At the interface between academic research and society, AMSE disseminates economic knowledge and culture to a public audience.
DialogEco Department implements outreach projects, develops tools to support analysis. It takes part in the public debate.
The online media, Dialogues Économiques, provides insights into societal issues and facilitate economic thinking through AMSE’s research papers published in international academic journals.
  • Dialogues économiques

Let’s (De)Centralize Public Goods!

Should we favor large metropolises over small communities? According to standard economic theory, the answer is yes, since centralizing helps reduce expenses. However, when public authorities lack some of the relevant information, opting for a federal structure that allows redistribution between many small towns may be the way to go. Researchers Nicolas Gravel and Michel Poitevin demonstrate this by studying the distribution of public and private goods in both federal and centralized structures.
Reference: Gravel N., Poitevin M., 2019, "Optimal provision of a public good with costly exclusion," Games and Economic Behavior, 117(C), 451-460
September 16th 2020
  • Press / expertise

French version of Carl Menger's "Principles of Economics"

First complete edition of a major works of contemporary economics. Translated from german (Austria) and edited by Gilles Campagnolo.
September 15th 2020
  • Dialogues économiques

Rental and eviction: a question of social connections?

Renting an apartment is not always an easy task. Between providing the numerous necessary documents and navigating a competitive rental market, finding a home sometimes becomes a matter of social connections and knowing the right person. It is possible that this problem is linked to the cumbersome legal proceedings necessary for eviction in the case of non-payment of rent by tenants. Eviction procedures can be long and extremely costly, particularly in countries where people have strong ties with family and friends, such as in southern Europe. This correlation is subject to analysis by Antoine Bonleu.
Reference: Bonleu A., 2019, "Procedural Formalism and Social Networks in the Housing Market," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, 133, 25-56
September 02nd 2020
  • Tribune

Philippe Mongin, philosopher of economics

An op-ed article written by Daniel Andler, Marc Fleurbaey and Alain Trannoy published in Le Monde newspaper.
August 26th 2020
  • Dialogues économiques

Uniting Economic Prosperity and Ethnic Inclusion in Africa

With more than 2,000 different ethnic groups in Africa, the cultural diversity of the continent is often faced with political fragmentation and development challenges. Does ethnic inclusion always guarantee economic growth? By studying 41 African states, economists Pierre Pecher and Frédéric Gaspart have demonstrated that ethnic inclusion has a positive effect on the GDP when stable, democratic institutions are in place.
August 05th 2020
  • Dialogues économiques

Canada's Mission: reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions have been a major topic of conversation both nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. Why is it so difficult to find common ground on the subject? One of the reasons is that reducing greenhouse gases by any level could lead to significant damage on both employment and society. Economists Julien Hanoteau and David Talbot demonstrate this by studying Quebec’s carbon market.
Reference: Hanoteau J., Talbot D., 2019, "Impacts of the Québec carbon emissions trading scheme on plant-level performance and employment", Carbon Management, 10 (3), 287-298
August 19th 2020
  • Dialogues économiques

The Schoolbag Revolution: Educating for Democracy

Are the foundations of democracy always laid in the midst of civil disobedience? Most democratic transitions in the last century have not, in fact, been the result of a peoples’ revolt. When it is in their own interests, authoritarian elites have been known to cede power without witnessing an insurrection. The economists Raouf Boucekkine, Paolo G. Piacquadio and Fabien Prieur interrogate the conditions necessary for peaceful transfer of power, by highlighting how education can lay fertile ground for the seeds of democracy.
Reference: Boucekkine R., Piacquadio P. G., Prieur F., 2019, "A Lipsetian theory of voluntary power handover," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 168(C), 269-291
July 22nd 2020
  • Press / expertise

What is the impact of public research decision on innovation in France?

Researcher Raouf Boucekkine (AMU/AMSE) is coordinating a study for the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (article in French only)
July 16th 2020
  • Dialogues économiques

The Value of Coralligenous Habitats

What do we know about nature? Not a whole lot. According to estimates from the French National Museum of Natural History, we have identified between 1% and 10% of the species on Earth. Marine ecosystems have been greatly damaged from being exploited for our wants and needs, though we still know very little about them and the role they play. Whether it is for biology or economics, we should be diving deep into how these habitats are important on both a large and small scale. This is what Laure Thierry de Ville d’Avray, Dominique Ami, Anne Chenuil, Romain David, and Jean-Pierre Féral have demonstrated by studying a little-known Mediterranean habitat known as ‘coralligene.’
Reference: Thierry de Ville d’Avray L., Ami D., Chenuil A., David R., Féral J-P., 2019, « Application of the ecosystem service concept at a small scale : The case of coralligenous habitats in the North-western Mediterranean Sea », Marine Pollution Bulletin, 138, 160
July 08th 2020
  • Press / expertise

Policy Brief : "Vulnerables" to Covid-19

Aix-Marseille School of Economics contributed to the report published by the OFCE and Collège des Economistes de la Santé. Article only in French
June 30th 2020