Workshop on African History and Economics

Co-Directors Emmanuel Akyeampong and Nathan Nunn

The Workshop on African History and Economics (WAHE) brings together two recent academic trends in a forensic examination of African economies in historical perspective:  the development of the “New Economic History” with its tendency for comparative studies of regional economic performance; and a new emphasis on longue durée studies in African history. WAHE foregrounds dialogue between academic researchers, development experts/policy makers, and African entrepreneurs. It prioritizes graduate research in African economics and economic/business history, drawing on the research agenda that emerges from conversations between researchers, policy makers and business people, and utilizing WAHE’s network of African entrepreneurs to place graduate students in crucial fields of research.