Christelle Zozoungbo, from ASE to Penn State University

Christelle is a Predoctoral Fellow at the African School of Economics. She is among the eight fellows who participated in the rigorous program this year. As a Predoctoral Fellow, Christelle took the GRE and TOEFL in order to apply to various Ph.D. programs in the United States.

After months of anticipation, Christelle received admission to Pennsylvania State University and will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Economics starting this August. Prior to her graduate studies at ASE, she earned her undergraduate degree in project planning and management at ENEAM (Ecole Nationale d’Economie Appliquée et de Management). After graduating, she participated in an internship at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Benin. Miss Zozoungbo believes that much of her success stems from both her background in economics, as well as ASE’s arduous training in quantitative analysis and research methods. She states that ASE enhanced her with teaching and research skills, which will prove useful as a Ph.D. candidate.

Teaching at ASE has shaped how she discusses technical concepts such as econometrics to students and has allowed her to learn different approaches to teaching. She has also learned how to design surveys and questionnaires and collect and clean data. These skills have come through both the academic rigour as well as through working on many research projects at IREEP, including “Political Contracts in Benin.” Working on projects has allowed her to gain concrete skills in understanding fieldwork, from survey design to data collection and database cleaning. Miss Zozoungbo is thrilled to embark on the next phase of her academic journey. After completing her studies, she aspires to help Africa’s policy makers implement suitable programs for sustainable development and to make econometric tools more accessible to students in Africa.