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Dr Alice Mesnard

Reader in Economics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Economics

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About

Background

Alice Mesnard is a Reader in Economics at City University of London and is Programme Director of the MSc Development Economics. Her main research interests are in the fields of Development Economics, Migration, Policy Evaluations and Applied Microeconomics.

Prior to joining City, she was a Senior Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies where she worked at the Center for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EdePo). Her research has been mainly devoted to understanding the role of public policies in improving human development. Public policies she has been studying are mainly related to migration, education (Conditional Cash Transfer programme "Familias en Acción" in Colombia), health (maternal health and nutrition programmes in Malawi, Health Insurance in Nigeria, Quarantine measures after the outbreak of infectious diseases such as Ebola) and labour market (New Deal programmes in the UK).

Currently she has been strongly involved in the policy debate about how to eliminate Human Smuggling. You can watch her on TV5 Monde speaking about pricing the smugglers out of the market : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlvFCWWvMRU

She received her PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 1999 in the "European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics. Subsequently she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toulouse and has since been a visiting Professor in several Universities including the Toulouse School of Economics, the University of Paris Dauphine and the Paris School of Economics.

Qualifications

-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (DELTA), Doctorat d'’économie, 1999 in the "European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics".
- Diploma «Ingénieur, Statisticien, Economiste» awarded by the National School of Statistics and Economics, 1993 (ENSAE, Malakoff).

Employment

- Since 2010 : Reader in Economics at City University.
- 2004-2010 : Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
-1999-2003 : Assistant Professor at Toulouse University.
- 2009 : Visiting Professor at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)
- 2014 : Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Dauphine (PSL)
- 2014-2016 : Visiting Professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE)
- 2003-2004 : Visiting Researcher at the University College of London (UCL) and the IFS.

Affiliations

Member of the EUDN, European Development Research Network.
External Fellow of the CREAM, Center for Research and Analysis of Migration, London.
Research Associate, EdePo, Institute for Fiscal Studies , London.
Research affiliate of the CEPR, Center for Economic Policy Research, London.

Research

Research grants awarded

2009-2013: AFD-AIRD-IRD-HEWLETT “Health Risks and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa” . Principal Investigator. Analysis of two large socio-economic surveys in Nigeria and Tanzania. (270K Euros)

2010-2012: NORFACE consortium. Co-applicant. (20K for research paper on Human Smuggling).

2008-2011 : Hewlett-ESRC ESRC reference RES-183-25-0008 “Effects of Reproductive Health on Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa” Co-applicant. Data collection and analysis of nutrition and maternal health interventions in Malawi. (£380,724.)

2007: ESRC Reference RES-000-22-1742 “School supply and the effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers” Principal investigator. (£40K)

2007-2009 : DFID-ESRC ESRC reference: RES-167-25-0124 “Human Capital Accumulation and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries”. Co-applicant. ( £621,257)

2005-2006 : Department for Work and Pensions (UK) Reference Number 11c/04/dwp “Ethnic Parity in Jobcentre Plus Programmes and mainstream services”. Co-applicant. (£192,417)

September 2003 -April 2004 : Training Mobility Research to work at UCL / IFS (London).

September 1994-September 1997: doctoral grant from the Center for Econometrics and Statistics (CREST, Malakoff), specialised on advanced and applied econometrics and microeconomics.

Publications

  1. Mesnard, A.M. and Auriol, E. (2016). To Control Migration Flows and Defeat Human Smuggling, Sell Visas. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.

Chapter (2)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. (2016). Le renforcement des frontières permet-il de mieux contrôler l’immigration? In Colin, A. and Thiollet, H. (Eds.), Migrants, Migrations: 50 questions pour vous faire votre opinion Idées claires.
  2. Mesnard, A.M. (2003). Dynamiques de développement
    Guerre Civile et Contrat Social
    Dynamiques de développement.
    In Bekolo-Ebe, B., Mama, T. and Fouda, S.M. (Eds.), Dynamiques de développement

Conference (29)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. (2012). Pop Pov conference on Reproductive Health and Economic Development. Pop Pov conference on Reproductive Health and Economic Development January, Accra, Ghana.
  2. Mesnard, A.M. (2011). AMID/BREAD/ CEPR conference on Development Economics. AMID/BREAD/ CEPR conference on Development Economics September, Paris.
  3. Mesnard, A.M. (2011). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE) July, Greece.
  4. Mesnard, A.M. (2011). AFD-Harvard Kennedy School : 4th Migration and Development Conference. AFD-Harvard Kennedy School : 4th Migration and Development Conference June, Cambridge, MA.
  5. Mesnard, A.M. (2011). NORFACE Conference on “Migration :Economic Change, Social conference”. NORFACE Conference on “Migration :Economic Change, Social conference” April, UCL.
  6. Mesnard, A.M. (2011). CSAE conference. CSAE conference March, Oxford.
  7. Mesnard, A.M. (2010). EUDN /AFD conference on Development Economics. EUDN /AFD conference on Development Economics November, Paris.
  8. Mesnard, A.M. (2010). NORFACE conference on Migration. NORFACE conference on Migration October, UCL London.
  9. Mesnard, A.M. (2010). TEMPO conference on migration. TEMPO conference on migration October, Dublin.
  10. Mesnard, A.M. (2010). AFD - 3rd Migration and Development Conference. AFD - 3rd Migration and Development Conference September, Paris.
  11. Mesnard, A.M. (2010). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE) July, Naxos, Greece.
  12. Mesnard, A.M. (2009). Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics. Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics December, Paris.
  13. Mesnard, A.M. (2009). CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics. CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics September.
  14. Mesnard, A.M. (2009). Conference on Conditional Cash Transfers, organised by the World Bank and the IFS. Conference on Conditional Cash Transfers, organised by the World Bank and the IFS May, London.
  15. Mesnard, A.M. (2008). CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference London.
  16. Mesnard, A.M. (2008). Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics. Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics December, Paris.
  17. Mesnard, A.M. (2008). CEPR workshop on Conflicts and Development. CEPR workshop on Conflicts and Development December, Paris.
  18. Mesnard, A.M. (2008). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE) July, Naxos, Greece.
  19. Mesnard, A.M. (2007). CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference Stockholm.
  20. Mesnard, A.M. (2007). Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics. Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics December, Paris.
  21. Mesnard, A.M. (2007). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE) July, Naxos, Greece.
  22. Mesnard, A.M. (2006). CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference Paris.
  23. Mesnard, A.M. (2006). Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics. Conference Agence Française de Développement /European Union Development Network conferences (AFD-EUDN) on Development Economics December, Paris.
  24. Mesnard, A.M. (2005). CEPR Annual Symposium on Public Policy. September.
  25. Mesnard, A.M. (2005). Cornell University and IFPRI conference on Non Linearities in Development. Cornell University and IFPRI conference on Non Linearities in Development May, Washington.
  26. Mesnard, A.M. (2004). World Bank and Inter -american Bank for Development conference. World Bank and Inter -american Bank for Development conference July, Bogota, Colombia.
  27. Mesnard, A.M. (2003). Conference on Markets for Pharmaceuticals and the Health of Developing Nations, Toulouse School of Economics ( IDEI). Conference on Markets for Pharmaceuticals and the Health of Developing Nations, Toulouse School of Economics ( IDEI) December, Toulouse, France.
  28. Mesnard, A.M. (2001). World Bank Conference on European Integration of South-West European countries. World Bank Conference on European Integration of South-West European countries June, Bari (Italy).
  29. Mesnard, A.M. (2000). EURESCO conference on Migration. EURESCO conference on Migration May, Sapri (Italy).

Internet Publication (1)

  1. Fitzsimons, E., Malde, B., Mesnard, A.M. and Vera-Hernández, M. (2014). Household Responses to Information on Child Nutrition: Experimental Evidence from Malawi. IFS Working Paper.

Journal Article (19)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. and Seabright, P. (2016). Migration and The Equilibrium Prevalence of Infectious Diseases. Journal of Demographic Economics, 82(1), pp. 1–26. doi:10.1017/dem.2015.12.
  2. Janssens, W., Goedecke, J., de Bree, G.J., Aderibigbe, S.A., Akande, T.M. and Mesnard, A. (2016). The Financial Burden of Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases in Rural Nigeria: Wealth and Gender Heterogeneity in Health Care Utilization and Health Expenditures. PLOS ONE, 11(11), pp. e0166121–e0166121. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166121.
  3. Fitzsimons, E., Malde, B., Mesnard, A. and Vera-Hernández, M. (2016). Nutrition, information and household behavior: Experimental evidence from Malawi. Journal of Development Economics, 122, pp. 113–126. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2016.05.002.
  4. Auriol, E. and Mesnard, A. (2016). Sale of Visas: a Smuggler's Final Song? Economica, 83(332), pp. 646–678. doi:10.1111/ecca.12204.
  5. Mesnard, A.M. and Djajic, S. (2015). Guest Workers in the Underground Economy. Labour Economics .
  6. E. Fitzsimons, A.Mesnard, (2014). Can Conditional Cash Transfers compensate for a father’s absence? The World Bank Economic Review, Volume 28(Number 3), pp. 467–491.
  7. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O. and Battistin, E. (2012). Food and Cash Transfers: Evidence from Colombia. The Economic Journal, 122(559), pp. 92–124.
  8. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O., Fitzsimons, E., Guterrez, M.I. and Meghir, C. (2010). Child Education and Work Choices in the Presence of a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Rural Colombia. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 58(2), pp. 181–210.
  9. Mesnard, A.M. and Seabright, P. (2009). Escaping infectious diseases through migration ? Quarantine measures under incomplete information about infection risk. Journal of Public Economics, 93, pp. 931–938.
  10. Mesnard, A.M. (2006). The impact of a conditional cash transfer programme on consumption in Colombia. Fiscal Studies .
  11. Mesnard, A.M. and Ravallion, M. (2006). The wealth effect on new business sartups in a developing economy. Economica, 73(291) .
  12. Mesnard, A.M., Dearden, L. and Shaw, J. (2006). Ethnic differences in birth outcomes in England. Fiscal Studies .
  13. Mesnard, A.M. (2004). Temporary migration and capital market imperfections. Oxford Economic Papers, 56, pp. 242–262.
  14. Mesnard, A.M. (2004). Temporary migration and Self-Employment: Evidence from Tunisia. Brussels Economic Review, 47(1) .
  15. Mesnard, A.M. (2003). Guerre Civile et Contrat Social. Dynamiques de développement .
  16. Mesnard, A.M. and Azam, J.P. (2003). Civil war and the social contract. Public Choice, 115(3) .
  17. Mesnard, A.M. and Gaumont, D. (2001). Inheritance, land and capital mobility linked to labour migration. Journal of Population Economics, 14 .
  18. Mesnard, A.M. (2001). Intergenerational mobility and temporary migration. Louvain Economic Review, 67(1) .
  19. Mesnard, A.M. and Gaumont, D. (2000). Altruism and international labour migration. Journal of Population Economics, 13 .

Report (6)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. and Auriol, E. (2016). To Control Migration Flows and Defeat Human Smuggling, Sell Visas. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.
  2. Mesnard, A.M., Crawford, C., Dearden, L., Shaw, J., Sianesi, B. and Urwin, P. (2007). Estimating Ethnic Parity in Jobcentre Plus Programmes: A quantitative analysis using the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS)..
  3. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O., Battistin, E., Fitzsimons, E., Meghir, C. and Vera-Hernandez, M. (2006). Evaluación del impacto del programa Familias en Acción - subsidos condicionados de la red de apoyo social: Informe del primer seguimento..
  4. Mesnard, A.M. and Attanasio, O. (2005). The impact of a conditional cash transfer programme on consumption in Colombia..
  5. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O. and Catsro, C. (2005). Displacement, conflict and welfare : an empirical analysis..
  6. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O., Battistin, E., Fitzsimons, E. and Vera-Hernandez, M. (2005). How effective are conditional cash transfers? Evidence from Colombia..

Other (5)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. and Fitzsimons, E. «Are boys and girls affected differently when the household head leaves for good? Evidence from school and work choices in Colombia».
  2. Mesnard, A.M., Crawford, C., Dearden, L., Shaw, J. and Sianesi, B. Ethnic parity in labour market outcomes for benefit claimants.
  3. Mesnard, A.M. Migration, violence and welfare: an empirical analysis from rural Colombia.
  4. Mesnard, A.M., Genicot, G. and De Weerdt, J. Asymmetry of Information within Family Networks.
  5. Mesnard, A.M., Malde, B., Fitzsimons, E. and Vera-Hernandez, M. Responses to Information on Child Nutrition: Experimental Evidence from Malawi.

Education

Teaching Interests

Development Economics, Population Economics, Migration, Applied Econometrics, Social Policies, Public Economics.

Teaching Experience

2010-to present: Lectures at City University in Development Economics to PG and UG Students. Lectures in Applied Econometrics to third year UG students. Lectures in Applied Microeconomics to first year UG students. Lectures in Research Methods to PG students.

2014 onwards : Lectures in «Social Policies in developing countries» to PG students in Master PPD at the Paris School of Economics.

2005, 2006: Lectures in Public Economics to UG Students in Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

1999-2003: Core Module in Development Economics to PG students in Toulouse University

1999-2003: Core Module in Development Economics to students training for “Ingenieur” special diploma in Toulouse University.

1999-2003 : Core Module on Economics to first year undergraduate students in Law. Organised experimental games to simulate market mechanisms.

1999-2001 : Trained teachers in France to prepare for the French national “Agregation” competition which gives them the title of Professor. Lectures in population economics.

1997-1999 : Lectures in microeconomics to undergraduate students at the University of Paris 2.

Other Activities

Media Appearance (2)

  1. Interviews and Press articles quoting the research on quarantine measures and infectious diseases. « Ebola: Une chercheuse dénonce l'effet pervers des mises en quarantaine » published by Vingt Minutes, 20/10/2014 http://www.20minutes.fr/sante/1463175-20141017-ebola-chercheuse-denonce-effet-pervers-mises-quarantaine

    «Même à l'heure d'Ebola, on n’empêchera jamais les hommes de migrer» published by l’Opinion 18/10/2014.

    « Ebola : effets pervers de la quarantaine » published by Temoignages 16/10/2014.

    « Ebola, attention aux msies en quarantaine ! » published by Sante Cool on line 16/10/2014.

    « Ebola : le danger des mesures trop strictes de quarantaine » published by Entrepatients on line 16/10/2014.
  2. Discussion and interviews in the Media about the research on How to eliminate Human Smuggling. VICE news 11 – 05-2015
    http://news.vice.com/article/europe-weighs-quota-system-and-crackdown-on-smugglers-in-response-to-migrant-crisis

    French Newspapers:

    Liberation 21 04 2015
    http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2015/04/21/vendre-des-visas-aux-travailleurs_1257107

    Le Monde
    http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2015/04/20/fermer-les-frontieres-n-arrete-pas-un-migrant-pret-a-risquer-sa-vie_4619134_3214.html

    France24 :
    http://www.france24.com/fr/20150421-immigration-clandestine-mediterranee-ue-europe-frontieres-legalisation-ouverture-visas-alice-mesnard/

    La Depeche :
    http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2015/04/23/2092630-emmanuelle-auriol-assecher-le-marche-des-passeurs.html


    Press in the United Kingdom :

    The Guardian : 21.04.2015
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/migrant-tragedies-how-to-stop-the-slaughter

    The Guardian : 23.04.2015
    http://mg.co.za/article/2015-04-23-divided-europe-is-all-at-sea-over-desperate-migrants

    Italian newspapers:
    “Il Foglio” on the 20.04.2015
    http://www.ilfoglio.it/cronache/2015/04/20/immigrazione-ostaggio-di-opposti-estremismi___1-v-127944-rubriche_c819.htm


    first daily “La Repubblica”on the 23.04.2015
    http://www.repubblica.it/politica/2015/04/23/news/appello_di_ong_e_intellettuali_apriamo_le_frontiere_per_rilanciare_l_economia_-112622911/

    Magazine Ferrara Italia
    http://www.ferraraitalia.it/immigrazione-e-vendita-di-visti-dentrata-alice-mesnard-permettono-di-legalizzare-i-flussi-44620.html

    Swiss Newspaper LeMatin 26-04-2015
    Portugal Newspaper Publico
    http://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/vender-vistos-para-imigrantes-pode-ser-a-forma-de-travar-o-trafico-na-ue-1693288
    Norvegian Newspaper Morgenbladet : interview pages 22-23 :
    http://issuu.com/morgenbladet/docs/jegharopplevd
    German online publication:
    http://www.eurojournal.info/?aktuell/2015-03-21_Menschenschmuggel

    Finland weekly newspaper Suomen Kuvalehti, www.suomenkuvalehti.fi

    Germany : “Human Smuggling” EuroJournal 21 March 2015
    http://www.eurojournal.info/?aktuell/2015-03-21_Menschenschmuggel

    Information player (450000 visitors)
    https://www.contrepoints.org/2015/04/26/205860-immigration-la-vente-de-visas-pour-eradiquer-le-trafic-de-migrants

    News and articles on line on Sciences :
    http://phys.org/news/2015-04-visas-eradicate-booming-human-smuggling.html

    http://www.clarin.com/mundo/fronteras-cerradas-frenan-papeles_0_1343865658.html

Online Article (3)

  1. La fin du trafic d’Etres Humains. Le MondeAvailable at http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2012/10/09/la-fin-du-trafic-d-etres-humains_1771841_3232.html
  2. Sale of Visas: A Smuggler's Final Song? VoxEUAvailable http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/8051">http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/8051
  3. Des effets pervers de la Quarantine. Le 1 (French Magazine)

Radio Programme (3)

  1. Live news. sputniknews live news on http://sputniknews.com/radio_red_line/20150424/1021333881.html
  2. News. Italian Radio “EL populare" http://podcast.radiopopolare.it/memos_1_22_04_2015.mp3
  3. France Inter, “3D” by Stefane Paoli. http://www.franceinter.fr

Television Programme (4)

  1. News on migration crisis. BFM TV Discussion of the situation in Calais during the visit of French Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.
  2. TV show “Arret sur Images” by Daniel Schneiderman. internet Television http://www.arretsurimages.net/emissions/2015-04-24/Migrants-TF1-nous-montre-une-Europe-menacee-d-invasion-id7671
  3. MAGHREB-ORIENT-EXPRESS. MTV5 Monde extracts (in french) of programme about pricing out human smugglers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlvFCWWvMRU
  4. TV Interview on Ebola and quarantine measures. AlArabiya News http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/medicine-and-health/2014/10/16/دراسة-عزل-المصابين-بإيبولا-يشجعهم-على-عدم-التعاون.html

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