LIEPP Methodological Seminar

November 14th 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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 [language: English]

The Laboratory for interdisciplinary evaluation of public policies (LIEPP) proposes a new initiative: a series of brown bag seminars to discuss methodological issues in an interdisciplinary setting. We seek researchers and doctoral students happy to present and discuss a working paper presenting and discussing substantive methodological issues, i.e. technical problems, coding or measurement issues, link between theory and measurement, etc.

The main aim is to develop a more informed and conscious use of diverse methodological techniques that can foster and enrich our substantive debates around academic work and public policies.

The seminar will take the following format: 

  • A paper is circulated in advance among the members of the seminar group.
  • The discussion will be shortly introduced by the author (no more than 15 min.) and the seminar will take place at lunchtime for one and half hour.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Emanuele Ferragina ( or Jan Rovny (

For more information, see the detailed presentation of the seminar.


Upcoming sessions:

Session 8: November 14, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) - LIEPP's seminar room

"Estimating local basic standard of living. Impact on overall poverty and inequality measures" 

by Clément Carbonnier (University Cergy-Pontoise, THEMA and LIEPP)

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The aim of the present paper is to use subjective data on local needs to assess the local basic standard of living and to exploit the results in order to precise inequality measures and to get more accurate measure of the distribution of poverty throughout a heterogeneous territory. The European SILC-EU survey on households living provides location of households, their actual income and their answer to the question of the necessary income to make ends meet. A fixed point method crossing these two income definitions allows to estimate the local basic standard of living. It appears that overall inequality measures are not affected but that ordering of households in terms of standard of living is strongly impacted. Globally, the correction increases the mean standard of living in rural and small and small urban units (except in Parisian region and Mediterranean coast) and increases it in large urban units. These results raise the issue of local adaptation of assistance policies: if PPP of euros differ across the territory, the values of thresholds to be eligible to mean-tested redistribution policies vary locally in real terms. 


Past sessions:

Session 1: November 15, 2017 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Dealignment Meets Cleavage Theory: Assessing Electoral Stability in Europe" by Jan Rovny. 

Session 2: December 13, 2017 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Between X and Y: how process tracing contributes to opening the black box of causality" by Bruno Palier. 

Session 3: February 14, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Qualitative analysis with quantitative methods : analyzing teachers' blogs" by Muriel Epstein & Nicolas Bourgeois, SAMM (Statistiques Analyses et Modélisations Mathématiques), Universite Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

Session 4: March 21, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Field experiments for policy evaluation: an illustration from a parental reading intervention" by Carlo Barone (OSC/LIEPP).

Session 5: April 12, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)
"How do inclusionary and exclusionary autocracies affect ordinary people?" by Anja Neundorf (University of Nottingham)
"The cost of Diversity: Tax Progressivity, Immigration, and Preferences for Spending" by Sergi Pardos-Prado  (University of Oxford).

Session 6: May 9, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)
"Theorising the effect of transition on female labour force in the European semiperiphery: An interdisciplinary methodology" by Sonja Avlijas.

 Session 7: October 12, 2018 (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
"Survey Data and Multilevel Modeling — Advances on the First and Second Level" by Lucas Leemann