Building your identity on a minefield

Dialogues économiques
Can mining influence the way in which we identify ourselves? According to economists Nicolas Berman, Mathieu Couttenier and Victoire Girard, mining in Africa may intensify feelings of ethnic belonging, by generating feelings of deprivation among the local population. Mining could therefore help explain ethnic fragmentation and certain conflicts observed in Sub-Saharan Africa.
June 05th 2024

Previously issued

  • Interview

« Travestir les chiffres est la marque de fabrique des populistes »

Only in French | An interview of Alain Trannoy (EHESS/AMSE) published by Le Point.
June 21st 2024
  • Dialogues économiques

At what cost? Calculating the impact of climate change – today and tomorrow

Mostly unknown outside academic circles, the social discount rate (SDR) is vital for understanding the value of infrastructure investments far into the future. But if that’s especially relevant in a world threatened by climate change, governments and economists have long argued exactly what discount rate to use, or if a fixed rate is even necessary. Economists Christian Gollier, Frederick van der Ploeg and Jiakun Zheng recently developed a major survey to gauge opinion on the SDR across their profession. Between the theoretical importance of project-specific discount rates, and a reluctance to tweak rates in practice, their findings are worth exploring – especially once you consider the need to expand the debate beyond economics.
June 19th 2024
  • Op-Ed

Les bénéfices écologiques d'une économie punitive

Only in French - Op-ed article by Alain Trannoy (EHESS / AMSE) published by Les Echos
May 30th 2024