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Productivity conference centered around African productivity issues

Conference Dates: December 16-18, 2021.
Conference Venue: Virtual, hosted by ISEAPA and Jonkoping International Business School, Jonkoping University, Sweden.
Conference website:
Submission and registration website: Conference Maker
Registration fee: FREE

Dear Colleagues,

The leadership at ISEAPA is excited to host the first productivity conference centered around African productivity issues. Per COVID-19 precautions, the conference will be run entirely virtually. We expect a large and diverse body of participants to attend in 2021. Submissions on efficiency, productivity, growth, sustainability, development infrastructure, energy, population growth, urbanization and labor market are highly encouraged. Our aim is to have a conference program that features all popular techniques and methodologies within the field, including stochastic frontier analysis and data envelopment analysis. We also welcome papers on broader issues related to measuring, understanding, incentivizing and improving the productivity and performance of firms, public services, and industries within Africa.

Interested scholars can submit an extended abstract (300-500 words) through ISEAPA. Priority will be given to submissions with a full-length paper. All submissions will be considered by the scientific committee. Keynote speakers are listed below. On behalf of ISEAPA leadership, we look forward to welcoming “seeing” all participants this upcoming December.

Important dates:
Abstract submission and registration: August 15th, 2021
Abstract submission closes: October 31st, 2021
Notification of acceptance: November 15th, 2021
Registration deadline: December 1st, 2021

Any questions or concerns regarding the conference may be addressed to the local organizer Almas Heshmati.

Organizing Committee:
• Felicity Addo, Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, Austria, E-mail:
• Almas Heshmati, Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden, E-mail:
• Selamawit G. Kebede, Poverty and Social Welfare Center, Ethiopia, E-mail:
• Christopher Parmeter, University of Miami, USA, E-mail:
• Robin Sickles, Rice University, USA, E-mail:

Scientific Committee:
• William Greene, New York University, USA
• Almas Heshmati, Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden
• Subal C. Kumbhakar, Binghamton University, USA
• Christopher Parmeter, University of Miami, USA
• Robin Sickles, Rice University, USA

Keynote Speakers:
• M. Hashem Pesaran – Cambridge University. “Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis.”
• Subal Kumbhakar – Binghamton University. “Recent Advances in the Panel Stochastic Frontier Models: Endogeneity, Heteroskedasticity, Dependence.”
• KLaus F. Zimmermann – Global Labor Organization. “Ethnic Identity and Productivity.”
• William Greene – New York University. “Remarks on linear and nonlinear estimation of binary choice models.”
• Steve Kayizzi Mugerwa – Georgetown University. “The Developmental State in Africa in the 21st Century: Relevance and Plausibility.”
• Menale Kassie – International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology. “Agricultural Technology Adoption? To be Announced.”

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