BRIEF May 16, 2018

Africa Economics Seminar Series


This series is offered by the Office of Chief Economist in the Africa Region, and provides regular opportunities to interact, debate and discuss on topics that are relevant to our work in the Africa Region. The series invites leading researchers to present the results of their most recent research in a seminar format. 






People or Places: The Role of Human Capital in Africa’s Productivity

Dr. Michael Clemens, the Center for Global Development 






January 24, 2019Growth, Debt, and Money from Asia: Findings of a Policy Research Program on Middle-income Africa 

Indermit Gill, Duke University

Kenan Karakulah, World Bank

Siddharth Dixit, Duke University

Chinmoy Kumar, Duke University 

December 6, 2018Fertility, political institutions, and economic development Roland Pongou, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa 
November 15, 2018Extractive Industries: The management of resources as a driver of sustainable development

Albert Zeufack, chief economist, Africa region 

Tony Addison, UNU-WIDER


James Cust, Economist

November 8, 2018Can technology make the difference in coaching for teachers? Experimental evidence from South Africa

Brahm Fleisch School of Education, University of Witwatersrand

Carol Nuga Deliwe National Department of Basic Education, South Africa

Carien Vorster USAID

October 25, 2018

Improving the productivity of subsistence farmers: lessons from cash transfers and credit in Mali

Lori Beaman, Department of Economics Northwestern University

October 24, 2018Financial sector expansion, inclusion and welfare in Zambia

Dr. Lwanga Elizabeth Nanziri, AERC Visiting Scholar, African Economic Research Consortium

Albert Zeufack, chief economist, Africa region 


October 11, 2018

Cultural differences in social and emotional competencies matter: implications for effective pedagogy in Tanzania 

Matthew Jukes, RTI International


October 4, 2018

Getting it Right – A New Economy for South Africa

Philippe Burger, University of the Free State


September 13, 2018

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Political Incentives for Reform in Tanzania 

Ken Opalo, Georgetown University

May 17, 2018Information, market access and risk: addressing constraints to agricultural transformation in northern GhanaChris Udry, Northwestern University 
May 10, 2018Can digital loans deliver? Take up and impacts of digital loans in KenyaTavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
April 12, 2018Consumer perceptions and saving behavior: evidence from NigeriaKehinde Ajayi, Boston University 
February 28, 2018Self-employment, capital and job search, drawing on data from GhanaProfessor Simon Quinn, Oxford University 
January 25, 2018Mobile-Phone Based Agricultural Advice for Smallholder Farmers Shawn Cole, Harvard Business School and Michael Kremer, Harvard University

December 14, 2017

Prices, Productivity and Enterprise Clustering: Firm-level Evidence from Ethiopia

Professor Måns Söderbom, University of Gothenburg
November 30, 2017Does Social Pressure Hinder Entrepreneurship in Africa? The Forced Mutual Help HypothesisPierre Nguimkeu, Georgia State University

November 14, 2017

Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences

Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town

October 26, 2017

The Hopes and Impediments of Sustainable Improvements in School WASH: Evidence from A Field Experiment in Kenya

James Habyarimana, Georgetown University




September 28, 2017

Improving Student Learning by Changing Teaching Practice: Evidence from South Africa

Jacobus Cilliers, Georgetown University

September 14, 2017

Land Markets, Resource Allocation, and Agricultural Productivity

Diego Restuccia, University of Toronto
May 18, 2017 Strategies for Raising Labor Productivity in Sub-Saharan AfricaMargaret McMillan, Tufts University and IFPRI

April 06, 2017

 Resources, Conflict, and Economic Development in AfricaJames Fenske, University of Warwick

March 02, 2017

 Share the Love: Parental Bias, Women

Empowerment and Intergenerational Mobility

Théophile T. Azomahou, Maastricht University
March 16, 2017Why is the adoption of productivity enhancing Agricultural technologies low in Africa?Awudu Abdoulai, University of Kiel


February 16, 2017

Foreign Aid and African Development: Taking Stock and a Research Agenda

Leonce Ndikumana, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
February 09, 2017

Environmental Externalities and Intrahousehold Inefficiencies

Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University
January 26,2017There's No Place Like Home: Theory and Evidence on Politician Preferences and DecentralizationMichael Kremer, Harvard University