Situated between research and society, the EconDialog department works along 4 axes: knowledge sharing, the creation of instruments to help non-specialists understand current developments, public debates, and training. It operates via expertise provided to organisations and public bodies, lectures and forthcoming digital animation films.
Its review « Economic Dialogues », brings tools to understand economic mechanisms offering knowledge as a common good accessible to everyone. It is in partnership with the UCL review Regards économiques.
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Economic dialogues journal is beginning in January 2019. It publishes articles, related or not with current events, to a wide audience.
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Influence network between ministers and municipalities

Appointing a minister increases by 45% the investment grants allocated to the municipality in which he or she has held a local mandate. This gift – valued at 30 million euros per year !- illustrates the importance of the relationships ministers build over the course of their political careers. Brice Fabre and Marc Sangnier shed light on the reasons for such generosity.
January 30th 2019
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The State’s role in optimal schooling, as related to age-structure and longevity

A study conducted by Bonneuil and Boucekkine underlines how the State can influence education in line with demographic transition. As life expectancy increases, the State can increase school life expectancy to maximize citizens’ well-being.
January 16th 2019
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Is power of veto vital to international cooperation?

The UN Security Council has been the subject of wide-ranging debate about whether it should open its doors to other permanent members. Many countries wish to join this select group to gain the power of veto that goes along with membership. Because of the inequalities it introduces and its ability to obstruct negotiations, veto power has been a tricky issue so far. Yet it may also be vital to international cooperation, to counteract the existing balance of power between nations.
January 15th 2019
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Decarbonizing the economy: from ambition to action

Public meeting by Alain Quinet, chairman of the commission on the shadow value of carbon, and Aude Pommeret, economist, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
January 11th 2020
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Protests and trust in the state: Evidence from African countries

Protesting is one type of social movement that can be used as a democratic way of expressing grievances. However, a demonstration also draws other citizens’ attention to government policy. Thus, protests can make people distrustful of the head of state and the monitoring institutions that are supposed to exercise control. Marc Sangnier and Yanos Zylberberg take us to Africa, where they study the influence demonstrators can have on the population as a whole.
January 17th 2019
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Once upon a time in the Wild West : The Good, the Bad and the State

Talking about the Gold Rush and the Wild West immediately conjures up fortune seekers and anarchy, but certainly not economic analysis. Yet economists have demonstrated how the presence of state institutions significantly reduced criminality in these areas, both back then and ever since, using data on mining in the Great American West. But what about the violence prevalent in states (or regions) before state institutions were established to ensure some form of property rights regulation?
January 15th 2019
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Euro system monetary policy since 2008

A public meeting by Seppo Honkapohja, Aalto University School of Business, former Board member Bank of Finland
October 16th 2018
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A new wind blows through China: addressing pollution’s economic effects

When an economy breathes polluted air, its lungs get damaged. China has become asthmatic by running too fast. The population has gone into atrophy, intoxicated by economic growth: producing often pollutes. Natacha Raffin and Thomas Seegmuller explain what China is going through: the contamination is affecting longevity, economic stability, and welfare, all at the same time. They provide answers that could help avoid asphyxiation.
February 13th 2019