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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
Professeur
Economics

Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Economics

Principles of Economics, 1st year Bachelor's degree in Economics and Management, University Paris-Saclay.

Economic Geography, 3rd-year Bachelor's degree in Applied Economics, University Paris-Saclay.

Urban and Regional Economics, 2nd year Master program of Economics, University Paris-Saclay.

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T(erritoires), M(ondialisation)
Membre actuel

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.
Co-organizer of the “RUES” (Regional and Urban Economics Seminar), Paris School of Economics.

Researcher associated with the “Urban New Deal Chair”, Paris School of Economics.

2023-2027: Research grant funded by the French National Research Agency “Urban Neighborhoods and Economic Opportunities” (ANR URBOPP, co-PI with Gabrielle Fack).

2022-2023: Research grant funded by the CEPREMAP to study the impact of Working-From-Home on the geography of firms and workers (PI, with Claire Lelarge).

2020-2022: Research grant funded by the “Education Policy and Social Mobility Chair” to study the impact of place-based policies on education choices (PI, with Manon Garrouste).

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 and Benoît Schmutz).

2005-2008: Research grant funded by the PREDIT to study “The impact of Borders, Migrations and Business Networks on French Trade” (with Pierre-Philippe Combes, Thierry Mayer and Elisenda Paluzie).

Deputy/Interim Head of the RITM research centre in Economics & Management sciences, University Paris-Saclay.

Board Member of the RITM research centre in Economics & Management sciences, University Paris-Saclay.

President of the “CCUPS” carrier committee for Economics & Management sciences, University Paris-Saclay.

Advisor for applicants to the French “HDR” diploma in Economics, University Paris-Saclay.

Selection of peer-reviewed international publications

Blaudin de Thé C., B. Carantino and M. Lafourcade, 2021, “The Carbon ‘Carprint’ of Urbanization: New Evidence from French Cities”, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 89, 103693.

Briant A., M. Lafourcade and B. Schmutz, 2015, “Can Tax Breaks Beat Geography? Lessons from the French Enterprise Zone Experience”. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7(2), 88-124.

Briant A., Combes P.-P. and M. Lafourcade, 2014, “Product complexity, Quality of Institutions and the Pro-Trade Effect of Immigrants”. The World Economy, 37(1), 63-85.

Combes P.-P. and M. Lafourcade, 2011, “Competition, Market Access and Economic Geography: Structural Estimation and Predictions for France”. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 41(6), 508-524.

Combes P.-P., M. Lafourcade, J.-F. Thisse and J.-C. Toutain, 2011, “The Rise and Fall of Spatial Inequalities in France : A Long-Run Perspective”. Explorations in Economic History, 48, 243-271.

Lafourcade M. and E. Paluzie, 2011, “European Integration, FDI and the Geography of French Trade”. Regional Studies, 45(4), 419-439.

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.

Briant A., Combes P.-P. and M. Lafourcade, 2010, “Dots to boxes: Do the Size and Shape of Spatial Units Jeopardize Economic Geography Estimations?”. Journal of Urban Economics, 67(3), 287-302.

Lafourcade M. and G. Mion, 2007, “Concentration, Agglomeration and the Size of Plants”. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 37(1), 46-68.

Combes P.-P. and M. Lafourcade, 2005, “Transport Costs: Measures, Determinants and Regional Policy Implications for France”. Journal of Economic Geography, 5(3), 319-349.

Combes P.-P., M. Lafourcade and T. Mayer, 2005, “The Trade Creating Effects of Business and Social Networks: Evidence from France”. Journal of International Economics, 66(1), 1-29.