Call for Papers


GLM|LIC & BREAD Conference on Development Economics

Organizers: Jenny Aker (Tufts University and BREAD), Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics, BREAD and IZA), Pascaline Dupas (Princeton University and BREAD), Ahmed Elsayed (American University in Cairo and IZA), Annabelle Krause-Pilatus (IZA), Monica Lambon-Quayefio (University of Ghana), Ibrahim Okumu (Makerere University Uganda), Imran Rasul (University College London, BREAD and IZA), Mauricio Romero (ITAM, BREAD and IZA), Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)
Location:Nairobi, Kenya
Date:December 15 - December 16, 2023

Submission Deadline:August 17, 2023
Notification of Acceptance:September 07, 2023

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza

About the Conference

The IZA/FCDO Gender, Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries Programme (GLM|LIC) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) are pleased to announce a joint Conference on Development Economics which will take place on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will consist of presentations of advanced stage research by senior or junior researchers, and presentations of early stage research by junior researchers.
A special feature of the conference will be the option of mentoring for junior researchers based in Africa, or those with nationality from an African country, in the months before the conference by BREAD fellows and affiliates.
  • Senior/junior researchers are invited to submit a full paper.
  • Junior researchers (PhD students or max. 5 years past PhD) based at universities/institutions in Africa, or those of African nationality based at any university, are invited to
    • opt in for the mentoring part of the conference. In that case, one may submit an extended abstract, research design or PAP instead of a full paper, which would be the starting basis of the mentorship if accepted to the conference.
    • opt out of the mentoring part of the conference and submit a full paper.
  • Call for BREAD mentors: We invite interested BREAD fellows or affiliates to sign up as a mentor in the GLM|LIC mentoring portal ( Please sign up before August 3, 2023.
  • Accepted juniors will be individually matched with registered BREAD mentors for one-to-one mentoring during the months before the conference. Mentors are expected to join the conference as well (with travel funding available for mentors).


We invite submissions from interested researchers on any topic within the area of development economics. Everyone is invited to attend all sessions of the conference. All papers presented at the conference will be selected through an open submissions process.
Please submit your paper before the deadline on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 11:59pm ET. Notifications will be sent by September 7, 2023.
Please use the IZA online application form above for the submission. To ensure that all fonts, symbols, and equations appear the way they were originally typed, only PDF format can be uploaded.

Travel and Accommodation

If accepted, economy class airfares and 3 nights of lodging for all presenters (incl. mentees) and mentors will be covered according to the IZA Reimbursement Guidelines. All participants are expected to stay for the entire 2-day event.
Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of conference participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.
Please be sure before applying that your visa and vaccination status will allow you to attend the event.
If you have any questions about the paper submission process or this conference overall, please email Dominik Spitza, IZA Senior Event Manager.