Paris Sorbonne Sustainable Development Seminar






The "Paris Sorbonne Sustainable Development Seminar" seminar is funded by the Faculty of Economics of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University and the Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne and is organized by the research group on development economics and sustainable development. The seminar takes place on Thursday, 11 am at MSE (Maison des Sciences Economiques, 106, boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, 6th floor room, access). The seminar invites French and International scholars to present their ongoing research on development, population, human capital and environment. The seminar is organized in partnership with CNRS and Panthéon-Sorbonne University and benefits from a BQR (Bonus Qualité Recherche). Panthéon-Sorbonne University is the First French University in Development according to the Top Univ QS Ranking 2019 and 2020. 







Thursday, September 8th 2022, 6th floor MSE & Zoom

Thomas Baudin (IESEG), "Kinder, Küche und Kirche: family policies and fertility in the third Reich" with R Stelter.  

Thursday, September 22th 2022, Zoom

Avner Seror (AMSE), "Opinions as assets"  

Thursday, October 6th 2022, Zoom

Quentin Lippman (UP2 Panthéon-Assas), "The hierarchy of partner preferences" with K Surana.  

Thursday, October 20st 2022, Zoom

Amma Panin (U. Louvain), "Using religious participation to insure mental health in Ghana" 

Thursday, November 10th 2022, Zoom

Macartan Humpreys (Columbia U. and WZB Berlin), TBA 

Thursday, November 24th 2022, Zoom

Sylvia Marchesi (U. di Milano-Bicocca), TBA 

Thursday, December 1st 2022, Zoom

Nick Tsivanidis (Berkeley), To be confirmed  

Thursday, December 15th 2022, Zoom

Juan Fernando Vargas (U. del Rosario), "Do explosions shape voting behaviors"

Thursday, January 5th 2023, Zoom


Thursday, January 19th 2023, Zoom


Thursday, February 2nd 2023, Zoom


Thursday, February 16th 2023, Zoom


Thursday, March 9th 2023, Zoom

Rachid Laajaj (U. of Los Andes), TBA 

Thursday, March 23th 2023, Zoom

Jean-Marie Baland (U. of Namur), TBA 

Thursday, April 6th 2023, Zoom

Toke Aidt (JC Cambridge), "Political consequences of consumer dept relief", with Z Astrayan and L Badalyan. 

Thursday, April 20th 2023, Zoom

Jackline Whaba (U. of Southsampton), TBA 

Thursday, May 11th 2023, Zoom

Samuel Bazzi (UCSD), TBA 

Thursday, May 25th 2023, Zoom

Carole Treibich (GAEL, U Grenoble), TBA 






Thursday, September 9th 2021, Zoom

Axel Dreher (Heidelberg U.), "Home Bias in Humanitarian Aid: the Role of Regional Favoritism in the Allocation of International Disaster Relief", with C Bommer and M Perez-Alvarez.  

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, Zoom

 Marion Mercier (CNRS-PSL-DIAL) and Jose De Sousa (U. Paris Saclay), "Maritime piracy and local development: is Robin Hood also a Pirate?"  

Thursday, October 7th 2021, Zoom

Paola Gobbi (ULB), "Economic Uncertainty and Fertility Cycles: Baby Boom and Busts in Twentieth Century America", with Bastien Chabe-Ferret.

Thursday, October 21st 2021, Zoom

Tanner Regan (LSE), "Ask a local (leader): eliciting demand for title deeds in urban Tanzania"

Monday and Tuesday, November 22nd-23rd 2021, Zoom

Workshop on formal and informal institutions for growth and development

Thursday, November 25th 2021, Zoom

Eduardo Montero (U. of Chicago), "Market Structure and Extorsion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments", with Z Brown, C Schmidt-Padilla, M Viatschi.

Thursday, December 9th 2021, Zoom

Valentin Lang (U. of Mannheim), "Helping the Left Behind? Place-Based Policies and Regional Inequality", with N Redeker and D Bischofcies.

Thursday, January 6th 2022, Zoom

Anup Malani (U. of Chicago), "Inequality in India declined during COVID" with A Gupta and B Woda. 

Thursday, January 20th 2022, Zoom

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (U. of Chicago), "Inside the real State: Corruption with a hierarchy"

 Thursday-Friday, January 27th-28th 2022, Development Economics Doctoral Days


Co-organized with AFEDEV, Association Française d'Economie du Développement. Link to suscribe to AFEDEV Mailing List.


Thursday, February 3rd 2022, Zoom

Krisztina Kis-Katos (U. of Gottingen)  "Dealing with agricultural shocks: Income source diversification through solar panel home systems", with H Stemmler, F Lenel, C Weisser. 

Thursday, February 17th 2022, Zoom

Tom Vogl (UCSD),  "Intergenerational Persistence in Child Mortality", with F Lu.  

Thursday, March 10th 2022, Zoom

Dean Yang (U. of Michigan), "Abundance from abroad: migrant income and long-run economic development in the Philippines", with G Khanna, E Murathanoglu, C Theoharides.  

Thursday, March 24th 2022, Zoom

Benjamin Marx (Science Po. Paris), "Islam and the State: Religious Education in the Age of Mass Schooling."

Thursday, April 7th 2022, Zoom

Belinda Archibong (Columbia U.), "Protest matters: the effects of protests on economic redistribution." 

Thursday, April 14th 2022, Zoom

Markus P Goldstein (World Bank), "The seeds of structural transformation?"

Thursday, May 19th 2022, Zoom

Anja Benshaul-Tolonen (Columbia U.), "The evolution and persistence of women's roles: evidence from the Gold Rush"

Thursday, June 16nth 2022, Zoom

Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA), "The persistent effect of  decreasing labor-market discrimination" 






Thursday, September 17th 2020, Zoom

 Paul Glewwe (U. of Minnesota), "What explains Vietnam's exceptional performace in Education relative to other countries? Analysis of the Young Lives Data from Ethiopia, Peru, India and Vietnam".

Thursday, October 1st 2020, Zoom

 Nicolas Berman (AMSE), "Natural resources and the salience of ethnic identity", with M Couttenier and V Girard.

Thursday, October 15th 2020, Zoom

 Kate Orkin (U. of Oxford), "Job search and hiring with two-sided limited information about workseekers' skills", with E Carranza, R Garlick, N Rankin 

Thursday, November 12th 2020, Zoom

 Sonya Krutikova (IFS-Institute for Fiscal Studies), "Gender norms and adolescent girls' trajectories. Evidence from a field experiment in India", with A Andrew, A Gautam, G Smarrelli, H Verma.

Wednesday & Thursday, November 25 & 26th 2020, Zoom

 3rd Workshop on Formal and Information Institutions

Thursday, November 26th 2020, Zoom

 Kai Gehring (U. of Zurich), "Stimulant or Depresant? Resource-related Income Shocks and Conflict" with S. Langlotz & S Kienberger.

 Monday-Tuesday, December 14th-15th 2020, Development Economics Doctoral Days


Co-organized by CERDI (Univ. Auvergne), LEO (Univ. Orléans), CES (Univ. Paris 1), Graduate Institute Geneva, ERUDITE (Univ. Paris Est), DIAL (Univ. Paris Dauphine, IRD), Université Hassan II Casablanca.


Thursday, December 17th 2020, Zoom

 Clément Imbert (U. of Warwick), "Urban Public Works in Spatial Equilibrium: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia" with S Franklin, G Abebe, C Mejia-Mantilla

Thursday, January 7th 2021, Zoom


Arthur Silve (U. de Laval), "Frontier Planters, Immigrants, and the Abolition of Slavery in Brazil", with François Seyler

Thursday, January 21st 2021, 4PM Zoom


 Pamela Jakiela (Williams College), "A firm of one's own: experimental evidence on credit constraints and occupational choice", with Brudevold Newman, Andrew Peter, Honorati,Maddalena, and Ozier,Owen.

Thursday, February 11th 2021, 4PM Zoom

Orazio Attanasio (Yale University & IFS), "Child Development in the Early Years: Parental Investment and the Changing Dynamics of Different Dimension", with R Bernal, M Giannola, M Nores 


Thursday, March 11th 2021, Zoom


Sarah Langlotz (U of Goettingen), "Foreign Interventions and Community Cohesion in Times of Conflict". 


Thursday, March 25th 2021, Zoom


Richard Bluhm (Hannover U. & UCSD), "The political geography of cities", with C Lessman, P Schaudt.


Thursday, April 1st 2021, Zoom


Catherine Guirkinger (U of Namur), "Behind the Veil of Cultural Persistence: Marriage and Divorce in a Migrant Community", with JP Platteau, Z Wahhaj. 


Thursday, May 6th 2021, Zoom


Felipe Goncalvez (UCLA), "Do police make too many arrests?, with Sungwoo Cho and Emily Weisburst


Thursday, May 20th 2021, Zoom

Elias Papaioannou (LBS), "Religion and Educational Mobility in Africa", with Alberto Alesina, Sebastian Hohmann, Stelios Michalopoulos 

Thursday, June 3rd 2021, Zoom


Golvine de Rochambeau (Science Po), "Informational barriers to market access: experimental evidence from Liberian firms" with J Hjort and V Iyer   


Thursday, June 17th 2021Zoom

Augustin Bergeron (Harvard U.), "Optimal assignment of bureaucrats: evidence from randomly assigned tax collectors in the DRC" with P Bessone, J K Kabeya, G Tourek, J Weigel. 






Thursday, September 19th 2019, 6th floor

 Paula Herrera Idarraga (U. Javeriana - Bogota), "Getting Over the Minimum Wage: Wage gaps between Cities in Colombia", with P.A. Garlati-Bertoldi, J.D. Torres-Alarcon.

Thursday, October 17th 2019, 6th floor

Pascaline Dupas (Stanford U.), "The incidence of public subsidies to private hospitals under weak governance: evidence from India", with Radhika Jain.


Thursday, November 7th 2019, 6th floor


Michelangelo Vasta (U. di Siena), "Silent Revolution: the unintended consequences of school reforms for Italy's educational gender gap (1861-1921)" with Gabriele Cappelli. 


Thursday, November 21st 2019, 6th floor (Joint with the "2nd workshop on Formal and Informal Institutions for Growth and Development")


Thursday, November 28th 2019, 6th floor


James Fenske (U. of Warwick), "Pre-colonial warfare and long run development in India", with M Dincecco, A Menon, S Mukherjee.   


 Thursday, December 12-13th 2019, Development Economics Doctoral Days


Co-organized by CERDI (Univ. Auvergne), LEO (Univ. Orléans), CES (Univ. Paris 1), Graduate Institute Geneva, ERUDITE (Univ. Paris Est), DIAL (Univ. Paris Dauphine, IRD), Université Hassan II Casablanca.


Thursday, December 19th 2019, 6th floor


Markus P Goldstein (World Bank), "Empowerment and efficiency? Intrahousehold dynamics and productivity in Côte d'Ivoire." 


Thursday, January 9th 2020, 6th floor


 Tessa Bold (Stockholm U.), "The low quality trap: Evidence from the Maize Market in Uganda", with S. Ghisolfi, F. Nsonzi, and J Svensson. 


Thursday, January 23rd 2020, 6th floor


 Eric Schneider (LSE), "The effect of the Second World War on Japanese Children's Growth", with K. Ogasawara and T. Cole.


Thursday, January 30th 2020, 6th floor


David Castells (U. Autonoma de Barcelona), "Climate change and the spatial distribution of population and economic activity"


Thursday, February 6th 2020, 6th floor


Gabriel Ulyssea (U. of Oxford), "Formal and informal firm dynamic" 


Thursday, February 27th 2020, 6th floor


Carlos Gradin (WIDER), "Quantifying the contribution of a subpopulation to inequality: an application to Mozambique" 


Thursday, March 5th 2020, 6th floor


Sara Lowes (Stanford U.), "The legacy of colonial medicine in Central Africa"


Thursday, March 26th 2020, 6th floor


Owen Ozier (World Bank, Development Research Group), "Recruitment, effort and retention effects of performance contracts for civil cervants: experimental evidence from Rwandan primary schools" with C Leaver, P Serneels, and A Zeitnils.


Thursday, April 9th 2020, 6th floor

Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA), "Do youth employment programs work? Evidence from the New Deal" with A Aizer, S Eli, and K Lee.

Thursday, May 7th 2020, 6th floor

Joan Monras (UPF Barcelona), "Immigration and spatial equilibrium: the role of expenditures in the country of origin" with C. Albert.

Thursday, June 25th 2020, 6th floor

Adeline Delavande (U Technology Sydney), "Mortality Risk Information, Survival Expectations and Sexual Behaviors"







Thursday, October 4th 2018, 6th floor

Maelys de la Rupelle (U. Cergy), "The Great Famine and Household Saving in China."   

Thursday, October 18th 2018, 6th floor

Eric Defebvre (U. Paris 1), "Retired, at last? The short-term impact of retirement on health status in France.

Thursday, November 8th 2018, 6th floor

Mathilde Godard (GATE, CNRS), "Targeting Disability Insurance Applications with Screening".   

Thursday, November 22nd 2018, S19


Mathieu Couttenier (GATE, CNRS), "Fertil Ground for Conflicts." 


 Thursday, December 6-7th 2018, Development Economics Doctoral Days

Co-organized by CERDI (Univ. Auvergne), LEO (Univ. Orléans), CES (Univ. Paris 1), Graduate Institute Geneva, ERUDITE (Univ. Paris Est), DIAL (Univ. Paris Dauphine, IRD), Université Hassan II Casablanca.

Thursday, December 20th 2018, 6th floor

Jean-Louis Arcand (Graduate Institute Geneva), "Beauty and the Chinese Labor Market: Evidence from Two Household Surveys." 

Thursday, January 17th 2019, 6th floor

Frédéric Docquier (UC Louvain), "Climate Change, inequality and migration towards OECD countries."

Thursday, February 7th 2019,  6th floor

Elisa Sicuri (Imperial College), "The short-term impact of  a malaria elimination program on health and school outcomes: evidence from Southern Mozambique."

Thursday, February 21th 2019,  6th floor

Motohiro Sato (Hitotsubashi University), "Strategic interaction among municipality governments over disaster wastes after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011."


 Thursday, March 21th 2019, 6th floor

Mark Stabile (INSEAD), "The effect of self and precarious employment on mental health." 

 Thursday, April 4th 2019, 6th floor 

Olivier Bargain (U. de Bordeaux), "Intra-household allocation and individual poverty: an assesment of collective models using direct evidence on sharing." 

Thursday, April 18th 2019, 6th floor

Ranjeeta Thomas (LSE), "Evaluation of the long-term benefits and costs of wide spread testing for HIV in high prevalence settings."

Thursday, May 9th 2019, 6th floor

Ujjayant Chakravorty (Tufts U.), "Inefficient water pricing and incentives for conservation". 


Thursday May 23rd 2019, 6th floor


Isabel Günther (ETH  Zurich), "Decreasing emissions by increasing energy access? Evidence from a randomized field experiment on off-grid solar"  


Thursday June 6th 2019, room 114


David Crainich (CNRS),  "Disease prevention in separating adverse equilibria"


Thursday June 20th 2019, 6th floor


Harald Fuhr  (Potsdam U.), "Climate Policy and the Role of Governance"








Thursday, October 5th  2017, 6th floor

Tarun Jain (ISB), "Can Gender Attitudes be Changed? Evidence from a School-based Experiment in India", with Diva Dhar (Gates Foundation) and Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University).

Thursday, October 19th  2017, S/17

Grégoire Rota Graziosi (CERDI), "Inteministerial Tax competition: the Case of Resource Rich Developing Countries" with Emilie Caldeira (CERDI), Ali Compaore (UNIDO), and Alou Adessé Dama (CERDI).  


Thursday, November 9th 2017, 6th floor

Judith Vall Castello (UPF), "Effect of health insurance on the mortality of undocumented immigrants: the case of the 2012 Spanish health reform" with Arnau Mestres (UPF) and Guillem Casasnovas (UPF). 

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, room 116

Gunes Asik (TOBB), "The impact of terrorism and migration crisis on Female employment".

 Thursday, December 7-8th 2017, CERDI, Development Economics Doctoral Days

Co-organized by CERDI (Univ. Auvergne), LEO (Univ. Orléans), CES (Univ. Paris 1), Graduate Institute Geneva, ERUDITE (Univ. Paris Est), DIAL (Univ. Paris Dauphine, IRD).

Thursday, December 14th 2017, S/17

Alain Desdoigts (UP1-IEDES), "Learning by doing, inequality and sustained growth: a middle class perspective" with Fernando Jaramillo (U. Del Rosario). 

Thursday, January 18th 2018, 6th floor

Juan Pablo Rud (U. of London), "Climate change and agriculture: Farmer adaptation to extreme heat", with Fernando M. Aragón (Simon Fraser University) and Francisco Oteiza (University of London).

Thursday, February 1st 2018, 6th floor

Dan Li (Fudan U.), "Reputation Building of a Nascent Government in Debt Financing - Lessons from the Bond Market in China, 1912-37"

Thursday, February 15th 2018, 6th floor

Giovanni Prarolo (U. of Bologna), "Human Smuggling and Intentions to Migrate: Global Evidence from a Supply Shock along Africa-to-Europe Migration Routes"

 Thursday, March 8th 2018, 6th floor

Alok Bharghava (U. of Maryland), "Climate change, rice production and groundwater depletion in India"

 Thursday, March 22th 2018, 6th floor

 Ujjayant Chakravorty (Tufts U.), "Drilling the Drought? The Industrial Organization of Groundwater"


 Thursday, April 5th 2018, 6th floor - 6h30 pm

Finn Tarp (Director UNU, WIDER and U. of Copenhagen), "Aid and Growth in Perspective"

Thursday, April 19th 2018, at AFD (Full Day)

"Cash Transfers, Social Protection and Social Cohesion", Full Program and Registration.

Thursday, May 17th 2018, 6th floor

Katharina Hauck (Imperial College), "The impact of US Workplace Breastfeeding Legislation on Mothers' and Fathers' workplace absenteism".


Thursday May 31st 2018, 6th floor

Maria Rosales Rueda (Princeton U.), "Reducing the cost of remoteness: the effects of community health workers programs on maternal and children's health in Madagascar".


Thursday June 14th 2018, 6th floor


Christophe Nordman (IRD, DIAL, IZA, IFP), "The determinants of trust: Evidence from rural South India".









Thursday October 6th 2016, 6th floor


Véronique Gille (IRD, DIAL), “Sex-selective Abortion: Measuring the Who, How Many& How Often” with Aditi Dimri and Philipp Ketz.


Thursday November 24th 2016, room 114


Toman Barsbaï (IFW, Kiel), “Training migrants before they leave: A randomized evaluation of pre-departure training for migrants from the Philippines to the US” with Victoria Licuanan, Andreas Steinmayr, Erwin Tiongson, Dean Yang


Wednesday December 7th 2016, room S/3


Djeneba Doumbia (Univ. Paris 1), “The Quest for Pro-poor and Inclusive Growth: The Role of Governance”


Thursday and Friday December 8-9th 2016, Doctoral Days in Development Economics 


LEO, Université d’Orléans

Co-organized by LEO (Univ. Orléans), CES (Univ. Paris 1), CERDI (Univ. Auvergne), Graduate Institute Geneva, ERUDITE (Univ. Paris Est).


Thurday December 15th 2016, room S/1


Jean-Louis Arcand (IHEI, Geneva), “Autocracy, Political Loyalty and the Causes of the Great Leap Famine”, with Ran Tao, Huayu Xi, Dali Yang


Thurday January 19th 2017, room 115


Frédéric Docquier (UCL, IRES, Louvain), "The Geography of Educated Elites: Development Implications and Long-Run Prospects", with Michal Burzynski and Christoph Deuster


Thurday February 23rd 2017, at AFD (Full day)


AFD-Sorbonne Seminar: Demographic Challenges in Africa


Thurday March 16th 2017, 6th floor


Alok Bhargava (University of Maryland), “A longitudinal analysis of internal migration, divorce and well-being in China”, with Xiayun Tan


Thurday April 27th 2017, 6th floor


Marco Manacorda (CEP, LSE), “Liberation technology. Mobile phones and political mobilisation in Africa”.


Thurday May 11th 2017, 6th floor


Raphael Franck (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "The Consequences of the French Revolution in the Short and Longue Durée", with Stelios Michalopoulos


Thurday May 18th 2017, 6th floor


Sylvie Demurger (Gate – CNRS, Lyon), “Unequal Productivity Gains in Urban China”, with Pierre-Philippe Combes, Shi Li and Jianguo Wang


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