Author Archives: Matthew Collin

Property rights in diverse places: lessons from Dar es Salaam

  Last year, while wandering around a slum in Dar es Salaam with a colleague,  I happened upon a local landowner who was visibly displeased with how his plot had been demarcated in a recent large-scale land survey. A few … Continue reading

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The 2012 CSAE Conference

The 2012 CSAE Conference begins tomorrow at St. Catherine’s College, here in Oxford. The conference is probably the largest annual gathering of economists working on Africa. There will be an impressive array of speakers at the conference, including Stefan Dercon, … Continue reading

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The price of crossing a border

Crossing a national border in East Africa can be a ponderous, aggravating affair. I experienced this firsthand a few years ago while attempting to temporarily bring a car into Tanzania from Malawi. The process took several hours and involved a never-ending amount of … Continue reading

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Babatunde Fashola and the return of public goods

Babatunde Fashola, the governor of the state of Lagos, recently came to speak at the Rhode’s House in Oxford for the Oxford Research Network on Governance (you can watch or listen to that talk at the Democracy in Africa blog). … Continue reading

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Introducing the CSAE Blog

Welcome to the first post on the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) blog. This is our first foray into the blogosphere, and while my job with this preliminary post should be to entice you to keep an … Continue reading

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