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Wheeler Blog

Our team has created a series of blogs that summarize major themes covered in the lectures of African History through the Lens of Economics series.

RESISTING THE STEREOTYPES OF AN UNDEVELOPED, UNCHANGING CONTINENT

Professor Ehret urged the audience to resist pervasive, incomplete and quite often false stereotypes of Africa as a continent somehow cut off from the rest of humanity, less developed, and unchanging.....

AFRICAN COLONISATION: UNPACKING A COMPLEX PHENOMENON

At the beginning of the colonial era in the mid-1880s, after the periods of the slave trade and the Scramble for Africa, the average person’s income in sub-Saharan Africa was one third .....

AID, LATENT ASSETS AND WEIRD SOCIETIES: REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

The Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, concluded with three plenary lectures covering the impact of foreign aid, the reasons why Africa can be optimistic about the....

LEONARD WANTCHEKON’S PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES ON AFRICAN HISTORY AND ECONOMICS

Professor Wantchekon offers a unique perspective on African history and political institutions, being – in his words – a ‘young child from a peasant family in Central Benin who excelled in math......

HOW SHOULD WE MEASURE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT?

Professor Papaioannou started this special lecture with the challenge of presenting a full picture of African economic development using traditional measures based on GDP,...

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The penultimate lecture in the Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, considered the impact of education on social mobility in Africa....

POLITICAL ORGANISATION AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE

Professor Michalopoulos’s lecture reviewed the development of a research agenda over the past few years that has looked at how political institutions shape African economic performance....

CHALLENGING OUR WEIRD PERSPECTIVE ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

A reflective essay on the full lecture series by David Jones, MBA 2022 graduate from London Business School and intern at the Wheeler Institute…