The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) is a development economics research centre with researchers at the Department of Economics, the Department for International Development, and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. CSAE was established in 1986 and has a long association with St Antony’s College. Its mission is to apply modern research methods to improve economic and social conditions for the poorest societies in the world. Since its establishment, CSAE has become one of the world’s leading research centres in development economics and is also the largest research centre within Oxford’s Economics Department.

The Centre has a strong research reputation, which provides the basis for its increasing involvement in policy debates and other assistance to African government and international organisations. The CSAE annual conference is an internationally renowned event for economists, attracting around 400 delegates, over a third of whom are scholars from African countries. CSAE is home to the Journal of African Economies, which is widely circulated in Africa and which funds the annual Visiting Fellowship Programme that enables African academics to spend a term in Oxford and work with colleagues at the Centre. The Centre also publishes a Working Paper Series, operates a programme of lunchtime seminars, and runs several workshops each year.

CSAE research is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) through the Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme; the International Growth Centre; the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund; and the World Bank.