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).
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The Infertility Boom: What Are the Costs to Society?

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to have a baby. In France, one in every eight couples seeks help for a fertility problem. Solutions such as medically assisted reproduction (MAR) do exist, but these treatments can be costly for both individuals and society. Faced with this phenomenon, economists Johanna Etner, Natacha Raffin, and Thomas Seegmuller have sought the best system to reduce the inequalities generated by infertility, which affects individuals in an increasingly random manner.
Reference: Etner, Johanna, Natacha Raffin, and Thomas Seegmuller. 2020. “Reproductive Health, Fairness, and Optimal Policies.” Journal of Public Economic Theory 22 (5): 1213–44.
November 24th 2021
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Microcredit in India: Forging A New Path to School?

For the most impoverished, the various obstacles and pitfalls along the path to school do not always make it a walk in the park. To fight against poverty, many microcredit programs have been set up. One of these, the “Self Help Group” in the state of Jharkhand, India, has been studied by economists Jean-Marie Baland, Timothée Demont, and Rohini Somanathan. After six years of operation, the program has increased school enrollment by 40%. However, it remains ineffective in reducing child labor. These results can further help us understand how microcredit works.
Reference: Baland, Jean-Marie, Timothée Demont, and Rohini Somanathan. 2020. “Child Labor and Schooling Decisions among Self-Help Group Members in Rural India.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 69 (1): 73–105.
November 10th 2021
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Compétences socio-émotionnelles : faut-il avoir une famille nombreuse ?

Qualifications are not everything in the job market. Knowing how to be patient, work in a team, and manage your emotions are all highly valued skills. These so-called non-cognitive or social-emotional skills are developed during a key period in our life: childhood. Economists Simon Briole, Hélène Le Forner, and Anthony Lepinteur reveal in a recent study how sibling size influences the development of social-emotional skills and has the dependent variable of gender.
Reference: Briole, S., Le Forner, H., & Lepinteur, A.,2020, "Children’s socio-emotional skills: Is there a quantity–quality trade-off?", Labour Economics, 64, 101811.
October 27th 2021
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Voting When Conflicted

When you step into a voting booth, you are faced with a choice: who do you vote for? What happens to people who share the ideas of several parties at once? How can these people influence elections? These are the questions that Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde and João V. Ferreira answer in an article that examines how individuals divided between several ideologies can impact elections.
Reference: Bourgeois-Gironde S., Ferreira J. V., 2020, "Conflicted voters: A spatial voting model with multiple party identifications", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 174, 360–379
October 13th 2021
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Collective Decision: Preventing the Worst from Happening

Should we wish for the best or focus on damage control? From deciding who will sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, to choosing a cake for guests, or distributing a budget, the question is always there. Anna Bogomolnaia, Ron Holzman, and Hervé Moulin look at the mechanisms of decision-making and come up with ways to increase the guarantee that the worst will not happen.
Reference: Bogomolnaia A., Holzman R., Moulin H., 2021, "Worst Case in Voting and Bargaining," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 21012, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
September 29th 2021
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Health economics - Interview with Bruno Ventelou

Bruno Ventelou (AMSE/CNRS), a health economist, talks about his research.
September 17th 2021
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Why do most prices rarely change?

Fuel prices are almost constantly changing, whilst prices paid for electrical appliances may remain stable for several months. For most products, prices tend to remain the same over weeks or even months. There is a simple explanation for this: it would be too expensive for companies to perpetually analyse market price changes. This is the conclusion reached by economists Mark N. Harris, Hervé Le Bihan and Patrick Sevestre after analysing the evolution of prices of several hundred industrial product pricess.
Reference: Harris MN, Le Bihan H., Sevestre P., 2020, “Identifying Price Reviews by Firms: An Econometric Approach.” Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 52 (2–3), 293–322.
September 15th 2021
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Prevention is better than ... getting old?

In 2019, public health expenditure in the European Union amounted to 983 billion euros - 7% of GDP on average. According to a study conducted by researchers Yevgeniy Goryakin, Sophie Thiébaut, Sébastien Cortaredona, Aliénor Lerouge, Michele Cecchini, Andrea Feigl, and Bruno Ventelou, health spending will continue to increase steadily, reaching an estimated figure of between 1223 and 1278 billion euros by 2050.
Reference: Goryakin Y., Thiébaut S.P., Cortaredona S., Lerouge M. A., Cecchini M., Feigi A., Ventelou B., 2020, "Assessing the future medical cost burden for the European health systems under alternative exposure-to-risks scenarios", PLOS ONE 15(9)
September 01st 2021
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Summer with Dialogues économiques

Dialogues économiques is taking its summer break and looks forward to seeing you on September 1st ! To keep you waiting until then, the online magazine offers you a selection of articles to (re)read...
July 20th 2021
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Making doubt profitable

In May 2021, a French youtuber revealed on social networks that he had been approached by a communication agency to discredit the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Following his statement, other European influencers report receiving an identical proposal. The deal was that they would put forward a pre-written false argument in exchange for a fee. The aim? Likely to promote another vaccine over the German one. This attempt to cast doubt is reminiscent of how industrialists attempt to manipulate public opinion. Economists Yann Bramoullé and Caroline Orset modelled the cost of firms’ manipulation of scientific facts.
Reference: Bramoullé Y., Orset C., 2018, "Manufacturing doubt", Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 90 (C), 119-133
June 30th 2021