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Based on their academic work, the foundation’s economists frequently intervene in the media. Here is a glimpse of some of this research that has had an impact in the socio-economic debate, as evidenced by media coverage and discussions on social media.


CEPREMAP - Well-being in France - Report 2020

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Since 2016, the CEPREMAP’s Observatory of Well-being has supported research on well-being in France. It brings together researchers working on the measurement of subjective wellness and its determinants, including education, health, social relations, trust and the economic environment... read more

Julien Grenet - What democratization of the “grandes écoles” since the mid-2000s? (January 2021)

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(January 2021) The Institut des politiques publique (IPP) today publishes a report, an associated synthesis and a note on the democratization of the grandes écoles since the mid-2000s. The authors document, as accurately as possible, the evolution of the recruitment of classes préparatoires and grandes écoles since the mid-2000s. The study favours a quantitative approach based on a very rich set of administrative data that has not been systematically exploited to date...read more

Marie-Anne Valfort - Eight policy recommendations to combat discrimination in the labour market

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(July 2020) Regardless of their origin (gender, skin colour, age, disability...), discriminations in the labour market are a scourge: they threaten national cohesion and represent a significant economic cost. In a context where our economy is diving into an unprecedented recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against discrimination seems more necessary than ever... read more

Liam Wren-Lewis - Agriculture : When land registration helps improve agricultural investments and reduce tree cover loss

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(June 2020) To curb deforestation and climate change, public policies could help promote new ways of considering local services produced by forest when individuals, firms and community allocate land across alternative uses. In a recent article, Liam Wren-Lewis (PSE/INRAE), Luis Becerra-Valbuena (PSE/Paris 1), and Kenneth Houngbedji (IRD, DIAL)...
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COVID-19: research work and press pieces

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(June 2020) The health crisis unleashed by the global spread of COVID-19 has created innumerable challenges for countries all around the world. All sectors of society and economy have been shaken, from one day to the next: hospitals and the whole health sector, agriculture and food distribution, transport and trade, industrial and energy production, the sporting and cultural sectors, and financial and insurance agents...read more

Hippolyte d’Albis - Breaking the myths about immigration and its supposedly negative economic impacts

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(April 2020) It is a fact that migration produces various social, cultural and economic effects. Together with Ekrame Boubtane and Dramane Coulibaly, Hippolyte d’Albis (PSE - CNRS) has published various research on this topic. They conclude that, historically, immigration does not represent a charge to public finances, on the contrary, it is an opportunity for growth, employment and the national budget...read more

Lydia Assouad - Understanding the Lebanese protests through the prism of extreme inequalities

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(January 2020) Massive anti-governmental protests erupted in Lebanon last October. They seem partly fueled by a specific economic situation: an extreme concentration of wealth and income, with almost no equivalent in the world. Protesters are calling for an end to the corrupt political system kept in place by an elite that has for decades...read more

Thomas Breda - Too good in reading to study math ?

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(December 2019) The gender differences in mathematics performance in developed countries are small and by themselves do not really explain the significant under-representation of women in maths-related fields. Thomas Breda (CNRS/PSE) and Clotilde Napp (Dauphine) use individual data from 300,000 15 year-old pupils in 64 countries...read more

Pierre-Yves Geoffard - Cannabis: How to take back control?

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(June 2019) "Despite having some of the most repressive policies in Europe, the French, especially French minors, are among the biggest consumers of cannabis in the European Union. The prohibition regime in place in France for 50 years is a failure: not only is it unable to protect the most vulnerable, particularly young people, but it is also a very costly policy that benefits criminal organisations...read more

Jean-François Laslier - The “deliberative” Citizens’ Initiative Referendum

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(February 2019) The Citizens’ Initiative Referendum (Référendum d’initiative citoyenne RIC) responds not only to the legitimate desire of citizens to be consulted more often but also gives them choice in both their answers and the questions. In this sense, it fulfils the dream of a direct democracy recognised in law since the Revolution, but which has always been skilfully constrained, even prevented. There are numerous risks associated with this procedure that must be taken seriously...read more

Antoine Bozio et Thomas Piketty - 1990-2018: Three decades of inequality and redistribution in France

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(September 2018) The World Inequality Lab (1) has published its second thematic Note, in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy (2): “Three decades of inequality and redistribution in France (1990-2018)” This Note, by Antoine Bozio, Bertrand Garbinti, Jonathan Goupille-Lebret, Malka Guillot and Thomas Piketty...read more

Hippolyte d’Albis - Macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries

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(June 2018) - Hippolyte d’Albis, Ekrame Boubtane and Dramane Coulibaly have published in Science Advances the article “Macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries”.These authors rely on an empirical methodology to evaluate the economic and fiscal effects of inflows of asylum seekers, between 1985 and 2015, into 15 Western European countries. Their conclusion is that this inflow does not deteriorate host countries’ economic performance or fiscal balance... read more

Olivier Tercieux – Are allocation algorithms worth saving?

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(June 2018) In recent years, the use of algorithms as decision-making tools has become increasingly widespread in public administration. This is especially true in the national education system, where decisions relating to the management of human resources and the allocation of students to schools are largely made using algorithms... read more

Thomas Breda - Inequality and performances in mathematics by girls and boys

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(March 2018) The gender gaps in average performances in mathematics are close to zero in developed countries. Yet girls remain markedly under-represented in the top 10% of the top pupils. In the OECD countries, there are seven girls for every ten boys who perform strongly in maths.. read more