You can find here my working papers :
- « The Carbon Carprint of Suburbanization, New Evidence from French Cities », with Miren Lafourcade and Camille Blaudin de Thé, CEPR DP 13086, 2018
This paper investigates the impact of urban form on households’ fuel consumption and car emissions in France. We analyze more particularly three features of cities commonly referred to as the ‘3 D’s’ (Cervero & Kockelman 1997): Density, Design and an innovative measure of Diver-sity. Individual data allow us to circumvent sorting, as some households may live in a location consonant to their socioeconomic characteristics or travel predispositions, while instrumental variables help control for other endogeneity issues. The results suggest that, by choosing to live at the fringe of a metropolitan area instead of its city-center, our sample mean-household would bear an extra-consumption of approximatively six fuel tanks per year. More generally, doubling residential Density would result in an annual saving of approximatively two tanks per house-hold, a gain that would be much larger if compaction were coupled with better Design (stronger jobs centralization, improved rail-routes or buses transiting to job centers and reduced pressure for road construction), and more Diversity (continuous morphology of the built-up environment). Another important finding is that the relationship between metropolitan population and car emissions is bell-shaped in France, contrary to the US, which suggests that small cities do compensate lack of Density by either a better Design or more Diversity.
- « A Streetcar Named Opportunity : Can Light Rail Transit Mitigate Spatial Mismatch ? « mimeo, with Antton Haramboure, updated May 2019, very preliminary
It is well known that unemployment is very unevenly distributed across places. However,recent literature suggests that job accessibility may not have such important effects as previously expected on aggregated unemployment in local labor markets. To test empirically the spatial mismatch hypothesis, this paper uses the most important LRT building program ofthe last two decades alongside a new individual unemployed database to assess the effects of opening of a new transport option on the labour market in very deprived areas. We find no evidence of any improvement to the situation of the unemployed living in those areas, even if other outcomes indicate a positive and strong hedonic effect on the treated neighborhoods accessibility.
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