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

Single Property Tax: One tax “to rule them all”

What kinds of taxes on real estate exist in France? There are five main ones—not counting the country’s housing tax, which should disappear by 2023. Between annual taxes and lump-sum taxes, it is hard to keep track of exactly how much we pay over the course of our lives. To alleviate this problem, economists Guillaume Bérard and Alain Trannoy propose a radical tax reform to replace these various taxes with a single property tax.
Reference: Bérard G., Trannoy A., 2019, "Un impôt immobilier tout en un : rendement, progressivité et faisabilité," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, 0(1), 177-224.
March 17th 2021
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How the Mental Load for Women is Twofold

Let’s say that a woman spends more time at work than her partner. Where’s the problem in that? In any case, it’s a rare occurrence—and for good reason. According to a study by Sarah Flèche, Anthony Lepinteur, and Nattavudh Powdthavee, the unequal distribution of domestic tasks often takes a toll on a woman's professional life. This study demonstrates how this mental load (which the majority of women still bear today) prevents them from being able to equally juggle their professional and family life and also harms their well-being.
Reference: Fleche S, Lepinteur A., Powdthavee N., 2018, "Gender Norms and Relative Working Hours: Why Do Women Suffer More Than Men from Working Longer Hours Than Their Partners?" AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108, 163-68.
March 04th 2021
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Towards universal health coverage in developing countries

The aim of universal health coverage is the provision of healthcare for all. Universal health coverage – in its essence, a deeply humanitarian initiative - is difficult to implement, because of its high cost to the public finance. At present in Palestine, more than half of the population is already covered, but what would it cost to extend coverage to every one of the country's inhabitants? How should such a policy be financed? Economists Mohammad Abu-Zaineh, Sameera Awawda and Bruno Ventelou have conducted a study of the issue.
Reference: Awawda S. , Mohammad Abu-Zaineh M., Ventelou B., 2019, "The quest to expand the coverage of public health insurance in the occupied Palestinian territory: an assessment of feasibility and sustainability using a simulation modelling framework", The Lancet,
February 17th 2021
  • Expertise

Will the European Economic Recovery Plan be effective?

The 20th Report of the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) "Beyond the Coronavirus Crisis: Investing for a Viable Future" recently published, focuses on the economic recovery plan "Next Generation EU" (NGEU) adopted by the European Parliament on February 10th. But will this recovery plan be able to effectively repair the economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis ? Cecilia García-Peñalosa, Professor at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics is one of the seven international authors.
February 11th 2021
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Tracking the pandemic dynamics

A team of researchers from Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone is tracking the dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic in real time, useful for public decision-making.
February 08th 2021
  • Expertise

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in a representative working-age population in France: a survey experiment based on vaccine characteristics

Around one in three working-age adults (29%) surveyed in France in July 2020 would refuse any COVID-19 vaccine fond a team of researcher including Stéphane Luchini (CNRS, AMSE). This study was published in The Lancet Public Health the 5th February 2021.
Reference: Michaël Schwarzinger M., Watson V., Arwidson P., Alla F., Luchini S., 2021, "COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in a representative working-age population in France: a survey experiment based on vaccine characteristics", The Lancet Public Health, vol.6(4), 210-22
February 05th 2021
  • Dialogues économiques

Rising Property Prices – Reason for Businesses to Celebrate?

When real estate prices rise, it influences business investment. For large-scale property owners, this is something to celebrate, and investment increases. For those whose activities are smaller in scale, the outlook dims as investments decline. In their studies, Denis Fougère, Rémy Lecat, and Simon Ray are focusing on financial frictions with relation to property investments.
Reference: Fougère D., Lecat R., Ray S., 2019, "Real Estate Prices and Corporate Investment: Theory and Evidence of Heterogeneous Effects across Firms", Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 51(6), 1503-1546
February 03rd 2021
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Students Loans: Running into Debt? Speculative bubbles, Part II.

In the United States, student debt is skyrocketing, and young people are saddled with surging interest rates on their loans. It is not uncommon for Americans to start their career already $100,000 in debt. However, an investment in human capital (education) is, in theory, a productive investment. Economists Xavier Raurich and Thomas Seegmuller demonstrate this by analyzing how the speculative bubbles individuals use to finance their studies or raise children are, in the end, good for growth.
Reference: Raurich X., Seegmuller T., 2019, "Growth and bubbles: Investing in human capital versus having children," Journal of Mathematical Economics, 82(C), 150-159.
January 21st 2021
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When Bubbles Inflate Growth. Speculative Bubbles, Part I.

Speculative bubbles are good for growth! This observation led to major debates among economists in the 2000s. Researchers Xavier Raurich and Thomas Seegmuller sought to explain this phenomenon by studying how economic agents make investment decisions during the periods of their life as young adults, middle-aged adults, and retirees. Young people can therefore invest in their education, which is a productive but illiquid capital, through credits from the bubble (liquid assets stemming from speculative capital).
Reference: Raurich X., Seegmuller T., 2019, "On the interplay between speculative bubbles and productive investment," European Economic Review, 111 (C), 400-420.
January 06th 2021
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Can we improve competitiveness at any cost?

What is the common feature between global imbalances, the Crédit d’Impôt pour la Compétitivité et l’Emploi (CICE), and Donald Trump's tweets against China? Competitiveness! This concept has been at the heart of political discourse since the European debt crisis in 2010, leading to much scrutiny of its performance and praise of its growth. So, when it comes to reforms aimed at increasing competitiveness, economists Lise Patureau and Céline Poilly point out the importance of considering the impact of corporate markup.
Reference: Patureau L., Poilly C., 2019, "Reforms and the real exchange rate: The role of pricing-to-market," Journal of International Economics, 119(C), 150-168.
December 09th 2020