Professor in Economics at the 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 costs on spatial inequalities, the impact of urban policies on distressed neighborhoods, the relationship between pollution, driving and the urban form.
Professor in 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
- Head of the Economics Department, University Paris-Sud
- Advisor for candidates to the “HDR” diploma in economics and management sciences at University Paris-Sud
- Member of the Scientific & Administration Boards, Faculty of Law, Management & Economics
- Member of the Teaching & Advisory Boards of the Master in Economics, University Paris-Saclay
- Chair of Recruitment Committees for Economists at Ecole Normale Supérieure (2015), University Paris-Sud (2010, 2011, 2013) & University of Valenciennes (2007)
- Member of Recruitment, Promotion & Tenure Committees for Economists at Universities of Evry (2004, 2005, 2006), Lille (2011, 2012, 2013), Montpellier (2010), Paris-Est (2014), Paris-Ouest (2015), Paris-Sud (2012, 2014, 2015), Rouen (2014) & Strasbourg (2016)
- Co-organizer of the Regional and Urban Economics Seminar, Paris School of Economics
- Member of the Scientific Committee, “Research in International Economics and Finance” network
- Principles of Economics, 1st year undergraduate students in Economics and Management (and e-learning), University Paris-Sud
- Regional Economics, 3rd year undergraduate students in Applied Economics and 1st year Master program in Innovation & Business (and e-learning), University Paris-Sud
- Economic geography & Urban Economics, 2nd year Master program in Economics, Université Paris-Saclay
- Scientific co-director of the program “International Trade and Development” 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.
- Scientific manager of a Chair funded by the French Ministry of Sustainable Development, aimed at promoting scientific collaborations between the PSE research fellows and Ministry officials in the fields of Regional and Urban Economics, Environmental and Energy Economics, and Public Policy Evaluations.
- 2013-2016: Research grant funded by the Société du Grand Paris to study the “Labour productivity impact of the agglomeration economies triggered by the Greater Paris 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)
- 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.