DialogEco

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.
  • Economic dialogues

Longevity, (in)equalities, progressivity: a fresh look at the U.S. tax system

Figures, percentages and graphics illustrate inequalities throughout the world.  But from one place to another, inequalities depict very different situations. How can we study them? The economist Alan Auerbach, professor at the University of California, offers a new approach to the inequalities in developed countries by studying lifetime spending, after taxation and redistribution
Reference: U.S. Inequality and Fiscal Progressivity - An Intragenerational Accounting, by A.J. Auerbach L.J. Kotlikoff, D. Koehler, April 13, 2016, Revised June 5, 2019.
November 06th 2019
  • Lectures

The economy of happiness

Sarah Flèche
November 12th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Public Lecture by Joseph Stiglitz

Invited by AMSE, Joseph Stiglitz held a policy lecture in Marseille, on October 11th. Listen the lecture in full - only in French.
October 25th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Are social transfers another vehicle for women’s empowerment?

Conditional Cash Transfers grant money to poor households with children provided that their members meet certain conditions. A common feature of many CCT programs in Latin America is that payments are targeted to the mother. Could this policy be a way for women to gain autonomy? Marcelo Bergolo and Estefanía Galván find that a CCT program in Uruguay results in women gaining greater responsibility for decisions in specific spheres of household expenditure. On the negative side, however, it has discouraging effects on their formal employment.
Reference: Intra-household Behavioral Responses to Cash Transfer Programs. Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design, Marcelo Bergolo,Estefanía Galván, 2018
October 23rd 2019
  • Lectures

Migrations and labour market

Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Eva Moreno Galbis, Béatrice Mésini, Blanca Moreno-Dodson
October 17th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Blowing the whistle: from dissent to accountability in a democracy

The growing support for whistle-blowers’ right to protection illustrates the challenges facing democracy in its attempt to ensure transparency and accountability. With technology allowing new forms of governance, the scope for secrecy and obfuscation of state power has increased. In the attempt to balance the democratic need for transparency against existential threats to security, whistle-blowing is becoming the new standard for accountability.
Reference: Santoro, D and M. Kumar (2018). A Right to Protection of Whistleblowers. In Archibugi, D and A Emre Benli Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe, 83-121, Routledge, London.
October 09th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

In Zambia, traditional beliefs increase maternal risk

In this little country located in Southern Africa, birth complications are not treated and access to contraception remains difficult. Besides having poor access to medical services, traditional beliefs make pregnant women hide their problems, a silence that increases the already high maternal mortality rate.
Reference: Traditional beliefs and learning about maternal risk in Zambia By N. Ashraf, E. Field, G. Rusconi, A. Voena, R. Ziparo
September 25th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Can the market be ethical?

Combining markets and ethics isn’t easy, and the numerous frauds and scams that intervene at regular intervals don’t help. Should we be looking for more competition to reach efficiency or, on the contrary, seeking market regulation? To respond to this dilemma, economist Marie Claire Villeval uses experimental tools.
Reference: The Nature of Lies in Financial Markets: the Role of Reputation and Competition, C. Tergiman, M.C. Villeval, 2019.
September 11th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Sovereign wealth funds: just a fashion?

The Qatari Sovereign Wealth Fund owns the PSG football team, more than 6 hotels and shares in Lagardère or Total, to name but a few of their assets. That’s enough to attract some concern. However, it’s simply following a world trend since the beginning of the 21st century. More than 45% of existing wealth funds were created between 2000 and 2009. Economists C. Lecourt, J. Amar, and V. Kinon explain what’s behind this “craze”.
Reference: Is the Emergence of New Sovereign Wealth Funds a Fashion Phenomenon, C. LECOURT, J. AMAR, V. KINON, 2017.
August 28th 2019
  • Economic dialogues

Blowing the whistle : a new European agreement

In April 2019, at the insistence of the civil society, the European Parliament enacted a new agreement for better protection of whistle-blowers. This is potentially good news not only for human rights but also in the fight against corruption. This proposal is bound to take the EU a step closer in its fight against corruption and push the member states to move in a similar direction.
Reference: Santoro, D and M. Kumar (2018). A Right to Protection of Whistleblowers. In Archibugi, D and A Emre Benli Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe, 83-121, Routledge, London. 
August 14th 2019