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

I am Professor of economics at University Paris-Saclay (RITM Lab), and also a research fellow of the Paris School of Economics and the CEPR. My current research interests span over the “Economic Geography” and “Urban economics” fields. I am more 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.

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 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.

Research Grants

  • 2020-2021: Research grant funded by the “Education Policy and Social Mobility Ardian Foundation – DEPP – PSE” to study the impact of place-based urban policy zonings on education choices.
  • 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 and Urban Affairs 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”.


  • 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.