Michael Chanda Chiseni

Michael Chanda Chiseni

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My primary research interest is in understanding how historical events affect long-run development . Most of the scholarship that has examined the impact of historical events on development in Sub-Saharan Africa  has invoked the differences in institutions based on the broader colonial power identities, i.e., French and British Africa. However, this kind of analysis does not capture the influence and effect of other colonial actors, such as the privately-owned companies in the colonies and the various missionaries on post-colonial development divergencies. Fundamentally, my research focuses on understanding how the presence of other colonial actors influenced Africa’s long-run development. To achieve this, firstly, I build historical databases to understand the synchronic impacts of the various actors on historical development in Africa. Secondly, to understand the impact of these colonial actors on long-run development, I amalgamate historical data with various contemporary micro-level data sets.

In my recent work, I analyzed the long-term impacts of Christian missionary exposure on education and health in Zambia.


Graduate Courses: Advanced Analysis of Economic Change

Undergraduate Courses: Development Theories and Financial Economics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Free keywords

  • Historical demography
  • African Economic History
  • Long-term Economic Development
  • Education and Development
  • Health economics
  • Labor economics
  • Africa
  • Development economics
  • Poverty and Inequality


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