54th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Economic Society

September, 17-19, 2013

Theme: Institutions, Institutional Reforms & Economic Development: Analytical & Policy Perspectives

The role of institutions and institutional reforms in economic performance is no longer contentious. The fundamental causal factors in the poor development outcomes in Nigeria for several decades despite billions of dollars of oil revenues on the one hand, and the emerging social and economic crises are arguably linked to persistence of inefficient political and economic institutions. The apparent failure of public policy to make much impact in solving this increasingly complex politico-economic challenge raises several fundamental issues that are of analytical and policy interests. Among these are the following questions: Why has it been difficult to establish and sustain efficient political and economic institutions in Nigeria? What is the nature and character of institutional failure and crisis in Nigeria? What are the forces contributing to the persistence of the crisis? What factors have shaped the dynamics and character of institutions and institutional reform in the economy? What are the conditions for improvement in the institutional landscape? What are the constraints and challenges that confront the establishment and sustenance of efficient and effective institutions? What has been the role of checks-and balance institutions in Nigeria’s dismal development outcomes? What are the strategic options for overcoming these challenges? What are the links between institutions and inefficient development outcomes? What are the roles of institutions and institutional reforms in macroeconomic, fiscal, monetary and trade policies? What are the roles of institutions and institutional reforms in sectoral performance? What are the best practices in institutions and institutional reforms and the lessons that can be learned?

The way these interwoven issues are resolved would define Nigeria’s economic and social future in the next generation. The need to analyse and explore these issues and related matters provide the premise and also define the scope for the 54th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES).

The main objectives of 2013 annual conference are three-fold: to examine theoretical and empirical issues concerning institutions, and economic development; explore the nexus between institutions, institutional change, institutional reforms and socio-economic development outcomes; examine policy strategies for achieving efficient institutions to underpin socio-economic development in Nigeria and how to face the challenges of efficient elimination of inefficient institutions, key factors in the persistence of poor development outcomes. The evidence on poor development outcome include: rising poverty level, large scale unemployment, persistent and escalating level of corruption, emerging social conflict, poor governance and lack of accountability. The conference will bring together scholars, experts, policy makers, government officials. The conference will also cover international experiences and best practices on institutions and institutional reforms.

The main theme of this year’s conference is: "Institutions, Institutional Reforms and Economic Development". The theme has been chosen in order to address this cross-cutting issue on the national economic, social and political agenda. The five sub-themes for the conference have been selected to cover the scope of the main theme.

The sub-themes for the conference are as follow:

   A. Institutions, Institutional Reforms and Economic Development - Theory, Methodology and Evidence

       1. Institutions, Institutional reform and economic development

       2. Political economy of institutions and economic growth and development

       3. Formal and informal institutions and development outcomes

       4. Political and economic institutions and economic growth and development

       5. Institutions, institutional reform and economic performance

   B. The Political Economy of Institutional reform

       6. The effects of the 1999 Constitution on the economy and society

       7. Institutions and social service delivery (education, health, water, sanitation)

       8. Institutional reform and the public service

       9. Institutional change, privatisation and private-public partnership

       10. Regulatory frameworks, regulatory outcomes and economic performance

       11. Regulatory frameworks, state and the market

       12. Fiscal federalism and democratic governance

       13. Legislative reform and economic growth and development

       14. Accountability, governance and economic performance

       15. Institutional reform, governance and economic growth - the regional perspective

       16. Institution, property rights and the land use act

       17. Cost of governance and democratic governance in federal systems

       18. Democratic accountability, transparency and governance: The role of checks-and-balances institutions

   C. Institutional Reform and Sectoral Performance

       19. Agriculture

       20. Oil and Gas

       21. Telecommunication

       22. Electricity

       23. Manufacturing

       24. Financial sector

       25. Trade

       26. Public Finance and Macroeconomic Management

   D. Market failure, State Failure, Resource Transfers and Subsidy Regimes

       27. Agriculture

       28. Petroleum Products

       29. Electricity

       30. Credit Market

       31. Trade (waivers, import ban etc.)

       32. Health

       33. Education

   E. Other Perspectives and Issues

       34. The economics and politics of corruption and malfeasance in Nigeria

       35. Distributive Politics and Inefficient Redistribution Policies

       36. Taxes and Transfers: The role of institutions

       37. Institutions and gender

       38. Corruption, governance and public expenditures at federal, state and local government levels

       39. Judicial and Legal reforms, institutional reforms and economic development

       40. Multilateral and Bilateral Organizations and Institutional Reforms in Africa

There will also be specialized panels in the following areas:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Game Theory/Political Economy
  • History of Economic Thought/Economic History
  • Econometrics
  • Economics of Education and Human Capital
  • Energy/ Env. Economics/Climate Change
  • Financial Economics

Members who are willing to organize and chair any of these panels should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Members are encouraged to use any of the sessions to discuss their research programmes and/or projects.

We invite abstracts of papers to be presented at the Conference. The abstracts prepared in standard MS word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format should not be more than 700 words (approximately two pages). The submission should include: title of the research paper, JEL classification numbers matching the research, the author(s) and contact person's (for papers that are jointly authored) mailing address, phone and e-mail address.

The abstract submitted should not exceed two pages and must include the following sections: overview, research questions being addressed, methodology, expected results and references.


  • Deadline for submission of abstracts- March 31, 2013
  • Notification of the status of papers- April 30, 2013
  • Deadline for submission of full paper- August 16, 2013

The abstract should be submitted electronically to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further information on the Conference, visit the Society's website: www.nigerianeconomicsociety.org.


   NES Members

  • N20,000 for early registration, before June 30, 2013
  • N25,000 for early registration, after June 30, 2013

   Non-NES Members

  • N25,000 for early registration, before June 30, 2013
  • N30,000 for early registration, after June 30, 2013


  • Paper presenting Students will not pay registration fee
  • Other students will pay a special registration fee of N4,000

Grants will be available on a competitive basis for young researchers and postgraduate students who wish to present papers. The grant will cover travel and accommodation expenses for successful applicants. Applications for the grant will close by April 30, 2013. Applicants should include abstract of their papers and CV in their application. Successful applicant will be informed by July 31, 2013.

There will be prizes awarded for the top three PHD theses in 2012/2013. The award is open to all PHD candidates that successfully defended their theses in 2012/2013. Assessment will be based on the following criteria: contribution to knowledge; originality; language/style; creativity; coherence. There will be an award panel to choose the prize winners. Interested students should send soft copies of their theses to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on the Nigerian Economic Society visit the website: www.nigerianeconomicsociety.org.