.

We hope to see you next year!

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Links Round-up: what development should be about, poverty lines, firms and inequality

Every week, Ranil Dissanayake updates us on the latest interesting links and other readings he came across. Ranil is a Senior Economist at the UK Department for International Development, but the opinions expressed in his writings are entirely his own and do not represent the views of his employer.

I seem to have lost an hour today – for some reason I thought it was about an hour earlier than it actually is, so consequently this is going to be a somewhat more hastily-assembled links than usual as I’m running late to meet someone. By way of intro then, a quick tour of my usual obsessions: Pakistan’s new left arm legspinner (apparently, we’re not allowed to call it  a ‘Chinaman’ anymore, which should upset Shehan Karunatilaka); Steph Curry’s ridiculous shooting ability; and my favourite bird of the day (am working from home, one eye on the garden birds). And now to the geekery (deeper geekery?). Continue reading

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The latest on Firms: More on the (missing?) missing middle debate, firms re-visited ten years later and does non-cognitive skills training encourage entrepreneurship?

Firms were a popular topic at the CSAE Conference. While two years ago there were only four sessions dedicated to firms, this year there were a solid seven sessions dedicated to firms (overtaking Labour!). In our last round-up blog on this year’s CSAE Conference, Elwyn Davies and Muhammad Meki, both DPhil researchers at CSAE, discuss a selection of papers from these sessions. Many more were presented, which can be found in the CSAE Conference programme!

In the following we discuss Francis Teal’s take on the missing middle in Ghana (it’s missing), how firms grow and change over time, how non-cognitive skills training can encourage entrepreneurship, how identity matters for incentives and how neighbouring firms in Ghana, Togo and Benin differ in the taxes they pay. Continue reading

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Households and networks: Will your friend’s job search get you a job? Does land title registration work?

More fresh papers from the CSAE Conference! Elwyn DaviesViviana Perego, Emma Riley and Marc Witte give an overview of a selection papers on networks, households and gender. Are there spillovers from your friend’s job search? Does the language you speak matter for labour market participation? How does land title registration help with gaining access to credit? Continue reading

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The future of donor agencies in Africa: an open and honest debate

The final plenary at this year’s CSAE conference asked about ‘The future of donor agencies in Africa, and was chaired by Stefan Dercon (CSAE director, University of Oxford). The participants were Lindy Cameron (Director General, DFID), Albert Engel (Internal Director of the Africa Department, GIZ), and Matthew Spencer (Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director, Oxfam). Marc Witte, DPhil student at the Department of Economics and CSAE, reflects on this very lively debate. Continue reading

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Does exposure to wartime sexual violence create domestic violence? The latest research on intimate partner violence

In analyses of violence, domestic violence is often neglected, even though it is one of the most common forms of violence, as was argued by Anke Hoeffler earlier on our blog. At the CSAE Conference several papers were presented looking at the causes of domestic violence as well as at the attitudes towards intimate partner violence. Claire Cullen, doctoral student at the Blavatnik School of Government, gives an overview. Continue reading

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The papers of the CSAE Conference, summarized in one sentence

Could you not attend this year’s CSAE Conference? Or were there too many interesting sessions happening at the same time?

Just like last year (part 1 and part 2) and in 2015, the World Bank team at the Development Impact blog provided a solution for this, by very neatly summarizing papers and presentations into one-sentence summaries. This year Niklas Buehren, Aletheia Donald, David Evans, Markus Goldstein, Michael O’Sullivan, Sreelakshmi Papineni, and Julia Vaillant have summarized an impressive 87 papers, from a large number of sessions. Read their one-sentence summaries on the World Bank Development Impact blog.

Over the next days, you can expect more discussions of papers by CSAE DPhil students here on the CSAE blog, among other things, about what we learnt about the economics of domestic partner violence, firms and the future of aid!

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Links Round-up: Chinese import competition, the importance of numbers and the CSAE Conference

Every week, Ranil Dissanayake updates us on the latest interesting links and other readings he came across. This week’s topics: Chinese import competition, the importance of numbers and the CSAE Conference. Ranil is a Senior Economist at the UK Department for International Development. The opinions expressed in his writings are entirely his own and do not represent the views of his employer (DfID does not have strong views on Japanese Knotweed).

London can be hard. This morning, I was trying to get from Peckham up to East London and wound up on a broken-down train that was stuck on the tracks between stations for around two hours. We were eventually evacuated (by very courteous staff) down onto the tracks, with a little warning of “Don’t step on the rails, mate. It’ll fry you.” I’ve spent part of the rest of the day stressing out that the stuff sprouting unwontedly in my garden was Japanese Knotweed (it’s garlic, and I’m an idiot) and trying to do the work that should take more than one person more hours than I have in sufficiently few hours to retain a social life outside of the office. The Daily Mash had it exactly right: “You’re not even in our top five worries, Londoners tell extremists”. Continue reading

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What to take into account when measuring poverty? Poverty and Inequality at #OxCSAE2017

Measuring poverty can be challenging. Rocco Zizzamia and Elwyn Davies reflect on a selection of papers from the CSAE Conference sessions on poverty and inequality and discuss what happens if you stop taking households as units (your calculated GINI coefficient might be off!) and include measures of vulnerability. Continue reading

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What is the value of formalisation? Lessons from the CSAE Conference

Several papers at this year’s CSAE conference examined take-up and effects of formalisation. Michael Koelle, DPhil student at CSAE, takes stock of the lessons we can learn from these papers. Continue reading

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