At the interface between academic research and society, AMSE disseminates economic knowledge to non-academic audiences by:
- making the results of research accessible to everyone through its digital journal, Dialogues économiques, which publishes articles, videos and infographics,
- organizing outreach events (conferences, festivals, exhibitions),
- supporting researchers to contributing to the public debate (journalistic writing, press relations).
  • Dialogues économiques

Rich minorities: an ideal scapegoat for autocracies

Wealthy ethnic minorities have a double advantage for autocracies: they are important for the economy and make perfect scapegoats for popular anger. This is a useful phenomenon for deflecting resentment against local authorities and delaying regime change.
Reference: Bramoullé Y., Morault P., 2021, 'Violence against Rich Ethnic Minorities : A Theory of Instrumental Scapegoating", Economica, 88(351), 724‑754.
March 14th 2023
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How to Reduce Income Inequalities Among different individuals?

Between age, social status, health, and education, we are not all equal when it comes to our income! However, even as equality becomes a major focus of study, most research concentrates on income disparities within homogeneous populations. In 2021, the economists Mathieu Faure and Nicolas Gravel developed a new way to measure inequality by looking at the differences between individuals. This small revolution can play a large role in the fight against the many faces of inequality.
Reference: Faure M., Gravel N., 2021. “Reducing Inequalities Among Unequals”, International Economic Review 62 (1) 357–404.
March 01st 2023
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In Europe everything is shared, even risk

Following the Covid-19 epidemic, the European economy has once more been shaken by the arrival of war in Ukraine. How can these ‘asymmetric’ shocks, affecting member states in different ways, be managed? Economists Gilles Dufrénot, Jean-Baptiste Gossé et Caroline Clerc argue the case for financial integration. Financial markets can reduce the adverse effects of financial crises by sharing the risk across European economies.
Reference: Dufrénot G., Gossé J.-B., Clerc C., 2021, “Risk Sharing in Europe: New Empirical Evidence on the Capital Markets Channel”, Applied Economics, 53 (2), 262–76.
February 15th 2023
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Pension policy, a lever for ecology?

While the reform of pensions and the reform of the ecological transition are being approached by the French government as two distinct issues, they could be more linked than it might seem. Economists Armel Ngami and Thomas Seegmuller look at the effect of a pay-as-you-go pension system, taking into account the evolution of capital and pollution, as well as the effectiveness of health and environmental policies.
Reference: Leonor M., Nourry C. , Seegmuller T., Venditti A. 2021. “Growth and Instability in a Small Open Economy with Debt.” Mathematical Social Sciences, Advances in growth and macroeconomic stability, 112 (Suppl C): 26–37.
February 01st 2023
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Grandes écoles : 80 fois plus de chances d’admission quand on est enfant d’ancien diplômé

Only in French | In The Conversation, Stéphane Benveniste (INED / AMSE) talks about the chances of admission to French Grandes Ecoles... much higher for the children of former graduates.
January 25th 2023
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Are Artesian Aquifers an Endless Source of Water?

What do the Sahara Desert and Paris’ 16th arrondissement have in common? Both are located above a somewhat unusual water table: when you dig a hole in it, the water gushes out all on its own! The economists Hubert Stahn and Agnes Tomini examine this astonishing geological phenomenon in which the number of open wells does not impact the quantity of water in the water table, but rather the pressure that compresses its volume.
Reference: Stahn, H., & Tomini, A. (2016). On the environmental efficiency of water storage: The case of a conjunctive use of ground and rainwater. Environmental Modeling and Assessment, vol.21, 691–706.
January 04th 2023
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Knowledge: Another Way to Protect Nature

To what point does visiting a natural habitat modify the importance we give it? Does the value we give a place increase if, with each visit, we have a better academic and personal understanding of it? To respond to these questions, the researchers M. Maki Sy, H. Rey-Valette, C. Figuières, M. Simier, and R. de Wit examined the Palavas lagoons complex near Montpellier, France. The result of their study is undeniable: in most cases, an individual’s familiarity with a habitat changes his preferences. Scientific understanding also changes an individual’s preferences, but in a different way. Let’s discover how!
Reference: Sy, M. M., Rey-Valette, H., Figuières, C., Simier, M., & De Wit, R. (2021). The impact of academic information supply and familiarity on preferences for ecosystem services. Ecological Economics, vol.183,59-69
December 14th 2022
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Embedding the economy into society

Social norms and interactions lie at the heart of our existence as humans, impacting all aspects of our lives. This makes made them a factor to be considered in many sciences. Yet, many economic models , trivialise them or even neglect them, in contrast to how the real world works. Therefore, three economists, Marc Fleurbaey, Ravi Kanbur, and Dennis Snower, are trying to change this perspective and bring the economy into a wider social game.
Reference: Fleurbaey, Marc and Kanbur, Ravi and Snower, Dennis, Efficiency and Equity in a Socially Embedded Economy (August 7, 2021).
November 30th 2022
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Are All Patients Equal in front of Precision Medicine?

Finding the right treatment for each patient is the very foundation of Healthcare. If we push this principle to the extreme, precision medicine is one of the best ways to fight cancer.
Reference: Bardey D., Kembou S., Ventelou B., 2021., “Physicians’ Incentives to Adopt Personalised Medicine: Experimental Evidence.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization ,191, 686–713.
November 16th 2022
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Security: Who Benefits from the Fight Against Crime?

In the fight against crime, private and public actors in security and protection work hand in hand. What good would a security camera do if it were not connected to a local police station? Are the police more useful to people who have cameras? The researchers Tanguy van Ypersele, Steeve Mongrain, Joanne Roberts, and Ross Hickey came up with a model that analyzes the link between public and private security.
Reference: Hickey, Ross, Steeve Mongrain, Joanne Roberts, and Tanguy van Ypersele. 2021. “Private Protection and Public Policing.” Journal of Public Economic Theory 23 (1): 5–28.
October 31st 2022