ESRC/DFID: Raising learning outcomes in education systems call 2013-14

The Department for International Development (DFID) and ESRC are continuing their strategic partnership with a dedicated research programme on ‘Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems’. Both funders are committed to commissioning world class research and ensuring the results are available for policymakers and development workers worldwide.

The programme will generate world-class and cutting-edge policy-relevant research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries. The ultimate aim is to provide policymakers and practitioners with concrete ideas on how to improve learning and understanding of how these will translate to their specific contexts and institutions, enabling more effective policies and interventions.

In total £20 million has been allocated to the programme, which will be awarded through three annual research calls. Each call will have a core thematic focus, but opportunities will also be provided for other innovative research on learning outcomes and education quality, as well as larger-scale work addressing the lack of high quality data in education and development research. Proposals are sought from across the social sciences and may be for fundamental or more applied research topics, as long as the policy relevance is clearly articulated. There are no geographic restrictions on who may apply for this funding opportunity: researchers from developing and developed countries can work together in any configuration of their choosing, and principal investigators can be from anywhere in the world.

The 2013-2014 call is focused on the theme ‘effective teaching’. A total of up to £5 million is being made available for full proposals to three different types and scale of grant within this call.

The full specification and other relevant documents can be found here.

Consortium Grants: Natural Environment Research Council, GB and other funders

The Natural Environment Research Council, in partnership with the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, invites outline proposals for consortium grants under the programme on Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor. Consortium grants will provide an opportunity to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary social and natural science research addressing the programme’s aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of poor people. Proposals should address at least two of the following three themes:

•understanding the resource;

•governance, institutions and access;

•impacts of future trends.

The primary focus of the research must be low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where there is a clear impact of the research on the poor, projects may be undertaken in middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Projects must be interdisciplinary and include both social and natural science.

Linkages with sub-Saharan institutions must be established, and UPGro encourages collaboration with non-academic and community organisations. There are no other restrictions on where researchers are located or their nationality, nor are there restrictions on the geographical location of the research institution.

The total budget for this call is £7.6 million. Proposals may request a budget of up to £1.9m at 100 per cent of full economic costs. UK organisations will receive 80 per cent of full economic costs, and non-UK organisations will receive support of 100 per cent of direct costs plus a proportion of indirect costs. Between three and five consortium grants are available, and projects may last for up to four years each.

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Barcelona GSE Summer Forum – Call for Papers

The Barcelona GSE Summer Forum workshops will take place in Barcelona on June 9-27, 2014.

The Barcelona GSE Summer Forum is a series of independent workshops and policy events that cover the main fields of Economics. The objective of the Summer Forum is to bring top research leaders and young promising economists from around the globe to Barcelona to debate the present and future of the frontier of knowledge in Economics.

The 2014 Barcelona GSE Summer Forum will contain 22 workshops covering a wide range of topics:

Week 1 (June 9-13)

Bounded Rationality in Choice (June 9-10)
Organizers: Larbi Alaoui, Jose Apesteguía and Miguel-Angel Ballester.
Firms in the Global Economy (June 9-10)
Organizers: Julian di Giovanni, Christian Fons-Rosen and Carolina Villegas-Sánchez.
International Capital Flows (June 9-10)
Organizers: Fernando Broner, Alberto Martin, Andrés Neumeyer and Guido Sandleris.
Theoretical and Experimental Macroeconomics (June 9-10)
Organizers: John Duffy, Frank Heinemann, Rosemarie Nagel and Shyam Sunder.
Financial Intermediation, Risk and Liquidity (June 10-11)
Organizers: Xavier Freixas and José-Luis Peydró,
Advances in Micro Development Economics (June 11-12)
Organizers: Giacomo De Giorgi, Gianmarco León, Stephan Litschig, Rohini Pande and Alessandro Tarozzi.
Trade, Growth and Income Distribution (June 11-12)
Organizers: Alessandra Bonfiglioli, Gino Gancia and Giacomo Ponzetto.
Applied Industrial Organization (June 12-13)
Organizers: Susanna Esteban, Rosa Ferrer, Christian Michel, Helena Perrone and Carlos J. Serrano.
Asset Prices and the Business Cycle (June 12-13)
Organizers: Andrea Caggese, Alberto Martín, Ander Pérez Orive and Jaume Ventura.
Sorting: Theory and Estimation (June 12-13)
Organizers: Jan Eeckhout and Phillip Kircher.

Week 2 (June 16-20)

The Economic Analysis of Electoral Politics (June 16)
Organizers: Gianmarco León, Maria Petrova and Giacomo Ponzetto.
Information and Market Frictions (June 16-17)
Organizers: Christian Hellwig, Alessandro Pavan and Xavier Vives.
Migration (June 16-17)
Organizers: Lídia Farré, Jesús Fernández-Huertas, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Joan Llull and Francesc Ortega.
Towards Sustained Economic Growth: Geography, Demography and Institutions (June 16-17)
Organizers: Omar Licandro, Luigi Pascali and Yanos Zylberberg.
Children’s Health, Well-being, and Human Capital (June 17-18)
Organizers: Gabrielle Fack and Libertad González.
Economics of Science and Innovation (June 17-18)
Organizers: Albert Banal-Estañol, Inés Macho-Stadler and David Pérez-Castrillo.
Political Institutions (June 17-18)
Organizers: Carles Boix, Ruben Enikolopov, Patricia Funk and Stephan Litschig.
Understanding Civil Conflict (June 18-19)
Organizers: Laia Balcells, Joan-Maria Esteban, Laura Mayoral, Hannes Mueller and Debraj Ray.
Macro and Micro Perspectives on Taxation (June 19-20)
Organizers: Nezih Guner and Gustavo Ventura.
Learning in Macroeconomics and Finance (June 19-20)
Organizers: George Evans, Roger Guesnerie, Juan F. Jimeno, Albert Marcet, Ramon Marimon and Ho-Mou Wu.
Time Series Analysis in Macro and Finance (June 19-20)
Organizers: Majid Al-Sadoon, Christian Brownlees and Barbara Rossi.

Week 3 (June 23-27)

Statistics, Jump Processes and Malliavin Calculus: Recent Applications (June 25-27)
Organizers: Eulàlia Nualart

You can find more about each workshop (topics, dates, the call for papers etc.) at the Summer Forum’s Webpage.

To submit a paper, please use this Form The deadline for submissions is February 16 or February 26, 2014, depending on the workshop.


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2nd InsTED Workshop – Call for Papers

“Advances in the Theory and Empirics of
Institutions, Trade and Economic Development”

Hosted and Sponsored by
the Department of Economics, University of Oregon
Eugene, OR, 12-14 August 2014

Keynote Speakers:
Avinash Dixit (Princeton University)
Kamal Saggi (Vanderbilt University)

Chris Ellis (University of Oregon)
Ben Zissimos (University of Exeter)
Isleide Zissimos (Vanderbilt University)

Submission Deadline: March 28th 2014

To submit a paper or 3-page extended abstract, please e-mail your submission to

We are happy to consider submissions on topics at the union or intersection of institutions, international trade, and economic development.  In the spirit of a workshop, papers do not have to be complete.

The aim is to have 25-40 participants with no parallel sessions.

The workshop will take place at The Inn at the 5th with catering by Marché.

There is an attendance fee of US$160 – online payment will be available soon.

Paper sessions will end at mid-day on the 14th, and the plan is to offer participants the opportunity to golf, hike, or go on a wine tour that afternoon.