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A joint Conference from the

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

and the

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

The KIEL-CEPR African Economic Development Conference (AEDC)

Tackling constraints to economic development


Africa is at the doorstep of the European Union and holds great potential. Due to recent geopolitical upheavals, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic, firms are adjusting their global supply chains. As a result, Africa could play a much more prominent role than it has until now. However, many African economies struggle to unlock their potential due to constraints such as access to finance, low competitiveness, labor market-related challenges, and the political economy, often made worse by instability and the effects of climate change.

The Kiel-CEPR African Economic Development Conference (AEDC) will bring together top economics researchers and policymakers to discuss state-of-the-art research on the constraints hindering economic development across the continent and to overcome them.  

The 2-day conference will take place at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin, Germany on 12 and 13 September 2024. The conference is jointly organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and CEPR with generous support from the German Federal Ministries of Finance and Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and in collaboration with the African School of Economics.

Confirmed speakers include Leonard Wantchekon, Stefan Dercon and Christopher Woodruff.

We invite submissions of papers that study constraints to development or related policies, such as:

  • Development finance
  • Access to capital
  • Conflict and stability
  • Labor market challenges
  • Competitiveness
  • Political economy issues



The submission deadline was 29 May, 6PM (CEST), 5PM (BST), 12PM (EST).  Authors of accepted papers will be notified by late June.
Submissions of extended abstracts will be accepted, but clear preference will be given to completed papers. Published papers should have recently appeared or be forthcoming in leading economics journals.



Tobias Heidland (Kiel Institute)
Dominic Rohner (University of Lausanne and CEPR)
Rainer Thiele (Kiel Institute)
Christoph Trebesch (Kiel Institute and CEPR)