2024 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society 

June 5-8, 2024

The 2024 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society (AFES 2024) will be hosted by Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) from June 5-8, 2024.
The conference will be preceded by the Africa Summer School in Econometrics (ASSE 2024).

Important dates 

Submissions open: 16 October 2023
Submissions Deadline: January 15, 2024
Paper Status Notification: March 1, 2024
Registration opens: March 1, 2024
Registration deadline for presenters only: March 7, 2024
Release of preliminary program:  April 5, 2024

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Joshua Angrist (MIT), Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 2021
Eliana La Ferrara (Harvard University)
Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford)
Ellen McGrattan (University of Minnesota)
Melanie Morten (Stanford University)
Ismael Y. Mourifie (University of Toronto)

Scientific programme Committee

Firmin Doko Tchatoka (University of Adelaide, Co-Chair), Romuald Meango (University of Oxford, Co-Chair), Moussa Kouamé Richard (ENSEA ), Keho Yaya (ENSEA), Jacques ESSO (ENSEA).

Local Committee

Hugues Kouadio (Chair), Lewis Landry Gakpa, Fe Doukoure, Kouamé Taki, Débora Olapade, Romaric Coulibaly, Frejus Hondouga, Rosine Mosso, Honorine AMAN wife Tano, Marie Lydie Piekoura

ES Africa Regional Standing Committee Activities

The ES Africa Regional Standing Committee will organize two mentoring events at the AFES 2024:

(1) an Editor’s panel which will allow participants to ask questions about the publication process at various journals,
(2) an early-career mentoring event which will provide participants an opportunity to connect with more senior members of the profession.

Financial Support

Financial Support will be available to young researchers from Africa who wish to present papers during the conference. The allocation of the grants will be on a competitive basis. The grants will partially cover travel and accommodation expenses for onsite participants. Applications should be done at the time of paper submission.  

Econometric Society Africa Region’s Young Economist Best Paper Award

A competition for the best paper from young economists is open for papers presented in the contributed sessions at the conference by young scholars. The main target of the award is young scholars from underfunded institutions especially Africa based young scholars. For co-authored papers, the program committee will ensure that the candidate is the major contributor to the paper. The price will consist of 500 USD minimum.  

Full Programme Committee 

Kouadio Hugues (ENSEA-Abidjan), Firmin Doko Tchatoka (University of Adelaide), Romuald Meango (University of Oxford), Prosper Dovonon (Concordia University), Lewis Landry Gakpa (ENSEA-Abidjan), Fe Doukoure (ENSEA-Abidjan), Kouamé Taki (ENSEA-Abidjan), Débora Olapade (ENSEA-Abidjan), Moussa Kouamé Richard (ENSEA), Keho Yaya (ENSEA), Jacques ESSO (ENSEA), Yaw Nyarko (New York University), Habiba Djebbari (Aix-Marseille University), Sophie Osotimehin (UQAM), Dalia Ghanem (UC Davis), Steve Koch (University of Pretoria), Abderrahim Taamouti (University of Liverpool), Marlene Koffi (University of Toronto), Yves Atchade (Boston University), Hafedh Bouakez (HEC Montreal), Louphou Coulibaly (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Illenin Kondo (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), Antoine Djogbenou (York University), Issouf Soumaré (Université Laval), Robert Garlick (Duke University), Roland Pongou (University of Ottawa), Marlene Koffi (University of Toronto), Sessi Tokpavi (University of Orléans), Pierre Nguimkeu (Georgia State University), Désiré Kédagni (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern University), Dozie Okoye (Dalhousie University), Roland Pongou (University of Ottawa), Romeo Tédongap (ESSEC Paris), Shuping Shi (Macquarie University), Qazi Haque (University of Adelaide), Dessie Ambaw (University of South Australia), Andrew Pua (Xiamen University), Octave Keutiben (Université de Moncton), Didier Tatoutchoup (Université de Moncton), Eric Mbapok (University of Calgary), Ulrich Hounyo (University at Albany, State University of New York), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern University), Jean-Baptiste Tondji (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Isaac M. Mbiti (University of Virginia), George Gayle-Levi (Washington University in St. Louis), Moussa Blimpo (University of Toronto), Emmanuel Selorm Tsyawo (Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique), Aristide Houndetoungan (Cy Cergy Paris Université), Augustine Denteh (Tulane University), Bocar A. Ba (Duke University), Binta Zahra Diop (Stamford University), Youssef Benzarti (University of California, Santa Barbara), Edouard Wemy (Clark University)

The Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society, AFES 2024 will be held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) from 5 to 8 June 2024.

Registration categories and fees are detailed below

Early registration-before April 23, 2024:

Onsite

  • Presenters (Regular): $350 USD
  • Presenters (Students): $200 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Regular): $350 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Students): $200 USD

Online

  • Presenters (Regular): $300 USD
  • Presenters (Students): $150 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Regular): $300 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Students): $150 USD

Late registration- after April 23, 2024:

Onsite

  • Presenters (Regular): $400 USD
  • Presenters (Students): $250 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Regular): $400 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Students): $250 USD

Online

  • Presenters (Regular): $350 USD
  • Presenters (Students): $200 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Regular): $350 USD
  • Non-Presenters (Students): $200 USD

AFRICA SUMMER SCHOOL IN ECONOMETRICS (ASSE) 2024: In conjunction with the Conference, the 2024 edition of the Africa Summer School in Econometrics will be organised by ENSEA from 30 May to 4 June 2024. During this Summer School, the Griliches lecture will be given by Ellen McGrattan (University of Minnesota) on 5 June 2024.

The 2024 edition of this Summer School will include the following themes:

Foundation of Machine Learning and its applications to applied economics:
Instructor: Maximilian Kasy (University of Oxford, UK)

The role of technology for the structural transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa:
Instructor: Tavneet Suri (MIT Sloan, US)

Business cycle: sources of persistent changes in the output gap and unemployment rate:
Instructor: James Morley (University of Sydney, Australia)

Recent advances in Prediction with structural models: Instructor:
Marco Del Negro (Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Semiparametric estimation for structural parameters in policy evaluation:
Instructor: Sami Stouli (University of Bristol, UK)

Further information on the Summer School is available at the following address: https://www.africaeconometricsociety.com/conferences

Financial Support:

Young African researchers wishing to present papers at the conference are eligible for financial support. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. The grants will cover part of the travel and accommodation costs of participants on site.

Applications must be sent to afes2024@ensea.ed.ci no later than 12 March 2024 and must be supported by the applicant’s CV.
Selected applicants will be contacted no later than 22 March 2024.

The Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society, AFES 2024 will be held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) from 5 to 8 June 2024.

Important dates for Paper submission 

Papers submission deadline: 29 January 2024
Notification of papers status: 1st March 2024

Participants who will not be submitting papers will be able to register at the beginning of January and those who will be submitting papers will be able to register directly after receiving notification of their papers status. 

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Each person may submit and present only one paper; however, each person may be a co-author of several papers submitted to the conference. The presenting author must be a member of the Econometric Society and all participants must register for the conference.

You can join the Econometrics Society to the following address: http://www.econometricsociety.org/ or https://www.africaeconometricsociety.com/econometric-society-membership. To qualify for free membership, applicants must live and work in an African country.
You can submit your papers to the following address: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/6999/submitter
You can visit the website: https://www.africaeconometricsociety.com/conferences

How do I get there?

The conference will take place over the two days at ENSEA, in Abidjan.
The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) is located in the Commune of Cocody on Boulevard Mitterrand, Avenue des Grandes Ecoles.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lo5qoWvdYnA9Y9tu6

The means of transport to get there are

Taxi cabs
Private car hire companies

For further information, please send an email to the following address: afes2024@ensea.ed.ci

Participation fees

The registration fee includes:

Participation in scientific activities
Lunches
Coffee breaks
Gala dinner

The registration fee does not include accommodation or transport costs.

Visa

All participants coming from countries where there is an embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire are strongly encouraged to obtain their visa in their country before departure. If not, they may apply for your visa online (Contact e-visa airport: (00225) 05 54 36 29 15 available 24 hours a day –

 https://snedai.com/e-visa/

After registering and paying the fee online, a biometric e-visa is issued on arrival at Abidjan international airport. The visa is valid for 1 to 3 months.
Participants arriving in Côte d’Ivoire must go through the usual police and customs formalities. In addition to travel documents (passport, visa or identity card for nationals of WAEMU countries), you must have your vaccination record with you. Only the yellow fever vaccine is compulsory. NB: Participants must have the Meeting invitation letter with them.

Travel information

Airport pick-up: ENSEA drivers will meet all participants at the airport and take them to their hotel. For all other journeys, you may use the red or ”Ivoire” Taxi.

Hotels: All participants supported by ENSEA will be accommodated in hotels close to ENSEA (see list on the conference website), located in the Commune of Cocody within a 10-minute drive. A nightly rate will be negotiated for all participants staying at these hotels. Please click here to view the hotels list.

Conference venue: The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) in Abidjan is located in Cocody, Avenue des Grandes Ecoles. During the conference, an ENSEA bus will provide transport from Hotel-ENSEA-Hotel (Departure from hotel: from 7.30 am – Departure from ENSEA: 6.30 pm).

Language: The Conference will be conducted in French and English.

Communication: Communications at the hotel are relatively expensive. You can also buy a local chip for 500 FCFA or 1,000 F CFA depending on the operator (see stand at the airport). Telephone operators offer mobile and/or data packages.

Area code: +225
Electric current: 220-230 V, 50-60 Hz. (Bring an adaptor if possible).

Currency: The local currency is the CFA Franc (1 Euro = 655.957 F CFA). International credit cards are accepted at most banks in Abidjan. 24-hour cash ATM are readily available in the city. Traveller’s cheques are accepted by the main banks in Abidjan.

Health: The ENSEA infirmary will be available to administer first aid in the event of illness.

Climate and local time:

Local time: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Climate: The rainy season lasts from May to July and the short rainy season from October to November. The climate is pleasant but humid.
The climate is sub-equatorial, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C, high humidity (80-90%) and abundant rainfall, reaching 1,766 mm3 in Abidjan. This zone has two dry seasons and two wet seasons. The long, hot dry season is interspersed with a few rains and extends from December to April. The short dry season lasts from August to September.

Sightseeing Tour

Discovering Grand Bassam                                     Discovering Southern Abidjan                                      Discovering San Pedro

  Discovering Yamoussoukro                                      Discovering Bini Green Village  

AFES 2024 Tentative Schedule

Thursday June 6, 2021

9:00-9:30 AM            Registration.

9:30-10:45 AM          Parallel session I

10:45-11:15 AM        Break

11:15-12:15 PM         Opening ceremony

12:15-2:00 PM           Lunch

2:00-3:15 PM             Presidential address: Eliana La Ferrara

3:15-3:35 PM             Break

3:35-4:50 PM             Parallel session II

4:50-5:10 PM             Break

5:10-6:25 PM             Keynote address: Doug Gollin

6:30-7:30PM              ES Standing Committee Editor’s panel

Friday June 7, 2021

9:00-10:50 AM          Parallel sessions III

10:50-11:10 AM        Break

11:10-1:00 PM           Keynote address: Melanie Morten

1:00-2:30 PM             Lunch – ES Standing Committee early-career mentoring session

2:30-3:45 PM             Keynote address: Joshua Angrist

3:45-4:05 PM             Break

4:05-5:20 PM             Parallel Session IV

5:20-5:40 PM             Break

5:40-6:55 PM              Keynote address: ENSEA – TBC

7:30 PM                     Dinner

Saturday June 8, 2021

9:00-10:50 AM          Parallel sessions V

10:50-11:10 AM        Break

11:10-1:00 PM           Keynote: Ismael Mourifié

1:00-2:15 PM             Lunch

2:15-4:00 PM               Plenary session: Panel Discussion on the theme: “The challenges of employment in Africa

4:00-4:20 PM             Break

4:20-6:10 PM             Parallel sessions VI

6:10 -6:20 PM            Break

6:20-7:00 PM             Annual general meeting

7:00 PM                     Adjourn

The African Summer School in Econometrics (ASSE), 2024 is organised by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) from 31 May to 4 June 2024 and will bring together students, young professors and research professionals from African and foreign institutions.

Important dates for applications:

Important dates:

Application deadline: March 1
Admission decision:   March 15
Registration deadline: April 8

The African Summer School in Econometrics (ASSE) 2024 will cover the following topics:

Topic 1: Foundation of Machine Learning and its applications to applied economics
Instructor: Maximilian Kasy, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
The course will revisit topics in foundational machine learning techniques and their application to adaptive field experiment, online learning and active learning, online convex optimization and bandit problems.

Topic 2: The role of technology for the structural transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa
Instructor: Tavneet Suri, MIT Sloan School of Management
The course will review the new and emerging literature on the role of technology for the structural transformation of Sub-Saharan African countries: agriculture technology, mobile money, digital loans, etc.

Topic 3. Business cycle: sources of persistent changes in the output gap and unemployment rate
Instructor: James Morley, University of Sydney, Australia.
The course will revisit recent statistical techniques used to gain insights into a number of empirical issues in economics, including: the nature of business cycle, structural changes in macroeconomic relations, or persistence in unemployment rates.

Topic 4. Semiparametric estimation for structural parameters in policy evaluation
Instructor: Sami Stouli, Department of Economics, University of Bristol
The course will review recent semiparametric estimation techniques for the estimation of structural parameters in policy evaluation: estimation with control variables, quantile and distribution regressions.

Topic 5. Recent advances in Prediction with structural models
Instructor: Marco Del Negro, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The course will review recent statistical techniques used to gain insights into several topics related to time series analysis including forecasting models in the presence of non-stationarities caused by instabilities and robust Bayesian analysis.

Including the Griliches 2024 conference to be held on 5 June 2024 by Ellen McGrattan (University of Minnesota).

For more information, please contact us at afes2024@ensea.ed.ci

We invite applications from postgraduate students (Engineering, Master’s or Doctoral level), academics and research professionals with a strong quantitative background.

Application forms (for on-site participation only):

On-site participation in the Summer School has limited capacity and will be on a selective basis, particularly among graduate students.

Candidates are invited to submit their application:

A cover letter indicating their school, program and level of study
Identification document of your institution affiliation
Two reference contacts, preferably current or former teachers. Please provide their full contact details: Name, affiliation, position, e-mail address, etc. The selection committee will request letters of reference directly from your contacts to finalise your application.
An updated CV
Transcripts for the last two academic years

Registration link : Applications shall be submitted through Head Hunter: https://editorialexpress.com/apply/ASSE_2024

On-site attendance :

Regular rate: 500 $US
Student rate : 200 $US

Online participation :

Regular rate: 450 $US
Student rate: 150 $US 

Application Deadline:

A candidate must be a member of the Econometric Society at the time of application. To join the Econometric Society, please log on to  http://www.econometricsociety.org or https://www.africaeconometricsociety.com/econometric-society-membership. To qualify for free membership, the applicant must reside and work in an African country.

Financial support:

Funding will be available for graduate students and young researchers (with priority given to students from Africa). Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. The scholarships will cover part of the participants’ travel and accommodation costs on site. Interested candidates should mention in their application letter whether they are seeking financial support.

Summer School Lecturers

           

James Morley, University of Sydney                                                      Marco Del Negro, New York Fed 

           

Maximilian Kasy,  University of Oxford                      Sami Stouli, University of Bristol and University of Melbourne

         

Tavneet Suri, MIT

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Joshua Angrist, MIT
Joshua Angrist, MIT
Eliana La Ferrara, Harvard University
Eliana La Ferrara, Harvard University
Douglas Gollin, Tufts University / University of Oxford
Douglas Gollin, Tufts University / University of Oxford
Ellen McGrattan, University of Minnesota
Ellen McGrattan, University of Minnesota
Melanie Morten, Stanford University
Melanie Morten, Stanford University
Ismael Y. Mourifie, Washington University at St Louis / University of Toronto
Ismael Y. Mourifie, Washington University at St Louis / University of Toronto

Authors and Titles of Papers to be presented

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