The African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF) is pleased to call attention to the 2018 annual conference, which will be hosted at Wits Business School in Johannesburg from 22 to 23 August 2018. The AREF conference is the premier conference on economics and finance in Africa. The conference brings together top scholars, doctoral students and practitioners from around the world to present research, network and collaborate. The conference aims to be transdisciplinary, so papers can be written from within, across, and between disciplines, as well as from outside disciplinary boundaries.
The list below is not exhaustive.

Growth and inequality Microeconomics Macro and monetary economics
Corporate governance Emerging financial markets Entrepreneurship and innovation
Microfinance Prudential regulation Global commodity markets
Financial economics Trade and development Digital finance
Environmental economics Econometric methods Industrial organisation
Public sector economics Accounting and finance Development finance
Mathematical economics Islamic finance Agriculture and natural resources
Agriculture and natural resources Business administration Development planning
Banking and finance History of economic thought Urban and real estate economics
Health, education and welfare Political economy of development Law and economics
Labour and demography

An extended abstract (300-500 words) or full paper in English should be submitted on or before May 1, 2018 preferably in MS Word format to: Prof. Paul Alagidede: or All abstracts should include a title, keywords, authors' names, affiliation and an email address.

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Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2018.
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2018.
Conference registration deadline: 25 July 2018.


The registration fees are as follows (2 paper limit per author; fees are non-refundable): $400 for academics; and $150 for graduate students (proof of student registration is required). The registration fee covers coffee breaks, lunches and conference material.


The AREF conference welcomes proposals from policy-makers, academics, research think tanks for special sessions. People interested in organizing a special session should prepare a description of its overall purpose and include the abstract of the different contributions. A special session should have either 3 or 5 contributions. In addition, proposals must state the purpose, format and names of contributors. Please email all special session proposals to and


Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the 2018 AREF conference will be entitled to submit their papers for possible publication in the associated conference issue of the African Review of Economics and Finance, the Ghanaian Journal of Economics, or the Journal of African Political Economy and Development. Please contact the conference organisers to discuss opportunities of publishing your article after the conference.


The conference proceedings will be published in book form that complies fully with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training requirements for accreditation.


The A.K. Fosu prize will be awarded to recognize high quality research presented at the annual AREF conference. This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by peer scholars as the best presented at the conference. The A.K Fosu prize was initiated by organisers of the AREF conference to honour the contributions of the great economist and academic leader, Professor Extraordinary Augustin Kwasi Fosu.

Eligibility: The award is open to all conference participants, however, interested delegates need to apply specifically and indicate whether they want their paper(s) to be considered for the award. Papers are subjected to the normal African Review of Economics and Finance peer review process, and finalists are determined by a panel of reviewers. The award winner is selected by a committee designated by the Conference Chair and Executive Directive of the African Finance and Economics Consult. The committee reports its decision to the Executive Director who in turn informs the award recipient of the outcome.

Benefits: Recipients are given a $300 honorarium, an award certificate and an opportunity to develop the paper further for publication in AREF.

To be considered for the Best Conference Paper Award, submit your paper to: Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom Make sure to identify your paper as a conference paper and include the dates and location of the conference

Wits Business School

The 2018 AREF conference will take place at the Wits Business School. "Wits Business School" is the Graduate School of Business Administration in the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa. The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor-made, in-company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity. With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.

The School's aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the Wits is recognised internationally as a leading research university. More WBS faculty have PhDs than any other business school on the continent and include several NRF-rated scholars. WBS has an extensive Management Library, 24-hour meeting rooms and Africa's largest Case Study Centre, housing over 200 real-life cases that bring relevant business challenges into the classroom.

The main campus is in Parktown and our satellite campus is in Braamfontein, both in Johannesburg, the vibrant, commercial hub of the continent.

For more information on the Wits Business School, please visit