The Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS) is a small working group that brings together scholars who use cutting-edge empirical methods to study the political economy of governance, development, conflict. The group is set to meet biannually to discuss latest research and provide feedback at early stages of research projects. The aim is for researchers to incorporate scholarly critique and comments at early stages of design and analysis.
Meetings like CAPERS and WGAPE provide institutionalized spaces for rigorous discussion and feedback for scholars working on African political economy and social science methods. NEWEPS serves as an analogue for empirical research in political science more broadly. It focuses on research that uses rigorous and creative methods to do micro-level analysis of key questions in the political economy of governance, development and conflict. Field experiments, quasi-experiments, natural experiments, and innovative uses of spatial data are of particular interest. In addition, NEWEPS encourages research answering interesting historical political economy questions using observational data.