The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals on the non-monetary dimensions of inequality and poverty among the youth in the MENA region. This call for proposals falls under the theme of Equity, Inequality and Inclusive Growth. ERF and non-ERF affiliates are invited to submit their proposals according to the terms outlined below. Please submit your proposal by January 15, 2019.
In addition to understanding poverty and inequality in income (expenditures), an inclusive growth approach also requires a focus on the other important dimensions of inequality. There are two strands of the literature focusing on inequality in non-income dimensions. The first addresses measurement of multidimensional poverty and inequality. Since the seminal work of Alkire and Foster discussing the non-cardinal nature of many non-income variables, empirical work on multidimensional poverty and inequality has flourished. Although some research has addressed multidimensional poverty in the MENA region, more research on this issue is needed to increase our knowledge on these aspects of poverty in the region.
Another strand of the literature on non-income dimensions of inequality looks at socioeconomic inequality in a non-income attribute, i.e. the correlation (broadly defined) with income. These papers are mainly in the area of socioeconomic health inequalities building on the contribution of Wagstaff, Paci and van Doorslaer. This approach is based on the assumption of a decomposable multi-attributes rank-dependent social welfare function. Since these social welfare functions are additive in the different attributes, researchers can use the same framework to analyze socioeconomic inequalities in other non-income dimensions, such as education.
In this context, we invite proposals in the two following sub-themes:
Other sub-themes related to the topic of this call will also be considered. Proposals must have youth or gender dimensions as well as strong policy relevance.
Researchers are encouraged to use the different microeconomic datasets that are publicly available on the ERF data portal.
The following eligibility criteria will be applied:
A refereeing committee will evaluate all proposals by the following criteria:
GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS
Authors should submit a proposal of a maximum length of ten double-spaced pages (excluding appendices, tables, figures, and references). It should be structured to contain three sections in the following format. ERF reserves the right to exclude proposals that are not consistent with these guidelines.
IMPORATANT NOTE: the proposal should NOT include the authors’ names, as it will undergo a blind review process.
1. Statement of the research problem: A clear and concise description of the nature and importance of the proposed research; its scope and boundaries; its general context; and objectives with explicit reference to feasibility and policy relevance.
2. Value Added: A selective and analytical review of the relevant literature, intending to both demonstrating knowledge of past theoretical and empirical work, as well as identifying the knowledge gap that the proposed research is intended to address.
3. Conceptual Framework and Research Methodology: A clear statement of the conceptual framework should be provided elaborating on the set of specific, identifiable and concrete questions for which the proposed research is intended to provide answers. This is to be followed by an elaboration of the research methods to be employed and why they are best suited to answer the research questions. The section should also indicate the nature of the information required and the data collection techniques, whether primary or secondary or a combination of the two. Finally, it should explain how the information will be analyzed and interpreted using quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
4. Budget: The budget should be submitted in US dollars, itemized and inclusive of all research and dissemination expenses. Research costs should be defined by deliverables. Other budget items may include travel, if necessary, research assistance, data collection, office supplies and photocopying. The purchase of equipment is not allowed under ERF grant rules.
5. References: A list should be attached to the proposal specifying the suggested references to be used in writing the proposed paper.
YOUR SUBMISSION SHOULD INCLUDE:
For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Ramage Nada, Program Officer, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.