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African History through the lens of Economics

An initiative by the Wheeler Institute
for Business and Development

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This course covers recent contributions in economic history that, using geospatial data from anthropological maps, colonial archives and secondary sources, will explore current economic and development challenges by drawing parallels between the past and present. 

10 main lectures + 10 special lectures + 3 plenary sessions covering major aspects of African history every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am ET / 3pm GMT / 4 pm WAT for 10 weeks starting on 1st February. Main Teaching Faculty include: Elias Papaioannou (London Business School)Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University), and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University.

About the course


Meet the teaching faculty and guest speakers


Read a series of blogs summarizing the lectures

Course Materials

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