News from the African School of Economics
Over the summer, Professor Leonard Wantchekon accompanied a group of ten graduate and two undergraduate students from the Politics Department to Benin. The Princeton students, alongside 39 African students, participated in an intensive two-week long quantitative methods summer school taught by professors from Canada and the United States. Graduate students Colby Clabaugh, Brandon Miller de la Cuesta, Sanata Sy-Sahande and Yang-Yang Zhou also presented their research at the Afrobarometer Network Conference on Democracy and Governance in Africa. Students also attended an international conference on education sponsored by the African School Economics. These events brought together scholars, government officials, and representatives of multilateral institutions.
The Department of Politics has a special relationship with the African School of Economics, acting as an incubator for its early development. ASE founder is Professor of Politics Leonard Wantchekon, who with his staff, is housed in the department. The ASE strives to be the best graduate school of economics and management in Africa. ASE will accept its first 200 students in 2014, and will continue to enroll 400 students a year after that. ASE will begin offering doctoral studies programs by 2017. The ASE campus will begin construction on a vast 10 acres located in Abomey Calavi, Benin. http://africanschoolofeconomics.com/