Leonard Wantchekon: The Founder of the ASE elevated to the rank of doctor honoris causa at Laval University
17th Dec, 202104:03:39 AM GMT
The University of Laval has awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics to the President of the African School of Economics (ASE). A distinction which tops the numerous work of research, particularly the recipient’s commitment to the spread of knowledge through the establishment of the African School of Economics (ASE).
Professor Leonard Wantchekon has been honored by the prestigious University of Laval. The Beninese economist, professor at Princeton University, received his parchment on November 23, 2021 in front of colleagues, students and parents. During the ceremony chaired by the Pastor of Laval, Ms. Sophie D’Amours stated the scientific committee’s reasons to present the award this honorary title to Professor Wantchekon. One of the reasons is the dedication of the Beninese economist, which began in 2013 when joining the Econometrics society and the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2018. The participation in these prestigious committees have allowed Professor Wantchekon to demonstrate his commitment to civil society.
In addition to these accomplishments is the extensive research he has conducted. His research is centered around political economy, economic history and economic development. Professor Wantchekon has over 150 publications in popular scientific journals. In his work, Professor Wantchekon discusses political, social and economic phenomena such as political patronage or slavery through mathematical and statistical models. His work has appeared in major journals around the world and has earned him a place in prestigious econometric societies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This honorary doctorate pays tribute to Professor Wantchekon for his commitment to the spread of knowledge through the establishment of the African School of Economics (ASE), an university located in Abomey-Calavi, Benin, Abuja, Lagos and New York, USA.
Remarks from Professor Wantchekon
Presented with this honorary distinction, the President of the African School of Economics did not hide his emotions. Professor Wantchekon shared his thanks to his wife, children, parents and relatives for supporting him. His gratitude was extended to current and past officials of the University of Laval. Looking back at this career, the recipient emphasized his thanks to the heads of economics departments who allowed him to enroll in a Master’s degree without a Bachelor’s degree. Professor Wantchekon was also thankful for the rigorous programs at the University of Laval.
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