Data Driven Development in Africa

Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Welcome to the second Penn State Conference on Data-Driven Development in Africa, sponsored by AidData, and Penn State’s Department of Political Science and African Studies program.

The goal of the conference is to improve research on African political and economic development by contributing to the collection and analysis of high-quality quantitative data. In particular, we seek papers that answer substantive questions using large, multi-level, or non-traditional datasets, or which directly tackle issues such as missingness and measurement error. With the exception of experimental evaluations of protocols intended to improve data quality (e.g. question wording effects), experiments are not the focus of the conference.

The conference is a workshop format, with each presenter’s time devoted entirely to group discussion of the paper. All participants are expected to read all papers in advance.


  • Belinda Archibong, Economics, Barnard College
  • Daniel Bjorkegren, Economics, Brown University
  • Evelina Bonnier, Economics, Stockholm School of Economics/SITE
  • Tawanda Chingozha, Economics, Stellenbosch University
  • J. Andrew Harris, Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Dominique Lewis, Political Science, Michigan State
  • Takaaki Masaki, AidData, College of William and Mary
  • Collins Odhiambo, Statistics, Strathmore University
  • Mini Saraswati, Political Science, Ohio State University
  • Justin Schon, Political Science, Indiana University
  • Abdulaziz Shifa, Economics, Syracuse University