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The Public Policies and Spatial Economics research group works on the spatial distribution of economic activities, its consequences for the design of public policies and the impact of these policies on social welfare.
Public policies that are investigated include taxation, innovation, research and development, housing, employment, health and environment. A distinctive feature of our research is to emphasize the role of the spatial dimension in the analysis of these policies. The spatial analysis covers various scales, from the infra-urban scale (with the study of urban segregation and urban sprawl) to the international scale (with the analysis of intergovernmental competition).
The analytical methods are both theoretical and empirical. On the empirical side, applied econometrics is used with survey data collected by official bodies (Surveys on Housing, R & D, Innovation, public data from the Local Government Branch, etc.), or by the researchers themselves. On the theoretical side, the spatial dimension is addressed through the development of models of cooperation networks, urban economics or international trade.
The Public Policies and Spatial Economics research group is involved in the creation of the European Monitoring Centre for Localized Data on Innovation (EuroLIO), led by Corinne Autant-Bernard. EuroLIO’s mission is to facilitate the interactions between researchers, policy makers and data producers. It produces and disseminates information on localized innovation, with a goal of assisting local government decision making.
Florence Goffette-Nagot is a member of the research chair "Habiter Ensemble la Ville de Demain" (HEVD), hosted by the Labex "Intelligence des mondes urbains". The chair brings together researchers in human and social sciences, in the aim of shedding light on "living together in cities" issues.
Sylvie Démurger was the scientific coordinator of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA) Chineq. The LIA Chineq was launched based upon a long-lasting collaboration between GATE and the School of Business (SEBA) of Beijing Normal University. It aimed at promoting new research and training activities in the field of economic inequalities.

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Recent publications

  • Berman N., Couttenier M., Soubeyran R. (2019). Fertile Ground for Conflict. Journal of the European Economic Association, Forthcoming
  • Billand P., Bravard C., Durieu J., Sarangi S. (2019). Firm heterogeneity and the pattern of R&D collaborations. Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming(Accepted in March 2019)
  • Blomquist S., Simula L. (2019). Marginal deadweight loss when the income tax is nonlinear. Journal of Econometrics, Forthcoming
  • Combes P.-P., Démurger S., Li S., Wang J. (2019). Unequal migration and urbanisation gains in China. Journal of Development Economics, Forthcoming
  • Couttenier M., Preotu V., Rohner D., Thoenig M. (2019). The Violent Legacy of Victimization : Post-conflict Evidence on Asylum Seekers, Crimes and Public Policy in Switzerland. American Economic Review, Forthcoming
  • Guevara C., Riou S., Autant-Bernard C. (2019). Agglomeration externalities in Ecuador. Do urbanisation and tertiarisation matter ? Regional Studies, 53(5):pp. 706-719
  • Havet N., Joutard X., Penot A. (2019). Les pratiques d’activité réduite et leurs impacts sur les trajectoires professionnelles : une revue de la littérature. Revue d’Economie Politique, 129(1):pp. 11-47
  • Havet N., Penot A., Plantier M., Morelle M., Fervers B., Charbotel B. (2019). Trends in the control strategies for occupational exposure to carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic chemicals in France (2003-2010). Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 63(5):488-504
  • Pascal C., Capgras J.-B., Cazeneuve H., Morelle M. (2019). Les systèmes d’information stratégiques au service des Présidents de Commission médicale d’établissement des centres hospitaliers : une satisfaction élevée pour des usages limités. Journal de Gestion et d’Économie Médicales, Forthcoming
  • Perrier L. (2019). Impact financier de l’innovation en oncologie. Innovations & Thérapeutiques en Oncologie, 5(2):pp. 66-67


  • 1st Internal Workshop Axe PPE, September 6, 2019, at ENS Lyon.
  • Seminar of the research field.
    - Aurélie Ouss (U Penn), 08/11/2019
    - Morgan Ubeda, 04/10/2019
    - Eugenio Vicario, 18/03/2019
    - Sylvain Chareyron, Lucie Letrouit (PSE), 26/10/2018
    - Tiphanie Magne, 11/06/2018
    - Marius Huguet, 11/06/2018
    - Tidiane Ly, 20/10/2017
    - Sophie Hatte, 26/09/2017
    - Julien Flaig, 03/10/2017
    - Mathilde Godard, 06/06/2017
    - Clément Gorin, 14/02/2017
    - Benjamin Monnery, 07/02/2017
    - Jonathan Goupille, 24/01/2017
    - Zhejin Zhao, 13/12/2016
    - Samia Badji, 22/11/2016
    - Tidiane Ly, 05/10/2016
    - Zhejin Zhao, 11/2015
    - Carolina Guevara, 05/2015
    - Yukiko Abe et Florence Goffette-Nagot, 02/2014


Europe-China Collaborative Research Project MARCO_P "Migration and the Reshaping of Consumption Patterns".

Chaire de recherche Habiter Ensemble la Ville de Demain (HEVD)


Permanent researchers and professors (main membership)

  • Corinne Autant Bernard, Professor, UJM
  • Pascal Billand, Assistant professor, UJM
  • Khaled Bouabdallah, Professor, UJM
  • Sylvie Charlot, Professor, UL2
  • Pierre-Philippe Combes, Research professor, CNRS
  • Matthieu Couttenier, IDEX research Fellowship, ENS
  • Nelly Exbrayat, Assistant professor HDR, UJM
  • Mathilde Godard, Researcher, CNRS
  • Florence Goffette-Nagot, Research professor, CNRS
  • Jonathan Goupille-Lebret, Researcher, CNRS, ENS
  • Sophie Hatte, Assistant Professor, ENS
  • Jean-Yves Lesueur, Professor, UL2
  • Sonia Paty, Professor, UL2
  • Lionel Perrier, Research Fellow, Centre Lyon Berard
  • Philippe Polomé, Professor, UL2
  • Stéphane Riou , Professor, UJM
  • Sinan Sarpça, Associate Professor, ENS
  • Julien Salanié, Assistant professor, UJM
  • Laurent Simula, Professor, ENS
  • Victor Stephane, Associate professor, UJM
  • Alban Verchère, Assistant professor, UJM

Permanent researchers and professors (secondary membership)

  • Izabela Jelovac, Research fellow, CNRS
  • Béatrice Rey-Fournier, Professor, UL2

PhDs or post-doc

  • Nesrine Bouzeghoub, UJM
  • Adhen Benlahlou, UJM
  • Wilfried Guets, UL2
  • Marius Huguet, UL2
  • Siwar Khelifa, UL2
  • Marie Aurélie Lapierre, UL2
  • Chloé Leclere, ENS
  • Tiruo Liu, China Scolarship Council and UL2
  • Carla Morvan, UL2
  • Alain N’Ghauran, UJM
  • Lavinia Piemontese, Post-Doc researcher, ENS
  • David Swan, ENSOSP and UL2
  • Morgan Udeba, UL2
  • Zhejin Zhao, UJM

Affiliated researchers

  • Christophe Bravard, Professor, University of Grenoble
  • Marion Dessertine, ELO (Observatory of Employment in Loire)
  • Marie Eyquem-Renault, Assistant professor, UL3
  • Nora Ferdjaoui-Moumjid, Associate Professor, UL1
  • Ruben Fotso, UJM
  • Carolina Guevara, National Polytechnic School of Quito
  • Yann Kossi, UL2
  • Benjamin Monnery, Associate Professor, University Paris Nanterre
  • Maria Laura Silva, Associate Professor, University of Bordeaux
  • Hui Xu, Associate Professsor, Beijing Normal University

Research engineer :

  • Clément Gorin, Ph.D.
  • Magali Morelle, Centre Léon Bérard


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