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Call for papers

The Economic Society of South Africa is honoured to invite submissions for the Society's biennial conference from 3 -5 September 2019. Papers are invited across all fields of economics.

The theme of the conference is Celebrating 25 years of democracy in South Africa and the conference will feature a track of invited papers showcasing the economics research of this period and outlining the forefront of the research in South Africa today. These papers are linked to a special edition of the South African Journal of Economics.

The academic committee will consider:
  • Proposals for complete sessions around a specific theme (please email with your proposal for a complete session).
  • Individual papers to be presented in parallel sessions.
  • Posters for two poster sessions.

In addition, the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice will publish a special issue on the political economy of African development containing papers presented in a special JPFPC session at the conference.

Arrangements for submissions. Please click on "SUBMIT ABSTRACT" on the left-hand menu to submit an abstract. Abstracts are limited to 300 words and should include a clear indication of the research question and method used. The conference academic committee will evaluate all submissions with the help of peer reviews. A maximum of two submissions per presenter will be accepted.

Abridged programme (Draft)

(Click here for full programme.)
Tuesday 3 SeptWednesday 4 SeptThursday 5 Sept
09:00‑09:45Welcome: PPS and ESSA President
09:45‑10:30Coffee / Tea
10:30‑12:00Parallel Sessions A
12:00‑13:00ESSA Annual General Meeting
14:00‑15:30Parallel Sessions B
15:30‑16:00Coffee / Tea
16:00‑17:30Parallel Sessions C
18:00Welcome cocktail function
08:30‑10:00Parallel Sessions D
10:00‑10:30Coffee / Tea
10:30‑12:00Parallel Sessions E
12:00‑13:00Plenary Session: Keynote address
14:00‑15:30Parallel Sessions F
15:30‑10:30Coffee / Tea
16:00‑17:30Parallel Sessions G
19:00Gala Dinner
08:30‑10:00Parallel Sessions H
10:00‑10:30Coffee / Tea
10:30‑12:00Parallel Sessions I
12:00‑13:00Plenary Session: Keynote address

Keynote speakers

James Robinson is the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Institute Director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne, the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California, the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and the Department of Government at Harvard. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub- Saharan Africa. He is currently conducting research in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia where he has taught for many years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.

Axel Dreher is professor of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University. He is Editor of the Review of International Organizations and chairman of the Research Group on Development Economics of the German Economic Association. Most of his research is in the field of political economy, economic development, and globalization.

Session proposals

As an alternative to single paper submissions, it is possible to submit a group of papers on a single theme as a session proposal. Please email the conference organizers at [protected email address] to propose such a session.

Key dates

1 March 2019 Submissions open
14 June 2019 Submissions close (extended deadline)
12 July 2019 Feedback to prospective presenters
26 July 2019 Registration closes for speakers
End of early registration
16 August 2019 Conference papers submitted in pdf format
3 - 5 September 2019 Conference

Conference Fees 2019

Early (register & pay by 26 July)Normal (register & pay by 23 August)Late (after 23 August)
Full Registration (*) ESSA membersR 2500R 2800R 3000
Non- members R 2800R 3200R 3500
Full time students R 1400R 1500R 1700
(* All teas and lunches included)
Gala dinnerR 550R 600**Will not be able to attend gala dinner
(** Subject to availability)
The non-membership rate for the conference is equivalent to a year's ESSA membership and we therefore encourage delegates to join ESSA and gain the benefits of the membership rate and access to the Society and its journal. To join ESSA click on the link provided: