Miren Lafourcade

Miren Lafourcade


Professor of economics

Faculté Jean Monnet
54, Boulevard Desgranges
92330 SCEAUX

Office: A102

Phone: 01 40 91 18 43

Miren Lafourcade's personal website

Professor in Economics at University Paris-Saclay (RITM, University Paris-Sud), research fellow at the Paris School of Economics and CEPR. My current research interests include: the effects of transport systems on spatial inequalities and housing prices, the impact of urban policies on distressed neighborhoods and education choices or the nexus between pollution, driving and urban structure.

Fields of Research

Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Economics

University and Community Service


Research Dissemination

  • 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 French National Council for Sustainable Development, whose main mission is to help elaborating Ministerial policies by placing them in the context of the best scientific research, evaluation methods and policy instruments.
  • Member of the scientific committee in charge of following the controlled experiment “Emplois francs” designed by the French Ministries of Labour and Urban affairs to promote the recruitment of people residing in distressed urban neighborhoods.

Research Grants

  • 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”.
  • 2010-2012: Research grant funded by the French Ministries of Labour (DARES) and Urban Affairs (SG-CIV) to evaluate the impact of the French Enterprise Zones urban program.
  • 2005-2008: Research grant funded by the PREDIT to study “The impact of Borders, Migrations & Business Networks on French Trade”.


Selected publications (since 2005)

  • Lafourcade M. and F. Mayneris, 2017, En finir avec les ghettos urbains ? Retour sur l’expérience des zones franches urbaines. Ed. ENS Rue d’Ulm, Opuscule CEPREMAP n°44, 136p.
  • 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.