11th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE)


11th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and DEvelopment (MEIDE)


Conference on the Role of Inclusive Entrepreneurship on Youth and Women

8-10 October 2019
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

UNU-MERIT, United Nations University

Given multiple requests, the deadline for submissions for the MEIDE conference in Abidjan has been extended to 4 July 2019. Applicants will receive a response around 4 August 2019.

The United Nations University in the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT) is pleased to announce that the 11th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and DEvelopment (MEIDE) will be held on 8-9 October 2019 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The conference will be followed on 10 October 2019 by the closing event of the project,  ‘The Role of Inclusive Entrepreneurship on Youth and Women’, organised by CAPEC (Cellule d’Analyse des Politiques Economiques du CIRES – Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) and funded by IDRC (the International Development Research Centre), Canada. Participants are invited to attend both conferences.

The aim is to gather researchers from around the world to discuss various aspects of innovation as it relates to economic development. Innovation here is to be understood broadly as any kind of innovation in what firms, households, communities and governments do, or in the way they operate. It includes issues linked to knowledge creation, diffusion, measurement and evaluation. Development here comprises growth but also welfare, poverty alleviation, environmental concerns and fairness in the distribution of wealth and income. This year’s conference will focus in particular on organisational aspects related to innovation, most notably the place of youth and women in science, research and entrepreneurship.


Researchers are invited to submit their paper or extended abstract by 4 July 2019. Preference will be given to full papers, quantitative studies, empirical papers and papers dealing with this year’s special topics. But there is also room for methodological and theoretical papers as well as for case studies, so long as they address the issue of innovation and development (see examples below).

Please use the ‘Paper submission‘ link. Notifications of acceptance will be sent around 4 August 2019. For participants who need an official letter of invitation from the Ivory Coast to apply for a visa to enter the country, there will be a special box to tick when submitting the paper. There is no registration fee, but all participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.

Examples of topics:

  • Innovation, productivity and firm performance
  • Innovation, education, health, human capital, and social capital
  • Innovation in universities and public institutions
  • Technology adoption and diffusion
  • Innovation and employment
  • Innovation and internationalisation
  • Innovation and the role of financial institutions
  • Inclusive, indigenous and frugal innovation
  • Innovation and international trade
  • Firm learning / upgrading and exports
  • Effectiveness of innovation policies
  • Innovation metrics
  • Non-technological innovations
  • User innovations
  • Migration, knowledge and development
  • Policy evaluations
  • Eco-innovation
  • Innovation and agriculture
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Scientific careers and mobility
  • Productivity and spillovers in scientific research
  • Cooperation and scientific research networks
  • Innovation and inequality
  • Social innovations
  • Innovation and welfare
  • Determinants and impacts of high-tech entrepreneurship
  • Innovation (eco)systems and firm performance
  • Innovation and economic growth
  • Innovation and structural change
  • Market structure and innovation
  • Innovative start-ups, spin-offs and spin-outs in emerging economies
  • Knowledge creation and technology transfer

Scientific committee:

Alban Ahoure (Université Felix Houphouet Boigny de Cocody-Abidjan and CAPEC)

Théophile Azomahou (Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, CERDI, Maastricht University)

Zié Ballo (Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny and CAPEC)

Charles Doukouré (CAPEC and ENSEA)

Fred Gault (UNU-MERIT and Tschwane University)

Micheline Goedhuys (UNU-MERIT)

Bernadette Kamgnia Dia (CAPEC)

Assi José Carlos Kimou (Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny and CAPEC)

Maty Konte (UNU-MERIT)

Jacques Mairesse (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, ENSAE)

Flaubert M’Biekop (IDRC)

Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)

Eleonora Nillesen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)

Nyasha Tirivayi (UNU-MERIT)





Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Cocody-Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire

Organisation committee:

Alban Ahoure (CAPEC), Racky Balde (UNU-MERIT), Germain Kramo (CAPEC), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT), Herman Pijpers (UNU-MERIT)

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 20 June 2019

Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2019

Registration deadline: 15 September 2019

Sending paper to the organisers: 1 October 2019

11th MEIDE conference: October 8-9, 2019