Professor in economics at University Paris-Saclay (RITM Lab), and also research fellow at the Paris School of Economics and the CEPR. My current research interests include: the effects of transport systems on spatial inequalities and housing prices, the impact of place-based policies on the education and job opportunities of people living in distressed urban neighborhoods, or the nexus between pollution, driving and city shape.
Professor of economics
Faculté Jean Monnet
54, Boulevard Desgranges
Phone: 01 40 91 18 43
Fields of Research
Economic Geography, Regional and Urban Economics
University and Community Service
- Deputy Head of the RITM research center in Economics and Management sciences at University Paris-Saclay
- Board Member of the RITM research center in Economics and Management sciences at University Paris-Saclay
- President of the “CCSU” committee in charge of Economics and Management sciences at University Paris-Saclay
- Advisor for applicants to the French “HDR” diploma in Economics at University Paris-Saclay
- Principles of Economics, 1st year undergraduate students in Economics and Management (e-learning), University Paris-Saclay
- Regional Economics, 3rd year undergraduate students in Applied Economics (also e-learning), University Paris-Saclay
- Economic geography & Urban Economics, 2nd year Master program in Economics, University Paris-Saclay
- 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 “Research in International Economics and Finance” network.
- Co-organizer of the Regional and Urban Economics Seminar (RUES)
- 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 (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)
- 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.