Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN)

ERINN at the Centre for the Study of African Economies

The CSAE, in collaboration with the ERINN (Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives) Network, has several research projects that focus on how social forces – particularly identity, norms, and narratives – can shape economic outcomes.

Economic activity takes place in a social context which structures and co-determine people's preferences, beliefs, and constraints. The role of these projects is to bring these processes to the forefront of economic analysis. You can find out all you need to know about ERINN at the CSAE on our projects website.


Ghana CSAE

Ghana Police Service Project
The Government of Ghana has announced an ambitious objective to turn the Ghana Police Service into a world class force over the next decade. To help with this objective, and with the full approval of the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, the research team, led by Dr Donna Harris, is carrying out research on how to reduce corruption in the traffic police in Ghana.

Malawi CSAE

Malawi School Leadership Project
The introduction of free primary education in Malawi has led to a rapid rise in student enrolment, in line with trends in other sub-Saharan African countries. Schools have struggled to keep up with the rise in student numvers resulting in a dip in educational quality and performance with schools facing poor distribution of teachers, large class sizes, and high rates of repetition and dropouts in lower grades. The research team are working to gain a better understanding of the school context in Malawi with a focus on school leadership.

Effects CSAE

The Effect of Narrative Form Project
The research team are heading to urban Nigeria to investigate how packaging information in a narrative format affects attitudinal and behavioural change.

Executive Committee

George Akerlof (Berkley); Robert Akerlof (Warwick); Paul Collier (Oxford); Rachel Kranton (Duke); Denis Snower (Kiel)

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