Johannes Boehm awarded

by the Austrian Economic Association
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Joahnnes Boehm, who joined our Department of Economics in 2015 was awarded the prize for his paper: The Impact of Contract Enforcement Costs on Outsourcing and Aggregate Productivity

The Young Economist Awards are decided by the Board of Administration of the Austrian Economic Association and awarded at their annual conference to researchers who have accomplished outstanding research under the age of 35.

Johannes Boehm, Assistant Professor at SciencesPo, is specialized in macroeconomics, international trade and industrial organisation.

A Brief History of Human Time

Exploring a database of “notable people”
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Etienne Wasmer, permanent faculty member of the Sciences Po's Department of economics and co-director of LIEPP, has co-authored with Olivier Gergaud (KEDGE Business School and LIEPP) and Morgane Laquenan  (LIEPP) the first paper to analyze a very, very, very big database aptly called « A Brief History of Time ».

The paper describes a database of 1,243,776 notable people and 7,184,575 locations associated with them throughout human history (3000 BCE-2015 AD) and then sets out to analyze it.

How the IMF did it:

sovereign debt restructuring between 1970 and 1989
by Jérôme Sgard
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In a recent article published in the Capital Markets Law Journal, Jérôme Sgard, researcher at CERI, analyses how the International Monetary Fund (IMF) acted as a third-party in a total of 109 debt restructurings between 41 debtor states and their creditor banks, how this regime emerged through trial and error during the 1970s; and how it was implemented and accounted for and justified after the 1982 Mexican crisis.


Give recovery a chance

independent Annual Growth Survey (iAGS)
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By OFCE (Sciences Po) in cooperation with IMK (Germany), ECLM (Denmark) and AK Wien (Austria)

The independent Annual Growth Survey (iAGS) brings together a group of internationally competitive economists to provide an independent alternative to the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) published by the European Commission. The iAGS is published simultaneously with the Annual Growth Survey of the European Commission at the start of the European semester.


  • Yann AlganYann Algan

Yann Algan, Professor at the Department of Economics, has been awarded for the second time a grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Yann Algan was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his research project  TRUST - Culture, Cooperation and Economics at the end of which he was awarded a second grant in the ERC’s « Consolidator » category.

With this new innovative research project, Yann Algan will explore the foundations of our social preferences and well-being through Big Data. In a context in which social cooperation and well-being have become new priorities for our societies alongside that of economic growth, it has become urgent to evaluate their determinants as well as public policies that can develop them.

Based on three main axes, the SOWELL project - Social Preferences, Well-Being and Policy - in its first stage, will seek to rethink the theory and measurement of well-being by calling upon Big Data compiled from Google enquiries, Twitter exchanges, Facebook and other forums. These Big Data indicators of well-being should allow us to, literally, take the pulse of our societies in real-time and at a geographical scale infinitely richer than traditional enquiries that ask a handful of citizens to evaluate their personal life satisfaction on a scale of 0 to 10.

Credit Constraints and Growth in a Global Economy

A Paper of our economists published in the American Economic Review
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Credit Constraints and Growth in a Global Economy

A paper by Nicolas Coeurdacier, Stéphane Guibaud, and Keyu Jin published in the American Economic Review, 105 (9): 2838-2881

Politics in the Interest of Capital

A Not-So-Organized Combat
by Cornelia Woll
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Politics in the Interest of Capital

a MaxPo Discussion Paper Series, by Cornelia Woll


The rise in inequality has been explained with reference to organized groups and the lobbying of the financial sector. This article argues that the image of politics as organized combat is contradicted by empirical evidence on lobbying in the United States, and does not travel well to Europe. The power of finance does not operate through organized political influence.

A diverging Europe on the edge

The independent Annual Growth Survey
Third Report, OFCE, ECLM, IMK
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This is the third independent Annual Growth Survey (iAGS), each a response to the European Commission's AGS, and we have to take note sadly of the continuation of the crisis. Response to the euro sovereign debt crisis has been substantial, but we analyse that it was not sufficient to give a strong enough momentum to the euro area economy in order lastingly to exit the recession it entered 6 years ago.

Two of Sciences Po's economists

awarded Deutsche Bahn Prize
  • Yann Algan, Émeric HenryYann Algan, Émeric Henry

The 2014 Deutsche Bahn Prize went to Yann Algan and Émeric Henry - both researchers at Sciences Po's Departement of Economics - and to their co-authors Yochai Benckler and Jerome Hergeux (Harvard).

Each year, the Deutsche Bahn Prize rewards CEPR Fellows for outstanding research in organisation and management.

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