AERC Special Call for Proposals – Macroeconomic Policy and Growth

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is happy to announce a special request for proposals on the topic of Africa’s Macroeconomic Policy and Growth.

The thematic research program of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for African researchers to conduct cutting-edge and original research on a wide range of topics relevant to the development and transformation of African economies. The AERC offers a rigorous mentorship procedure that connects researchers with world-class experts in their fields and specific resource persons, organizes advanced training to improve researchers’ technical skills, and enables the publication of final papers in top-tier economics journals. 

AERC encourages female researchers and those from fragile and post-conflict countries to apply. The proposed research themes include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Sustainability of fiscal consolidation efforts in SSA and the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Vulnerability of African Economies to COVID-19
  • Commodity prices and government spending
  • Fiscal policy and poverty reduction
  • Why do resource-rich countries generate so little tax revenue?
  • Implications of domestic borrowing for debt sustainability and growth
  • Implications of foreign Exchange management and inflation
  • producing countries and commodity importing countries?
  • What are the effects of commodity prices on inflation in commodity
  • Public vs. private domestic credit and inflation
  • Does the mode of financing of the budget deficit matter for inflation?

Theme: Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in Africa


Those whose proposals (on macroeconomic Policy and Growth) are successful will receive a research grant of USD9000-USD12000, as well as intensive mentoring from world-class scholars with substantial knowledge in macroeconomics, development economics, econometrics, and academic subjects.

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Submission Guidelines

  • Background: The policy context of the proposed research.
  • Objective(s): A brief statement of the specific objectives of the research.
  • Literature Review: A brief reference to existing (current) relevant literature is important in identifying gaps and relevant methodology to use.
  • Methodology: A statement that explains how the research goals will be reached, such as hypotheses, techniques, data collecting, data analysis, and so on.
  • Results: Anticipated results and how they might contribute to knowledge, future research, and especially public policy.
  • Dissemination: Expected output from the project, e.g., paper(s), article(s), and other forms of dissemination to interested researchers and policymakers.
  • Budget: Estimated expenditure by major line item, e.g., research assistants, travel, computer time, etc.
  • Timetable and duration: The length and time needed for each portion of the project and an estimated completion date
  • Also, the proposal should identify a “team leader” who acts as the “reporting centre” for the team, and the individual or institutional recipient of the grant.

For guidelines on submission click here.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2022

For more information on AERC Special Call for Proposals – Macroeconomic Policy and Growth, visit the official site.

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