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I am a Full Professor of Economics at the Université Paris-Saclay (RITM). I am also a Research Fellow of the Paris School of Economics, the CEPREMAP, the IEB, 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
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Urban Economics, Economic Geography, Transport 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.
  • Scientific co-director of the research 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.
  • Policy outreach for VoxEu (see also this column), The Conversation, Telos, PSE (see also this column), CEPREMAP.
  • 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.
  • Co-founder of the “Urban Economics, History, Society” collaborative project, 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: María Zambrano grant to attract international talent awarded by the Spanish government (under the auspices of the University of Barcelona) and funded by the European Union.
  • 2022-2023: Research grant funded by the CEPREMAP to study the impact of Working-From-Home on the geography of firms and workers (co-PI, with Claire Lelarge).
  • 2020-2022: Research grant funded by the “Education Policy and Social Mobility Ardian-PSE-DEPP Chair” to study the impact of place-based policies on education choices (co-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 "Grand Paris Express" metro line (co-PI 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 (co-PI 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” (co-PI with Pierre-Philippe Combes, Thierry Mayer and Elisenda Paluzie).

Selection of working papers and works in progress

  • Garrouste M. and Lafourcade M., 2023, "Place-Based Policies: Opportunity for Deprived Schools or Zone-and-Shame Effect?", Under revision.
  • Duranton G., Gobillon L. and Lafourcade M., "The Effects of High-Speed Transport on French Cities", in progress.
  • Brandily P., Fack G. and Lafourcade M., "The impact of Place-Based Policies on Residents: Evidence from French Individual Panel Data (1990-2014)", in progress.

Selection of peer-reviewed articles

Selection of books and book chapters

The complete list of my scientific production and research activities is available in my CV.