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.





October 27, 2016. Mohamadou Yarou, a representative from the NGO International Plan Benin, visited the African School of Economics last September 23 to take part in the Professional Seminar Series. In his talk he presented International Plan Benin to the students, its mission and vision as well as the work they do empowering children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. It is active in 71 countries.