The 2018 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society (AFES 2018), hosted by the African School of Economics (ASE) will be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel and the Novotel Hotel in Cotonou, Benin from 12th to 14th July 2018.

Tim Besley (LSE) will deliver the Presidential Address, and there will be six invited lecturers in addition to paper presentations (to be confirmed at a later date). Prior to the Meeting, the 2018 Summer Institute of the Econometric Society (SIES) will take place at Chant d’Oiseau in Cotonou from July 5 to July 11, 2018 and will gather students and junior faculty from universities around the African continent as well as overseas. The Summer Institute will cover topics including Advances in Development Economics, Theory of Organizations, and Structural Econometrics. 

The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2018. Papers can only be submitted electronically through Conference Maker website on The link to the website will be activated shortly.  At least one of the authors must be a member of the Econometric Society, and all participants must register for the conference. You may join the Society at Each person may submit and present only one paper; however, each person is allowed to be a co-author of several papers submitted to the conference.

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Conference Fees

US$140 for early registration, before May 11, 2018

US$170 for registration, after May 11, 2018

Financial support will be available to young researchers from Africa who wish to present papers during the conference. The allocation of the grants will be on a competitive basis and applications will be evaluated by a review committee. The grants will cover travel and accommodation expenses. Applications for grants should be sent to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) by March 1, 2018 and should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. Selected applicants will be informed by April 15, 2018.

Visa information: Travelers with an African country-issued passport do not need an entry visa for visits up to 90-day. Other travelers may need one. More information regarding visa applications can be found in the attached file.

The program chairs are Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) and Prosper Dovonon (Concordia University). The local organizing committee chair is Alice Bonou (African School of Economics). 

Program Committee

Bhorat, Harmon (University of Cape Town)

Blimpo, Moussa (World Bank)

Bonou, Alice (African School of Economics)

Doko, Firmin (University of Adelaide, Australia)

El Gamal, Mahmoud (Rice University)

Habiarimana, James (Georgetown University)

Heffernan, Ian (African School of Economics)

Jouini, Elyes (Universite de Paris Dauphine)

Kotchoni, Rachidi (Universite de Paris Nanterre)

Morjaria, Ameet (Northwestern University)

Mourifie, Ismael (University of Toronto)

Murinde, Victor (SOAS University of London, UK)

Nada, Eissa (Georgetown University)

Nguimkeu, Pierre (Georgia State University)

Okonkwo, Una (Purdue University)

Okoye, Dozie (Dalhousie University)

Peter Quartey (University of Ghana)

Soumare, Issouf (Université Laval)

Suri, Tavneet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Thomas, Duncan (Duke University)


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L’African School of Economics est déterminée à promouvoir les mathématiques à travers le Bénin. En plus du Maths Project dont bénéficient les élèves à travers le pays, et après l’école d’été Animath de septembre dernier, l’ASE procède à l’installation des clubs de mathématiques comme annoncé, un mois plus tôt.

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C’est définitivement lancé ! Bénimath Lica a été mis en place par African School of Economics. La cérémonie officielle d’installation de ce premier club de mathématiques a eu lieu vendredi dernier, dans l’enceinte du Lycée International de Calavi (LICA). Cinq représentants de l’African School of Economics, le Directeur du Collège LICA et  le professeur certifié de Mathématiques Blaise Ahohoui  étaient face aux élèves.

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Mots de bienvenue du Directeur du LICA, définition des règles de fonctionnement du club, échanges avec les élèves sur l’utilité des mathématiques se sont enchaînés. Puis, place à la présentation de l’objectif de ce club par Wilfried Gnanvi, représentant le Directeur de l’ASE à la cérémonie. Il a été appuyé par ses collaborateurs Lucy Assonfack et Simplice Adjissè, tous deux, Master en mathématiques, économie et statistiques à l’ASE. Ils ont souligné 4 buts visés par l’African School of Economics. Ces clubs auront pour but de :

  • redonner le goût des mathématiques aux apprenants,
  • découvrir les mathématiques sous un autre angle avec une nouvelle vision et des méthodes nouvelles,
  • préparer les apprenants aux olympiades de mathématiques,
  • aider les apprenants à développer l’esprit de recherche pour aborder les études universitaires dans la sérénité.

Ce club fait suite à l’école d’été ANIMATH, organisée en Septembre 2017 par Animath-France, l’Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP), et African School of Economics (ASE). Au Lica, la première séance Bénimath aura lieu vendredi prochain, dans l’après-midi. D'autres clubs verront le jour dans tous les collèges invités à l’école d’été et regrouperont des élèves de 1ère et de Terminale.

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24 October 2017: On October 24, 2017, the African School of Economics (ASE) hosted a workshop on “The New National Planning for Sustainable Development in the South”, an international research project involving researchers from Benin, Togo, Ghana, Lithuania, and numerous other countries around the world. Funded by the Global Fund for Research, the research project is based at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute and has been implemented in partnership with the University of Ottawa and ASE. Academic papers dedicated to national development planning have seen a reemergence over the past 5 years, as developing countries strive to capitalize on economic globalization for sustainable development projects. The National Planning project is aimed at tracking and examining such policies in the Global South, to determine effective and accountable development planning procedures.

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The workshop focused on new development planning projects in Benin, examining new planning trends, as well as the Benin’s national planning history, to highlight potential implementation strategies and results of current development policies. Organized by the African School of Economics, the workshop was attended by numerous actors involved in national planning, including academics, local authorities, public administrative leaders, and civil servants.

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ASE’s research team, represented by Dr. David Gbaguidi (Assistant Professor, ASE), and Professor Munro Lauchlan (University of Ottawa) presented their preliminary work surrounding Benin’s national planning history and contemporary situation. After this presentation, the researchers opened up the floor for questions, comments, and discussion.

September 15th 2017. Last week, ASE organized a professional development seminar entitled “International Relations and Migration: What Development for Africa?” The seminar was led by Jean-Francis R. Zinsou, former ambassador and representative of Benin to the United Nations and former chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of Least Developed Countries.

Mr. Zinsou began the presentation by contextualizing the phenomenon of migration in Africa, the driving factors of migration, and the difference between voluntary and forced migration. He also highlighted the implications of migration on countries of destination, transit, and origin; namely, he highlighted the importance of the migrant remittances and their potential to foster economic development in origin countries. 

Subsequently, Mr. Zinsou discussed his involvement in setting up a Remittances Observatory in Benin as an extension of the International Organization for Migration. He also explained his involvement with the government of Benin in the creation of new policies to enhance the mobility of Africans across the region and continent, and in efforts with financial institutions to channel remittances into concrete development projects. To conclude, the seminar was followed by a Q&A session where students posed a variety of questions about migration and development in Benin and across the continent.    

After a year of internship at the African School of Economics, a Pan-African university based in Abomey-Calavi, Princeton-in-Africa fellow Philile Shongwe recounts her experience in Benin.

Tell us briefly about yourself

My name is Philile Shongwe and I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Before joining ASE as a Princeton-in-Africa fellow, I was studying at Yale University where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs and French.

What roles have you played at ASE? And in which departments did you work?

My role at ASE was multi-faceted and I had the opportunity to work with different departments. Mainly, I worked on various research projects led by Professor Markus Olapade, assisted in the Communications department with managing the website, and taught a foundational English class for first-year students.

 What did this internship bring you in terms of skills?

Before joining ASE, I had never been involved in extensive research planning and field preparation, so my experiences doing research here have been very helpful moving forward. I also acquired a lot of skills in Communications, particularly in website management and visual design. My experience teaching English at ASE has deepened my understanding of the challenges associated with teaching, and this will definitely influence my career plans in future.

On a cultural level, what did you learn from this trip?

Culturally, I noticed some similarities between Swaziland and Benin – such as the love for music and dance! But living in Benin for a year also opened my eyes to the rich history and culture that I was unaware of. I found Beninese people to be incredibly grateful and passionate and I especially appreciated Beninese cuisine and learning how to dance salsa! 

If you were given a chance to repeat the ASE experience in the future, would you be ready to do so?

Yes, definitely. And I would learn more Fon. (smile)