Organised in collaboration with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) of Abidjan and the Econometric Society, the 6th edition of the African Conference of the Econometric Society named “AFES 2021”, closed its doors this Saturday, June 5th, 2021 after three intense days of research activities.
This 2021 edition of the AFES, which took place for the first time in hybrid (online and face-to-face) format with more than 200 participants, had its apotheosis during a panel discussion on the theme: ”Improving pre-secondary education in Africa: key challenges and solutions for human capital development”. This panel, rich both because of the quality of the panelists and the theme addressed, saw the participation of the Minister of Technical Education, Vocational Training and Apprenticeship and the Deputy Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of National Education and Literacy, representing Mrs. Mariatou KONE, alongside Mr. Gilles Fagninou, Secretary of the Executive Board of UNICEF, and academics such as Prof. Mbiti Isaac, from Virginia University (USA) and Prof. Yaw Nyarko from New York University for moderation.
This 2021 edition in Côte d’Ivoire was an opportunity to bring together in the same place great Economists to exchange on issues related to development, education and human capital and which correspond to political debates in many African countries including ours.
It must be said that AFES 2021 saw the participation of renowned researchers such as the 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, the second most influential economist in the world, James Heckman, Manuel Arellano (CEMFI, Madrid), Lisa Cook (Michigan State University), Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University), Kirabo Jackson (Northwestern University), Yaw Nyarko (New York University). Pinelopi Goldberg (Yale University), current President of the Econometric Society, kept all her promises and was well attended by researchers and academics, but also by the quality of the keynote addresses in the field of econometrics. It is part of the scientific activities initiated by the Director of ENSEA, Dr. Hugues KOUADIO, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the institution.
Let us recall that AFES 2021 was preceded by the African Summer School of Econometrics (ASSE), from May 26 to June 2, 2021 and allowed doctoral students and young researchers to build their capacities in the new developments of econometrics both in methodology and practice.
A certificate was awarded to each participant either for participation or for presenting a scientific paper in the 41 parallel sessions. The best paper award was won by Ramaele Moshoeshoe from the University of Lesotho with his paper: Long Term Effects of Free Primary Education on Educational Achievement: Evidence from Lesotho. He won a research stay in the research laboratory of the journal Annals of economics and statistics.
Note that several partners have associated their image to the organization of AFES 2021, namely, the Centre of African Excellence ENSEA in Abidjan, the econometrics company, the research and development institute IRD, ECOWAS, Sah Analytics, Cogitech, Orange CI, Sounther IT Consulting, Annals of economics and statistics and Institut Soumaré.