The African School of Economics

Producing Cutting-Edge
Economic Research

Founded in 2014 by Princeton University Professor Leonard Wantchekon , the African School of Economics (ASE) is a Pan-African graduate university dedicated to producing cutting-edge economic research, public policy, and world-renowned social scientists and economic leaders on the continent. Headquartered in Abomey-Calavi, Benin, and with campuses in Cote d’ivoire and Nigeria, ASE hosts a number of affiliated institutes, including the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) and the Pan-African Scientific Research Council (PASRC).

ASE History

Leonard Wantchekon founds the Institute of Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE)
The first cohort of students enrolls at the African School of Economics
ASE introduces a Certificate Program in Impact Evaluation
ASE hosts the Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society in Cotonou from July 12-14

Professor Leonard Wantchekon

Leonard Wantchekon is the Founder and President of the African School of Economics. He is also a Professor of Politics, International Affairs and Economics (affiliated faculty) at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton University, he was on the faculty of New York University (2001-2011), and Yale University (1995-2001). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University (1995) and his M.A. in Economics from Laval University and University of British Columbia (1992).

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ASE at a Glance


Eager students driven by knowledge that improves economies globally.


Professional and well curated courses that gives you the fundamentals with ease.


Well equipped campuses that provides conducive learning environs.

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