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Workshop: Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies



Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies

September 22-23, 2017, Heidelberg University, Germany


Call for Proposals

Dear colleagues,

We invite your submissions of one-page proposals for papers to be presented at our workshop “Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies,” at Heidelberg University in Germany (September 22-23, 2017).

Academic research on international aid and investment has largely focused on OECD countries as primary providers of such financing. In recent years, however, aid-like financial flows and foreign direct investments originating from developing and emerging economies, such as China and India, have become sizable. Proposals may either answer novel questions in economics, political science or other social sciences, or propose methodological advances related to the challenge of tracking developing and emerging countries’ aid and investments. Potential research questions include, but are not limited to:


  • What are the factors influencing emerging donors’ aid and investment flows?
  • What are their economic, political, social and environmental effects?
  • What are the methodological shortcomings of existing datasets and how can these be addressed?
  • Are the datasets made available by AidData and/or Heidelberg University reliable? How does the reliability of these data compare to alternative methods to estimate aid or investment flows from emerging economies?


Proposals are expected to engage with new datasets on emerging donors’ aid and investments around the world, including but not limited to those listed in Table 1 Adobe. Authors of accepted proposals will get pre-publication access to unpublished databases so that they can present a draft paper at the workshop. The aim is to have a (first) public release of these papers as AidData working papers in October 2017. Early access to datasets will be granted under the condition that the dataset(s) and resulting working papers will not be shared outside the group of workshop participants prior to the official release of the respective datasets by AidData and/or Heidelberg University in the course of fall/autumn 2017.


We have the pleasure to welcome three distinguished scholars as keynote speakers: David Dollar Externer Inhalt (Brookings Institution), Helen Milner Externer Inhalt (Princeton University), and Nancy Qian Externer Inhalt (Northwestern University). They have agreed to share their thoughts on the topic of the workshop.


The workshop is sponsored by AidData Externer Inhalt, Heidelberg University's “Field of Focus 4: Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Organisations,” and the German Research Foundation (DFG) Externer Inhalt, which will allow us to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for 12 participants. The workshop will take place at the International Academic Forum (IWH) in the picturesque Old Town of Heidelberg. Heidelberg University is one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence and is the country’s oldest university, founded in 1386. The city of Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful in Germany and is located a short train ride from Frankfurt Airport.


The deadline for the submission of a one-page proposal is May 1, 2017. The proposal should briefly describe the research question, the planned methodological approach and the dataset(s) required to answer the research question. Please submit your proposal at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tiaidee2017 Externer Inhalt. Decisions will be send out on May 4 and, if required for the proposed research question, access to the required datasets will be given.


We look forward to your submissions.


Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs

(for the Organization Committee)


Call for Proposals Adobe

Table 1: List of available datasets Adobe

Table 2: Forthcoming papers that make use of the unpublished datasets Adobe



Organization Committee: Gerda Asmus (Heidelberg University), Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Vera Z. Eichenauer (ETH Zürich), Andreas Fuchs (Heidelberg University), and Angelika Müller (Heidelberg University)

Contact: Angelika Müller (angelika.mueller@awi.uni-heidelberg.de E-Mail)




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