Photo Yann Algan

Present Positions

  • Dean School of Public Affairs, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Co-Head of the Master Economics and Public Policy (EPP)
  • Co-director of the Macroeconomic Program of CEPREMAP (Centre pour la Recherche Economique et ses Applications
  • Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) and at CEPR (the Centre for Economic Policy Research), Labor, Public Policy and Macroeconomic Economic Program
  • Member of Conseil, Economique, Social et Environmental
  • Board Member of OECD commission on Well Being

Positions held

  • Professor of Economics at Paris School of Economics and University Paris East
  • Visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT
  • Assistant Professor University La Sorbonne


  • Agrégation des universités en Sciences Economiques
  • Post-Ph.D, University of California San Diego, UCSD
  • D in Economics, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • Best French Economic Book, 2012 – Prix Lycéen for the Book: ‘‘La Fabrique de la Défiance…(Comment s’en sortir) », with Pierre Cahuc and André Zylberberg, Albin Michel 2012.
  • Best French Economic Book and Best French Essay 2008 : ‘‘La société de défiance: comment le modèle social s’autodétruit”, with Pierre Cahuc, October 2007, Editions de la Rue d’Ulm, collection CEPREMAP.
  • Best French Young Economist by Le Cercle des économistes – Le Monde in 2009.
  • European Grant ERC for the project Trust 2000-2014

Main Publications


  • Cultural intégration of immigrants in Europe, Oxford Universty Press, 2012, with Alberto Bisin, Alan Manning and Thierry Verdier
  • « La Fabrique de la défiance », with Pierre Cahuc and André Zylberberg, Albin Michel, 2012.
  • ‘‘La société de défiance: comment le modèle social s’autodétruit”, with Pierre Cahuc, Editions de la Rue d’Ulm, collection CEPREMAP.


  • “Cultural Values: the legacy of History”, Journal of Economic Literature, 2015
  • “The social impact of ethnic diversity: A randomized trial”, with Camille Hémet and David Laitin, 2014. Journal of Political Economy 2015
  • “The superiority of economists”, with Marion Fourcade and Etienne Olion Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2014
  • ‘‘Family values and Labor Regulation”, with Alberto Alesina, Paola Guiliano and Pierre Cahuc, Sciences Po, 2014 (New York times coverage), Journal of the European Economic Association
  • “Efficient and Inefficient States”, with Pierre Cahuc and Marc Sangnier, Sciences Po 2014 (IZA top 5). Economic Journal
  • “Trust, Institutions and Economic Development”, with Pierre Cahuc, Handbook of Economic Growth, Eds Aghion and Durlauf, forthcoming 2013
  • “Trust and Growth”, with Pierre Cahuc, Annual Review of Economics, 2013
  • “Teaching practices and Social Capital”, with Pierre Cahuc and Andrei Shleifer, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013
  • ‘‘The State and the Civil Society in the making of Social Capital’’, with Philippe Aghion and Pierre Cahuc, Journal of European Economic Association, vol. 9(1), p. 3-42, 2011
  • ‘‘Regulation and Distrust”, with Philippe Aghion, Pierre Cahuc and Andrei Shleifer, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(3), pages 1015-1049, 2010
  • ‘‘Inherited Trust and Growth’’, with Pierre Cahuc, American Economic Review, 100(5), pages 2060-92, 2010
  • ‘‘The economic situation of Immigrants and their Children in France, Germany, and the UK’’, with Cristian Dustman, Albert Glitz and Alan Manning, Economic Journal, 2010


Economic field of expertise 

Labour Market ; Companies organisation and management; Behavioral Economics and Happiness