At the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), we have been researching economic and social development in Africa since 1986. These days, our large team of development economists research not only countries in Africa, but also in other developing areas of the world.

We are part of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, with researchers in the Department of Economics, the Blavatnik School of Government, and the Oxford Department of International Development.

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We run many events at the Centre, including CSAE Lunchtime Seminars and Research Workshops during term time, and several conferences and workshops throughout the academic year


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Our researchers are working on projects across Africa and other developing countries on a range of topics from firms and labour to welfare and behaviour.

Dr Mahreen Mahmud discusses her work as part of the Mind and Behaviour Research Group on cash transfers, aspirations and goal-setting: impact on female empowerment in Kenya.

Associate Professor Simon Quinn discusses his co-authored work at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, on active labour market policies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Our researchers strive to create a close and trusted network of connections with senior officials and advisors in the countries that we are working in to ensure that our research engages with the current challenges faced by policymakers and international organisations in developing countries.

Professor Stefan Dercon discusses his work at the CSAE and how academics are in a position to really make a difference.

Professor Chris Adam discusses what academics can offer policymakers and his role in providing informed advice as part of the CSAE.

Professor Pramila Krishnan discusses the importance of capacity building and her role at the CSAE in encouraging high-quality research on Africa.

The CSAE Conference has been cancelled!

We're very sorry to announce that the CSAE Conference 2020 has been cancelled. The CSAE Conference is an annual three day event with a broad focus on issues that are relevant for economic development in Africa.

We are working on creative ways that we can film or communicate research around the conference dates so please watch this space.


The CSAE is able to provide small grants  (up to £2000 per grant) to support student fieldwork in development economics. These grants are designed to support students from the Department of Economics, Department of International Development, and the Blavatnik School of Government. Find out more, including information on how to apply.

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