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SIER 2016 will take place in Benin (Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou) from December 12 to 17. It consists of three sessions:

  • Session 1: Training on Research Design (December 12-13)
  • Session 2: Presentation of Research (Conference) (December 14-16)
  • Session 3: Policy Forum and ASE Commencement Day (December 17)


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Beginning on Monday, December 12th, the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER 2016) ended Saturday, December 17th, with the Policy Forum and the graduation ceremony of the first cohort of masters students of the African School of Economics, at the “Palais des Congress” de Cotonou.

From Monday to Tuesday, around 100 participants were trained on research design, by instructors from Yale (USA), Makerere (Uganda), Navarra (Spain) and Paris 10 (France).  Wednesday to Friday, featured conference presentations and put many ASE students on stage. The presenters spoke on terrific economic research related to issues such as conflict, climate change, and sub-regional cooperation.

During this time, the mayor of Abomey-Calavi, the town where ASE is located, Georges Bada, paid a visit to the school, he was very impressed by what he saw and encouraged everyone to keep up with the academic excellence.

The policy forum on Saturday started with a debate on advanced scientific research in Africa, with Professor Kizito Omala from University of Makerere (Uganda) and University of California at Berkeley (United States) as a chairperson, and as speakers, Professor Léonard Wantchekon, founder of ASE and professor at Princeton University (United States) and Wilfried Gangbo a Mathematics professor at UCLA (United States)

In the second part, the audience listened to Léandre Adifon, vice president of Enterprise Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology (USA). His address was titled “The Technological Challenges and Opportunities of Developing Countries by 2030”. Aristide Adjinakou, a counsellor of the President of Benin, attended the address as well.


Kizito Omala


Chinasa Ikelu


Still of a presentation at SIER 2016


Léandre Adifon 


Testimonials SIER 2016

"I was pleasantly impressed by the curiosity and the attention of the students at the Summer Institute. Most of them have very clear in mind which carrier they want to pursue after their graduation at ASE. And over the many interactions I had with them, they asked me several questions about what it is like to study abroad, and in particular in the United States. I felt that faculty and staff at ASE are doing a brilliant job in shaping a talented generation of students, who I am sure will have bright careers in many fields. Their strong commitment was evident to me even from the very short experience I had with in Cotonou". Giorgia Barboni (Princeton University)

"I must say that the SIER was a fruitful academic venture. The presentations were extremely impressive, and even more the work of the graduate students were at a global standard. I am certain that if the young who presented keep aiming that high and couple it with high integrity, Africa's future is promising. I desire to associate with this network! Oh, not to forget the fabulous graduation ceremony!" Kizito Omala (University of Makerere; University of California at Berkeley)

"I would say that it has been a great experience for me! Amused by the interest of some of the students in doing good research projects in time series. I hope I will be able to collaborate with some of them! I did a short (2 hours) course in time series and a presentation on fractional integration techniques. I enjoyed some of the presentations I attempted on Wednesday morning. Both the ASE and the SIER are great experiences! Hope to continue in the future" Luis A. Gil-Alana (University of Navarra)

"It was an invigorating experience for me because I participated as part of the team co-ordinating the curation of tweets on social media. I particularly found the teaching on Impact Evaluation and the conference presentations very interesting, they were all enlightening. I believe the African School of Economics (ASE) and the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER) has the potential of becoming one of the best institutions and conferences respectively in Africa if the current momentum is maintained". Chinasa Ikelu (Pre-Doctoral student at ASE)



November 17, 2016. The African School of Economics (ASE) resumed weekly Academic Research seminars last Tuesday, November 15, with a presentation from Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon, a PhD candidate from the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management at the University of Parakou in Benin. His research focuses on the impacts of climate shocks on the performance of farmers using a recursive dynamic mathematical programming model at the household level and the lecture was entitled "Assessing the impacts of climate shocks on farm performance and adaptation responses in the Niger basin of Benin".

During the presentation, Dr. Lokonon talked about climate change and some of the pressing problems it poses throughout the world, and in particular Benin. Based on findings from his research, he has been able to propose adaptation strategies to climate shocks that can be adopted in Benin. Some of these include improved irrigation, better access to credit, research and development, and better access to the labor market. In the Q&A session that followed his presentation, students were keen to know more about the mathematical models Dr. Lokonon used and asked for his personal opinions about how to adapt to climate shocks in the region. Dr. Lokonon expressed his appreciation for the students’ thoughtful questions and remarks and further offered to share additional resources pertaining to his research with the students. As the session drew to a close, attendees together with the speaker posed for a photo in the courtyard of ASE’s campus, whilst some students continued to engage with the speaker during lunch.


Boris Lokono addressing the audience


Still from the audience


Boris Lokonon




November 15, 2016. The African School of Economics (ASE) is proud to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Navarra Center for International Development at Universidad de Navarra (Spain).

The aim of this agreement is to develop an academic partnership whereby both parties are engaged in collaborative research and training initiatives. Through this agreement, which was signed by Prof. Leonard Wantchekon, ASE’s Founder and President, and Javier Mata, legal representative of University of Navarra, both institutions seek to explore the possibility of faculty exchange for the purpose of research, teaching, and other scholarly activities, as well as short-term visiting programs for students between the two schools. The first collaborative initiative will be the participation of two researchers from the center in ASE's 2016 edition of the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER), that will take place in Calavi next December.

The signing of this partnership is part of ASE’ internationalisation strategy. The African School of Economics currently has signed MOUs with a total of 14 academic partners, among which BEM Dakar – Bordeaux Management School (Senegal), Laval University (Canada), Princeton University (US) and Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile). A complete list of the academic partners can be found here.

The African School of Economics (ASE) invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships starting in January and September 2017. Postdoctoral positions are contracted for a duration of 6 months to a year; appointments can be renewed for an additional semester or a year. Successful candidates will be required to teach at least one course and to engage in research activities in ASE's research institutes (Institute for Research in Political Economy (IERPE) and Institute for Finance and Management (IFM)).



Research Areas

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Economic History
  • Political Science 


Who Can Apply

The applicant must have been awarded his/her PhD before the beginning of the Postdoctoral grant and within the 5 years preceding the deadline for the submission of their research proposal.


How and when to apply

Interested applicants should send:

1. A cover letter including the specific skills and motivation for the particular postdoctoral position.

2. Detailed curriculum vitae.

3. A writing sample.

4. Research proposal to be developed during the fellowship.

5. Two references.


Candidacies should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Att. Meritxell Roca). The deadline for application is December 1, 2016 for fellowships starting in January 2017 and May 2017 for fellowships starting in September 2017.


October 27, 2016. Romaric Mouftaou, Program Support Specialist at the US Embassy in Benin, visited ASE on Wednesday October 19 to present the Young African Leaders Initiative - YALI. This program  was launched by President Barak Obama in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.


In December 2015 a team of MBA students from the African School of Economics were among the laureates at the Global entrepreneurship week Award organised by the US embassy in Benin. Gilchrist Tohouenou, Fremyot Noukpokinnou, Tiloux Soundja and Marina Monkoun (MBA Class of 2016) were chosen to compete along with thirteen other schools of business and management. Click here to read more.