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PhD, Caroline Sèlidji Tossou Packs for Wisconsin Madison

Research Assistant and former Pre-doctoral Fellow at the African School of Economics (ASE), Caroline will be attending the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.

Prior to enrolling at the African School of Economics, Caroline obtained her bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Econometrics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management at the National University of Benin. After graduating, she worked at several banks for two years to obtain more practical experiences. She joined the African School of Economics in 2015 and earned her master’s in Mathematics Economics and Statistics (MMES). As Sèlidji reflects on her academic journey, she attributes her success to ASE’s rigorous quantitative curriculum as well as the guidance she received during the application process. For instance, she was able to adequately prepare for the GRE and TOEFL with the help of the Princeton in Africa Fellows, notably Sarah Pollnow.

Miss Tossou is certain that ASE has equipped her with the skills necessary to thrive in her Ph.D. program. During her time at ASE, she has worked on numerous research projects, such a youth employment project and 3ie, which focuses on girl’s education in Benin. She has also increased her communication, teaching, and research skills and has become fluent in English. Caroline Sèlidji believes that pursuing her Ph.D. will be both an enriching and exciting experience and aims to tailor her research to Labor Economics. Caroline ended up choosing Wisconsin among multiple options because of their department of Economics. She notes that it is a highly ranked program in the US and is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching. Upon completing her doctoral degree, she hopes to become a professor or an academic researcher and aspires to launch private businesses.