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PEP Standard Model

PEP Standard Model

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  • Natural Resource Database Software (NRDB), by Richard Alexander
  • Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro), by the US Census Bureau
  • DASP
    (Distributional Analysis Stata Package)
  • DAD Software
    (Distributional Analysis/Analyse Distributive)
  • GAMS Software
    MPIA-funded researchers are asked to contact
    for information on obtaining the PEP licence for GAMS at a subsidised rate.
  • GAMS Mailing list
    GAMS users worldwide use a mailing list name GAMS-L to exchange information about GAMS
  • GAMS Program for Balancing a SAM, by Fofana I, Lemelin A and Cockburn J.
    • Document (PDF)
    • Document (PDF) - GDX version
    • Program (GAMS)
    • Program (GAMS)- GDX version
    • Example of a simple SAM (EXCEL)
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Resources for publishing in journals

Basic guidelines for preparing an external publication

A journal article is a powerful tool for disseminating research. However, to get research published, read and fully understood, it is essential to present all information in a clear and structured manner to ensure that the reader can easily understand and appreciate your contributions.  Here we present some guidelines that may help PEP authors to improve the presentation of their papers.
Clarity of presentation

Emphasizing the contribution of the paper relative to existing studies
To convince the reader of the valuable scientific contribution of the paper, authors should clearly indicate in their introduction what distinguishes their study from existing studies and how this is important in terms of scientific contributions. These contributions may be theoretical, methodological or empirical in nature.
Structure of the paper
An important aspect of presentation is the structuring of information into clearly defined sections. For instance, a typical structure for empirical research is the following:

  • Introduction
  • Theoretical framework
  • Application and results
  • Conclusions
  • References

One must keep in mind that poor structure may create confusion and obscure messages.
Writing Style
Even if the issues are relevant and important and the paper is well structured, a clear writing style is indispensable to a well presented paper. This task requires intensive effort and numerous revisions (by the authors and by colleagues if possible) in order to improve the structure of presentation of the paper, each section and each sentence.  
Support from PEP internal and external resource persons
PEP can help its researchers either through direct support from resource persons on its staff or by putting them into contact with external resource persons with specific expertise in their area of research. Whereas research conducted up until the approval of the final report must be conducted exclusively by the team itself, PEP is open to collaboration with other researchers, including researchers based in developed countries, if the team believes that this will improve their chances of publishing in a well-reputed journal. The decision is up to the members of the team itself. In all cases, PEP will continue to provide technical and scientific support to facilitate the publication based on PEP-funded research.

Discussion papers and articles for authors


Some journals that publish on PEP themes



Title of the journal



African Development Review/Revue Africaine de Developpement



African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 



African Journal of Economic Policy



Applied Health Economics and Health Policy



ASEAN Economic Bulletin



Asian Development Review



Asian Economic Journal



Asia-Pacific Development Journal



B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy



Bangladesh Development Studies



CEPAL Review



China Agricultural Economic Review



China and World Economy



China Economic Review



Community Development Journal



Developing Economies



Development Southern Africa



: Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association



Economic Development Quarterly



Economics of Education Review






Environment and Development Economics



Environment, Development and Sustainability






Feminist Economics



Indian Development Review



International Journal of Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Studies



Journal of African Economies



Journal of Development Effectiveness



Journal of Development Studies



Journal of Human Development



Journal of International Development



The Journal of International Trade and Diplomacy



The International Journal of Microsimulation



Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy



Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies



Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies



Philippine Review of Economics



Review of African Political Economy


Review of Applied Economics





South African Journal of Economics



The International Journal of Microsimulation



The JOURNAL of African Development



The Journal of International Trade and Diplomacy



World Development


Update your PEP publication info

To assist us in the process of publication, PEP project leaders are kindly requested to keep us updated concerning their activities related to the publication of their PEP-funded research. To this end, please fill out, save and send the form below (available in Word or PDF format) to:

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GDN Literature services

GDN supports the generation and sharing of local social science research by providing a number of web and email based services to help researchers produce, share and disseminate their work. This page gives an overview to help researchers make the most of these services.

  • Access to Data: Through the GDN Data initiative, researchers in low and middle income countries can get access to datasets to support the quality of their research and analysis.
  • Director of Free online Journals
  • Journal service: Access to journals for researchers working in low and middle income countries.
  • Funding Information: A range of funding information services carrying up-to-date news of grants, fellowships and other funding opportunities, specially selected for relevance to social science researchers.
  • Toolkits: GDNet produces toolkits to share knowledge and experience on key topics. Providing practical, hands-on advice compiled from a range of sources from best practice literature to interviews with individuals experienced in that area, each has been specially written to cover areas of particular interest to researchers in developing countries.
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Sites with free downloadable papers

  • SSRN: The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a publicly accessible site that gathers academic discussion papers and forthcoming publications (30,000 abstracts and 15,000 downloadable papers) from a huge number of first-rate economics departments and research centres (NEBR, CEPR, IZA, etc.). This is a great site to get the very latest research papers. As they are extremely recent, their bibliographies are excellent starting points for a literature survey. The search facility is straightforward. You can also subscribe to receive email updates on specific subject areas but there may be a fee for this.
  • World bank eLibrary: The eLibrary houses nearly 8,000 books, reports, journals, and working papers, and also offers a number of useful research tools and features such as extensive browsing options (content type, topic, key word, series, and other metadata), search within search result; chapter-level abstracts and individual chapter download.
  • REPEC: This sites groups together a number of search tools, including IDEAS, which includes roughly 130,000 articles and working papers, many of which can be downloaded, plus many software programs and add-ons. The site also includes WOPEC, which contains 36,000 downloadable papers.
  • ELDIS: This site contains a search facility for obtaining documents, web sites and assorted information on development issues.
  • NBER: The NBER publishes a huge working paper series (close to 9000 papers) in all fields of economics. Access is free for most developing countries upon written (email) request.
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Sites with downloadable articles for subscribers

  • JSTOR: This site allows subscribers to download articles from 13 top economic journals (AER; Econometrica; JEL; JEP; Journal of Industrial Economics; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Journal of Political Economy; QJE; Review of Economic Studies; Review of Economics and Statistics) with a three- to five-year lag depending on the journal (i.e. you can download all publications before 1997 from the Review of Economics Studies).
  • PROQUEST: This site provides subscribers access to summaries of articles from over 8000 publications, many of which can be downloaded.
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Sites with free literature search tools

  • Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
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Sites with literature search tools for subscribers

  • ECONLIT: This is an excellent search tool for finding economics papers that covers almost all economics journals.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI): This is also an excellent search tool for finding economics papers covering most economic journals. It has the added advantage of allowing searches by citations so that starting from a classic (oft-cited) paper, you can trace research forward to see who has done more recent research on the issue.
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Sources of Poverty Data

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Sources of Research Funding

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Research Institutions

  • African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
  • Arab Planning Institute (API)
  • Bureau for Economic Research and Development (BREAD, Harvard)
  • CECI)
  • CRDE)
  • Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)
  • Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales - Universidad Nacional de La Plata (CEDLAS)
  • Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre (CHIP)
  • Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)
  • DELTA)
  • DIAL)
  • Equity and Growth through Economic Research (EAGER-USAID)
  • The ELDIS Gateway to Development Information (ELDIS)
  • Global Development Network (GDN)
  • Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)
  • Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
  • Impact Evaluation Network (IEN)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • International Child Development Centre (Innocenti ICDC-Unicef)
  • INSEA) - Maroc
  • Oxford Poverty and Human Devolpment Initiative (OPHI)
  • South African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)
  • Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet)
  • PEP-GTAP South Asian Network of Economic Modelers (SANEM)
  • Vietnam Economic Research Network (VERN)
  • World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER)
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Websites for Economists

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Modeling pages

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International Institutions

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National Aid Agencies

  • Centre for International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
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"105 indispensable resources for online academic research"

This website, prepared by Ms. Leslie Hanson, presents a list of the 105 websites (and online resources) dedicated to academic research and higher education. The list includes a variety of academic search engines and journal databases, librairies and encyclopedias, as well as other scholarly resources (e.g. informative blogs covering academic journals, and overall articles) that "any aspiring PhD student would find useful".
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