Yann Algan is Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris, Research Fellow at CEPR and Co-Head of the Macroeconomic Program at CEPREMAP. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne in 2001.

His research fields are labor economics, social interactions, political economy and cultural economics. His articles are published in various international academic journals including American Economic Review and Quarterly Economic Journal.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10433

Using the PISA surveys (2000-2012), this paper explores the relationship between math test scores and everyday computer gaming by gender and for high income and middle income countries. We use two identification strategies in the spirit of an ideal experiment that would reduce computer gaming through limited internet access or...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8277
forthcoming in : Economic Journal, 2014

We show the existence of a twin peaks relation between trust and the size of the welfare state that stems from two opposing forces. Uncivic people support large welfare states because they expect to benefit from them without bearing their costs. But civic individuals support generous benefits and high taxes...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7464
pubished in: S.N. Durlauf and P. Aghion (eds.) : Handbook of Economic Growth, Vol.2 , 2014, 49-120

This survey reviews the recent research on trust, institutions and growth. It discusses the various measures of trust and documents the substantial heterogeneity of trust across space and time. The conceptual mechanisms and the methods employed to identify the causal impact of trust on economic performance are reviewed. We document...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6053
Yann Algan, Camille Hémet, David D. Laitin

This paper demonstrates the effects of ethnic and religious diversity on the quality of public spaces. Its identification strategy relies on the exogeneity of public housing allocations in France, and thereby eliminates the bias from endogenous sorting. The paper uses micro evidence of social interactions within housing blocks from the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6052
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5(3), 189-210

We use several data sets to consider the effect of teaching practices on student beliefs, as well as on organization of firms and institutions. In cross-country data, we show that teaching practices (such as copying from the board versus working on projects together) are strongly related to various dimensions of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5445

This paper shows that cross country differences in the generosity and the quality of the welfare state are associated with differences in the trustworthiness of their citizens. We show that generous, transparent and efficient welfare states in Scandinavian countries are based on the civicness of their citizens. In contrast, the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5185

This paper documents assimilation of immigrants in European destinations along cultural, civic, and economic dimensions, distinguishing by immigrants' generation, duration of stay, and origin. Based on the European Social Survey, it suggests that assimilation may have multiple facets, and take place at different speed depending on the outcome in question....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4747
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015, 13 (4), 599-630

Flexible labor markets require geographically mobile workers to be efficient. Otherwise, firms can take advantage of the immobility of workers and extract monopsony rents. In cultures with strong family ties, moving away from home is costly. Thus, individuals with strong family ties rationally choose regulated labor markets to avoid moving...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4514
published in: Economic Journal, 2010, 120 (542), F4 - F30

A central concern about immigration is the integration into the labour market, not only of the first generation, but also of subsequent generations. Little comparative work exists for Europe’s largest economies. France, Germany and the UK have all become, perhaps unwittingly, countries with large immigrant populations albeit with very different...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3680
revised version published as 'Civil Society and the State: The Interplay Between Cooperation and Minimum Wage Regulation' in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9 (1), 3 - 42

Can public policy interfere with culture, such as beliefs and norms of cooperation? We investigate his question by evaluating the interactions between the State and the Civil Society, focusing on the labor market. International data shows a negative correlation between union density and the quality of labor relations on one...