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

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.
Visiting Fellow of the GGDev, Center for Global Development.
Research affiliate of the CEPR, Center for Economic Policy Research, London.

Research

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).

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

Journal Article (16)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. and Seabright, P. (2016). Migration and The Equilibrium Prevalence of Infectious Diseases.. Journal of Demographic Economics, 82(1), 1-26. doi: 10.1017/dem.2015.12
  2. Mesnard, A.M. and Djajic, S. (2015). Guest Workers in the Underground Economy. Labour Economics.
  3. E. Fitzsimons, A.Mesnard, (2014). Can Conditional Cash Transfers compensate for a father’s absence?. The World Bank Economic Review, Volume 28(Number 3), 467-491.
  4. Mesnard, A.M., Attanasio, O. and Battistin, E. (2012). Food and Cash Transfers: Evidence from Colombia. The Economic Journal, 122(559), 92-124.
  5. 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), 181-210.
  6. 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, 931-938.
  7. Mesnard, A.M., Dearden, L. and Shaw, J. (Mar 2006). Ethnic differences in birth outcomes in England. Fiscal Studies.
  8. Mesnard, A.M. (Dec 2006). The impact of a conditional cash transfer programme on consumption in Colombia. Fiscal Studies.
  9. Mesnard, A.M. and Ravallion, M. (2006). The wealth effect on new business sartups in a developing economy. Economica, 73(291).
  10. Mesnard, A.M. (2004). Temporary migration and capital market imperfections. Oxford Economic Papers, 56, 242-262.
  11. Mesnard, A.M. (Mar 2004). Temporary migration and Self-Employment: Evidence from Tunisia. Brussels Economic Review, 47(1).
  12. Mesnard, A.M. and Azam, J.P. (Jun 2003). Civil war and the social contract. Public Choice, 115(3).
  13. Mesnard, A.M. (2003). Guerre Civile et Contrat Social. Dynamiques de développement.
  14. Mesnard, A.M. (2001). Intergenerational mobility and temporary migration. Louvain Economic Review, 67(1).
  15. Mesnard, A.M. and Gaumont, D. (2001). Inheritance, land and capital mobility linked to labour migration. Journal of Population Economics, 14.
  16. Mesnard, A.M. and Gaumont, D. (2000). Altruism and international labour migration. Journal of Population Economics, 13.

Chapter (1)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. (2003). Dynamiques de développement Guerre Civile et Contrat Social Dynamiques de développement. Bekolo-Ebe, B., Mama, T. and Fouda, S.M. (Ed.), Dynamiques de développement (pp. )

Conference (29)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE), Jul 2007, Naxos, Greece.
  2. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference, 2007, Stockholm.
  3. Mesnard, A.M. CSAE conference. CSAE conference, Mar 2011, Oxford.
  4. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference, 2006, Paris.
  5. Mesnard, A.M. AFD - 3rd Migration and Development Conference. AFD - 3rd Migration and Development Conference, Sep 2010, Paris.
  6. Mesnard, A.M. 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, Dec 2009, Paris.
  7. Mesnard, A.M. AMID/BREAD/ CEPR conference on Development Economics. AMID/BREAD/ CEPR conference on Development Economics, Sep 2011, Paris.
  8. Mesnard, A.M. 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, Dec 2008, Paris.
  9. Mesnard, A.M. 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 2009, London.
  10. Mesnard, A.M. 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, Dec 2007, Paris.
  11. Mesnard, A.M. TEMPO conference on migration. TEMPO conference on migration, Oct 2010, Dublin.
  12. Mesnard, A.M. 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, Dec 2006, Paris.
  13. Mesnard, A.M. AFD-Harvard Kennedy School : 4th Migration and Development Conference. AFD-Harvard Kennedy School : 4th Migration and Development Conference, Jun 2011, Cambridge, MA.
  14. Mesnard, A.M. World Bank and Inter -american Bank for Development conference. World Bank and Inter -american Bank for Development conference, Jul 2004, Bogota, Colombia.
  15. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR conference on Development Economics. CEPR conference, 2008, London.
  16. Mesnard, A.M. EURESCO conference on Migration. EURESCO conference on Migration, May 2000, Sapri (Italy).
  17. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR workshop on Conflicts and Development. CEPR workshop on Conflicts and Development, Dec 2008, Paris.
  18. Mesnard, A.M. World Bank Conference on European Integration of South-West European countries. World Bank Conference on European Integration of South-West European countries, Jun 2001, Bari (Italy).
  19. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics. CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics, Sep 2009,
  20. Mesnard, A.M. 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), Dec 2003, Toulouse, France.
  21. Mesnard, A.M. NORFACE conference on Migration. NORFACE conference on Migration, Oct 2010, UCL London.
  22. Mesnard, A.M. Cornell University and IFPRI conference on Non Linearities in Development. Cornell University and IFPRI conference on Non Linearities in Development, May 2005, Washington.
  23. Mesnard, A.M. EUDN /AFD conference on Development Economics. EUDN /AFD conference on Development Economics, Nov 2010, Paris.
  24. Mesnard, A.M. CEPR Annual Symposium on Public Policy. Sep 2005,
  25. Mesnard, A.M. NORFACE Conference on “Migration :Economic Change, Social conference”. NORFACE Conference on “Migration :Economic Change, Social conference”, Apr 2011, UCL.
  26. Mesnard, A.M. Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE), Jul 2010, Naxos, Greece.
  27. Mesnard, A.M. Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE), Jul 2011, Greece.
  28. Mesnard, A.M. Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE). Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE), Jul 2008, Naxos, Greece.
  29. Mesnard, A.M. Pop Pov conference on Reproductive Health and Economic Development. Pop Pov conference on Reproductive Health and Economic Development, Jan 2012, Accra, Ghana.

Report (5)

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

Internet Publication (1)

  1. Fitzsimons, E., Malde, B., Mesnard, A.M. and Vera-Hernández, M. (24 Jan 2014). Household Responses to Information on Child Nutrition: Experimental Evidence from Malawi Retrieved from: [publisher's website]

Other (6)

  1. Mesnard, A.M. Sale of visas : a smuggler’s final song ?.

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  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., Genicot, G. and De Weerdt, J. Asymmetry of Information within Family Networks.
  4. 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».
  5. Mesnard, A.M., Malde, B., Fitzsimons, E. and Vera-Hernandez, M. Responses to Information on Child Nutrition: Experimental Evidence from Malawi.
  6. Mesnard, A.M. Migration, violence and welfare: an empirical analysis from rural Colombia.

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

Press/Online Articles (3)

  • Des effets pervers de la Quarantine, 05 Nov 2015, Le 1 (French Magazine) (Print)
  • La fin du trafic d’Etres Humains, 09 Oct 2012, Le Monde (Online) Available at http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2012/10/09/la-fin-du-trafic-d-etres-humains_1771841_3232.html
  • Sale of Visas: A Smuggler's Final Song?, 04 Jun 2011, VoxEU (Online) Available http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/8051\">http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/8051

Media Appearances (2)

  • 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.
  • 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

Television Programmes (5)

  • TV Interview on Ebola and quarantine measures, 16 Oct 2014 on AlArabiya News. http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/medicine-and-health/2014/10/16/دراسة-عزل-المصابين-بإيبولا-يشجعهم-على-عدم-التعاون.html.
  • News on migration crisis, 31 Aug 2015 on BFM TV. Discussion of the situation in Calais during the visit of French Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs..
  • TF1 MAin Journal at 20.00, 21 Apr 2015 on TF1 (French Television). .
  • TV show “Arret sur Images” by Daniel Schneiderman, 24 Apr 2015 on internet Television. http://www.arretsurimages.net/emissions/2015-04-24/Migrants-TF1-nous-montre-une-Europe-menacee-d-invasion-id7671.
  • MAGHREB-ORIENT-EXPRESS, 03 May 2015 on MTV5 Monde. extracts (in french) of programme about pricing out human smugglers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlvFCWWvMRU.

Radio Programmes (3)

  • Live news, 24 Apr 2014 on sputniknews. live news on http://sputniknews.com/radio_red_line/20150424/1021333881.html.
  • News, 22 Apr 2014 on Italian Radio “EL populare\". http://podcast.radiopopolare.it/memos_1_22_04_2015.mp3.
  • France Inter, “3D” by Stefane Paoli, on http://www.franceinter.fr. .