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I am a Full Professor of Economics at the Université Paris-Saclay (RITM Lab). I am also a Research Fellow of the Paris School of Economics, the CEPREMAP, and the CEPR. My current research interests span the "Economic Geography" and "Urban Economics" fields. I am particularly interested in the effects of transport systems on spatial inequalities and housing prices, the impact of place-based policies on education choices and job opportunities for people living in distressed neighborhoods, or the nexus between pollution, driving, and city-shape.
Full Professor of Economics / Deputy-Director of RITM
Columns for: VoxEu (CEPR’s policy portal aiming at promoting research-based policy analysis); The Conversation.
Scientific co-director of the program “Globalization, Development and Environment” at CEPREMAP (CEntre for Economic REsearch and its APPlications), placed under the aegis of the French Ministry of Research to provide an interface between economic research and public administration.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the “RIEF” (Research in International Economics and Finance) network.
2013-2017: Research grant funded by the “Société du Grand Paris” to study the Labour productivity impact of the agglomeration economies triggered by the Greater Paris metro Express line (with Pierre-Philippe Combes & Laurent Gobillon).
2010-2012: Research grant funded by the French Ministries of Labour and Urban Affairs to evaluate the impact of the French Enterprise Zones urban program (with Anthony Briant & Benoît Schmutz).
2005-2008: Research grant funded by the PREDIT to study “The impact of Borders, Migrations & Business Networks on French Trade” (with Pierre-Philippe Combes, Thierry Mayer & Elisenda Paluzie).
Lafourcade M. and J.-F. Thisse, 2011, “New Economic Geography: The Role of Transport Costs”. In A. de Palma, R. Lindsay, E. Quinet and R. Vickerman (dir.) Handbook of Transport Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham.