Why did you choose Professor João Santos Silva for the next Career Building International Chats (CABICH) Ones-to-one session?

Professor Santos Silva is a major figure in his areas of research. I worked on some of his articles and used his packages in Stata for my Master’s thesis. My choosing him is mainly due to the fact that he has done intensive quantitative econometrics analysis, which is the root of many courses at ASE. Moreover, his advice as a professor will be an exceptional help for ASE students academically as well as in professional career building.  

How can ASE students benefit from participating in this session?

Participating in this session is a privilege for each ASE student. Firstly, because we are going to learn more through each other’s questions. Secondly, participating in this session could lead to a great opportunity for a PhD or research projects for students Professor Santos Silva might notice through interesting questions during the session.

We noticed that you often invite important persons to CABICH chats. What do you do to convince those people?

I think inviting someone to CABICH is all about convincing them through the first email. It's true that at the beginning it was difficult, because it was something I’d never done or heard about before. It just came to my mind, I started working on it and it worked out. At the very beginning, many people turned down my invitations. But through perseverance, I know more about convincing people than before.  Can you imagine that Dr. Santos Silva was not a WhatsApp user before, but he has asked his department to provide him with a smartphone just for participating in the session with ASE students?  Also, ASE is doing more to make it easy to convince people. I applaud all the faculty, especially Professor Leonard Wantchekon. He is doing wonderful work to build ASE's reputation. All my gratitude to him, and to students who have helped at certain times to put me in touch with some of their contacts to invite them onto the CABICH series.

Your final word?

My final word is that everybody should chip in during the chat with good questions. Students can ask questions about various economic works, but especially Dr. Santos Silva’s “The Log of Gravity”.  I encourage our students to carefully read at least the abstract and the introduction of the paper to get ready. I also encourage all the faculty to warmly welcome Santos that day to thank him for accepting the invitation to interact with ASE students.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, ASE students have the privilege to welcome a distinguished guest, Professor João Santos Silva who is Head of the School of Economics at the University of Surrey, as part of an exceptional installment of ASE’s ongoing Career Building International Chats (CABICH) series.

Professor Santos received a master’s degree in applied mathematics in 1988 and graduated in economics from the technical University of Lisbon in 1985. In 1992, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Bristol. He has published in a variety of economics journals, including the Review of Economics Studies, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and others. The discussion will be mainly on his article titled “The Log of Gravity”, co-authored with Dr. Silvana Tenreyro and published in the November 2006 edition of the Review of Economics and Statistics.

This interaction will be a great opportunity for ASE students to know more about logarithmic linearized equations and estimations. Visit www.cabich.wordpress.com to learn more.

The African School of Economics (ASE) is pleased to announce that training workshops will be held from 26 June to 8 July on the ASE campus. These workshops will be moderated by speakers from Canada and institutions such as AfDB and BOAD. A diploma will be issued to participants at the end of the workshops.

3 modules will be taught:
1 – How to draw up a business plan and attract funding from banks
2 – Project management.
3 – Financial risk management.

To register call +229 95 06 21 85 or contact cassede@africanschoolofeconomics.com

On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, ASE students exchanged questions via Whatsapp with Tite Yokossi from MIT as part of ASE’s ongoing Career-Building International Chats series. During the discussion, students received technical help and general advice on research projects that they are working on. The guest discussed his motivations for working on research papers and ways to identify interesting research topics with promising results. At the end of the conversation, Dr. Yokossi advised ASE students to never give up and always remember why they are doing what they are doing. He added that the training at ASE will be very useful for some graduates to do high-impact research and for others to hold jobs where they can lead, manage and provide value to the continent.


Tanzanian Ansila is a former student of the African School of Economics (ASE), a pan-African University based in Benin. She graduated last December 2016 and is currently working with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as a Senior Field Manager. Below is a summary of her professional experiences following her time at ASE.


After graduating from ASE, Ansila Kweka worked as data manager at WASO (Wake Up and Support Others) an organization engaged in HIV prevention interventions. Thereafter, she worked as a research assistant for different projects in Tanzania including the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). This Program aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. It gives insights into the role of state and non-state actors, to consider the relationship between local level factors (e.g., poverty, gender relations, elite dynamics, ethnic diversity, etc.) and governance.

Currently, Ansila is working with IPA (Innovations for Poverty Action) as a Senior Field Manager on the STRYDE (Strengthening Rural Youth Development Through Enterprise) 2.0 project in Mbeya, Tanzania.  Her main responsibilities are ensuring data integrity is maintained at all times, minimizing errors in recording all data, scheduling and attending meetings between IPA and Local Leaders, managing a team of Senior Field officers and Field officers,  supervising all the field work and ensuring consistent communication between all the team members. 

She highlights: ‘’…all the skills I received from ASE, including courses and interactions with different people around the world through research seminars and summer school trainings, helped me to be where I am today. ASE does not teach people to be strong; it makes people strong’’. 

What has stuck with you from ASE?

‘’This school reminds me of a lot, one being interacting with a lot of good friends from around the world.’’