Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy

About us

Created in 2004 by Princeton University Professor Leonard Wantchékon, IERPE is the research center of the African School of Economics (ASE). IERPE is a non-profit institution working in the fields of empirical research. We aim to contribute to the development of public policy and achieving sustainable development in Africa. Our mission is to promote statistical data and make it more accessible as a tool to aid development policy- and decision-making. In order to reach our goals, IERPE has designed three research programs:

-    Political economy and governance
-    Human development
-    Infrastructure and rural development

IERPE and Afrobarometer  

IERPE is an Afrobarometer core partner, providing technical assistance and support for the network’s francophone countries. We also organise summer schools for national partners to develop their statistical analysis skills.

As the national partner for Benin, we collect and disseminate information on citizens’ views on democracy, governance, economic reform, civil society, and the quality of life.

The team

The IERPE Core Partner team consists of:

Leonard Wantchékon: Founder of IERPE, President of ASE
Markus Olapade: Project Director
Richard Houessou: Program Manager
Victor Emmanuel Ekwa: Communications Coordinator
Ernest Yao Agbekponou - Translato