26-year-old Beninese student, Patrice Mahounan Yedomiffi has been accepted to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patrice obtained his Master’s degree in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) on December 2016 from the African School of Economics (ASE), a Pan-African university based in Benin.

I applied to the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because it is one of the best departments in the world for Development Economics”, says Patrice. He adds, “I owe this admission to the ASE, which through its training has given me a strong theoretical and practical background in Economics, both elements that have played a role in my acceptance to my dream university. Also, studying at ASE gave me the opportunity to perfect my English which has opened up more doors for me in the world”.

Whilst at ASE, Patrice has worked on various projects conducted by the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), one of the research centers hosted by ASE. Some of these projects were related to local elections, local governance and currently Mathematics education in Beninese high-schools. Currently, he is working as a research assistant for a Youth Employment project born out of a partnership between ASE and the World Bank.


The conference aims to promote exchange and build capacity among researchers, academia, emerging evaluators and practitioners in order to produce credible evaluative evidence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. As an associate member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), ASE will be sending one of its students to the conference in Uganda to act as a volunteer translator.

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Immaculée Affognon was guest presenter for ASE’s weekly academic research seminar this Tuesday, February 28 at the ASE campus. Her presentation shows how Nigeria faced the Boko Haram crisis between 2009 and 2015. For the researcher, the impact of the crisis was not discernible at the federal level but only at the local government level. Her study also presented the views of numerous other researchers on this question.

Considering this information, Immaculée argued that government policy on Boko Haram has to be redirected to the people that have been attacked, rather than focusing on federal or local governments. The major policy of the previous government was to finance local communities so that they could redistribute these funds to the people affected by the conflict.

“There is a need to finance people at a lower level to directly reach people who are really in need”, Immaculée declared.

Regarding the involvement of other countries, Immaculée stated it is necessary to take other variables into consideration to measure their impact on antiterrorist activities.


Former student of the African School of Economics and now Research Assistant - Stéphania Houngan says a few words about ASE to our Communications team.

Communications team: Hello Stéphania, what did you study exactly at ASE?

Stéphania Houngan: I did a Master Degree in Public Economics and Applied Statistics (MEPSA) at the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), a research institute at ASE.

Communications team: What was your first post after ASE?

Stéphania Houngan: I was recruited as a Research Assistant at Micro Impact of Macro Adjustment Policies (MIMAP).

Communications team: What enabled you to have this first position?

Stéphania Houngan: IERPE/ASE, because the quality of the courses provided made me tough enough to be able to achieve this success. Then professionally, ASE gave me expertise in Economics and Statistics, which was very positive. Today, I am involved in ASE’s functions, in the sense that I am working at IERPE as a Research Associate.

Your final words to conclude the interview?

I would like to point out that ASE is an internationally renowned school that offers a quality education. So I encourage all those who are in need of this quality education to join ASE and take advantage of this opportunity.


Academic research seminars take place every week at the African School of Economics. The one on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 took place with a special touch.

For the first time, one of ASE’s pre-doctoral fellows, Simplice Adjisse, presented an academic research seminar for students. His presentation focused on Benin’s bilateral trade patterns and potential. Mr. Adjisse's research concludes that Benin underexploits its commercial potential. The researcher urged policymakers to take decisions to bridge this gap. ASE students who participated in the conference appreciated the work of Mr. Adjisse. "Thanks to his work, I have become aware of the analytical skills that I can acquire at the end of my training at ASE," said Apollos Djogbnou, a first-year MMES (Master in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics) student. 

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