African Review of Economics and Finance

AREF Conference 2019: Political Economy of Africa

WHEN: 21 - 22 August 2019
WHERE: Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keynote Speakers

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Conference Chairs

Prof. Paul Alagidede, Professor of Finance, Wits Business School, and Editor-in-Chief, African Review of Economics and Finance

Dr. Jones Odei Mensah, Senior Lecturer, Economics, Wits Business School, and Editor, Ghanaian Journal of Economics

Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Associate Professor of Social Sustainability of Urban Transformations in the Global South, University of Helsinki, and Editor, African Review of Economics and Finance

AREF Conference 2019

The African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF) is pleased to call attention to the 2019 annual conference, which will be hosted at Wits Business School in Johannesburg from 21 to 22 August 2019. The AREF conference is the premier conference on economics and finance in Africa. The conference brings together top scholars, doctoral students and practitioners from around the world to present research, network and collaborate. The conference aims to be transdisciplinary, so papers can be written from within, across, and between disciplines, as well as from outside disciplinary boundaries. The conference theme is 'Growth and inequality in Africa'. The topics of interest include the following:

Topics will include issues around the following
* Growth and inequality * Macro and monetary economics * Emerging financial markets
* Microfinance * Global commodity markets * Trade and development
* Environmental economics * Industrial organisation * Accounting and finance
* Mathematical economics * Agriculture and natural resources * Development planning
* History of economic thought * Health, education and welfare * Law and economics
* Entrepreneurship and innovation * Microeconomics * Corporate governance
* Prudential regulation * Financial economics * Digital finance
* Econometric methods * Public sector economics * Development finance
* Islamic finance * Business administration * Banking and finance
* Urban and real estate economics * Political economy of development * Labour and demography

As this list is not exhaustive, you are welcome to discuss any other topics with the conference chairs.

Submission Details

The call for the submission of full papers for review is now open. All papers should include a title, keywords, authors' names, affiliation and an email address. Submit your full papers in English, on or before May 31, 2019 preferably in MS Word format via this link.

Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: 1 May 2019.

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2019.

Conference registration deadline: 15 June 2019.

Conference dates: 21 to 22 August 2018

Paper Registration Information

The registration fees are as follows (2 paper limit per author; fees are non-refundable): $400 for academics; and $150 for graduate students (proof of student registration is required). The registration fee covers coffee breaks, lunches and conference material.

Special Issues

Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the 2019 AREF conference will be entitled to submit their papers for possible publication in the associated conference issue of the African Review of Economics and Finance, the Ghanaian Journal of Economics, or the Journal of African Political Economy and Development. Please contact the conference organisers to discuss opportunities of publishing your article after the conference.

Publication in Conference Proceedings

The conference proceedings will be published in book form that complies fully with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training requirements for accreditation.

A.K. FOSU Prize for Best Paper

The A.K. Fosu prize will be awarded to recognise high quality research presented at the annual AREF conference. This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by the editors of AREF to be the best presented at the conference. The A.K Fosu prize was initiated by organisers of the AREF conference to honour the contributions of the great economist and academic leader, Professor Extraordinary Augustin Kwasi Fosu (

* The award is open to all conference participants, however, interested delegates need to apply specifically and indicate whether they want their paper(s) to be considered for the award.
* Papers are subjected to the normal African Review of Economics and Finance peer review process.
* Papers deemed publishable by the panel of reviewers will be presented to the team of AREF editors.
* The award winner is selected by a vote of all the editors based on the review reports and a further assessment by the editors themselves.
* The Executive Director of the African Finance and Economics Consult informs the award recipient of the outcome.
* The award will be given at the AREF Conference.

Benefits: Recipients are given a $300 honorarium, an award certificate, and the opportunity to develop the paper further for publication in AREF.

Wits Business School

The 2019 AREF conference will take place at the Wits Business School. "Wits Business School" is the Graduate School of Business Administration in the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa. The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor-made, in-company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity. With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.

The School's aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the complexities of doing business in Africa within a global context.

Wits is recognised internationally as a leading research university. More WBS faculty have PhDs than any other business school on the continent and include several NRF-rated scholars. WBS has an extensive Management Library, 24-hour meeting rooms and Africa's largest Case Study Centre, housing over 200 real-life cases that bring relevant business challenges into the classroom. The main campus is in Parktown and our satellite campus is in Braamfontein, both in Johannesburg, the vibrant, commercial hub of the continent. For more information on the Wits Business School, please visit