Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting Chicago, IL, January 6-8 (Friday to Sunday), 2017 

THEME: Human Development and Poverty Reduction

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The Association for Social Economics (ASE) is one of the founding members of the Allied Social Sciences Associations that holds its annual meetings together with the American Economic Association (AEA) in January each year. In January 2017, the AEA-ASSA meetings will be held in Chicago. ASE will organize seven sessions, plus a Presidential breakfast during the conference and a keynote address the night before the start of the conference. The keynote will be given by Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President for Development Economics at the World Bank.

Researchers interested in social economics have traditionally worked on topics that matter for how vulnerable groups fare in society and are affected by public policy. Issues related to the eradication of extreme poverty and investments in human development remain vital today in both developed and developing countries. For the ASE sessions at the 2017 ASSA meetings, we welcome proposals for papers/sessions on all aspects of social economics, but are especially interested in papers related to human development and poverty reduction. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Poverty: How should poverty be measured? How should the impact on poverty of programs and policies be assessed? Is the nature of extreme poverty different from poverty? Which types of new and innovative programs appear especially promising to help reduce poverty and multiple forms of deprivation? To what extent is the persistence of extreme poverty an ethical issue? What does social justice have to say about the persistence of extreme poverty?

  • Education: How should education attainment and achievement be measured? How much progress has been achieved and what remains to be done to improve outcomes, especially for disadvantaged students? Which interventions should be prioritized to improve equity and inclusion in education? What have been the results of recent program and policy experiments in the area of education? What have we learned about specific vulnerable groups, such as children with disabilities, orphans, ethnic minorities, rural girls, etc.? What needs to be done in contexts of conflict and adversity?

  • Health and nutrition: What are the challenges faced by the poor to access health care? How can universal health care be promoted in developing countries? What are the consequences of catastrophic health events for the poor? Which types of interventions can help to improve health outcomes, especially for young children? What can be done to improve nutrition for children?

  • Social protection and labor: Do the poor benefit from social protection programs? What should be done about youth unemployment and underemployment? What are the results of recent experiments in these areas? Which social protection and employment programs appear to be most promising? How do threats such as climate change affect the resilience of communities?

  • Cross-cutting themes: How should we think about human development and poverty reduction in a cross-sectoral way? What can we learn from empirical research on cross-sectoral topics such as early childhood development or child marriage? What is the role of nonprofits, whether secular or faith-based, in improving human development outcomes, whether for education, health?

Proposals for papers as well as complete sessions are welcome. The submission deadline is May 1, 2016.  The online form will be active soon. Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics by July 1, 2016, in order for the paper to be included in the program.  Membership information can be found at Papers presented at the ASSA meetings are eligible for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded to the best paper that advances the goals of social economics and has widespread appeal. A selection of the papers (or shorter policy-oriented versions of the papers) will be published in a special issue of Forum for Social Economics, one of the association’s journal. Although this is not required, researchers are encouraged to share their paper at the time of submission, as this will increase the likelihood of acceptance in the program and publication in the special journal issue. For any question, please send an email to Quentin Wodon at