Abel Brodeur is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Ottawa. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Paris School of Economics.

During the academic year 2013-2014, he was visiting the department of economics at UC Berkeley. In 2012-2013, he was visiting the London School of Economics as a participant of the European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics.

Brodeur's current research interests center around applied economics. He has worked on different topics including development, health and labor economics. Current projects include the evaluation of the health and economic consequences of prostitution in Southeast Asia and the examination of the effects of terrorism.

His Ph.D. advisors were Professors Andrew E. Clark (PSE) and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (LSE).

Abel Brodeur joined IZA as a research affiliate in August 2012.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10686
forthcoming in: Journal of the European Economic Association

This paper analyzes the determinants behind the spatial distribution of the sex industry in Thailand. We relate the development of the sex industry to an early temporary demand shock, i.e., U.S. military presence during the Vietnam War. Comparing the surroundings of Thai military bases used by the U.S. army to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9986
Abel Brodeur, Kerry Nield

In New York City (NYC), it has been a common complaint that it is difficult to find a taxi in the rain. Using all Uber rides in NYC from April to September 2014 and January to June 2015, we show that the number of Uber rides is significantly correlated with...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9526
forthcoming as 'The Effect of Terrorism on Employment and Consumer Sentiment: Evidence from Successful and Failed Terror Attacks' in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

This paper examines the economic consequences of terror attacks and the channels through which terrorism affects local economies. I rely on an exhaustive list of terror attacks over the period 1970-2013 in the U.S. and exploit the inherent randomness in the success or failure of terror attacks to identify the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7357

This paper investigates the effects of local smoking bans on different out-comes using county and time variation over the last 20 years in the US. First, I find no evidence that local smoking bans in bars, restaurants and workplaces decrease the prevalence of smoking. The estimates are very small and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7268
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2016, 8 (1), 1-32

Journals favor rejection of the null hypothesis. This selection upon tests may distort the behavior of researchers. Using 50,000 tests published between 2005 and 2011 in the AER, JPE, and QJE, we identify a residual in the distribution of tests that cannot be explained by selection. The distribution of p-values...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7256
forthcoming as 'Neighbors' Income, Public Goods and Well-Being' in: Review of Income and Wealth

This paper analyses how neighbors' income affect agents' well-being using unprecedented data from the BRFSS and the City of Somerville. We conduct a multi-scale approach at the county, ZIP code and street-levels and find that the association between well-being and neighbors' income follows an inverted U-shaped pattern in the size...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6804
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2013, 93, 1-16

In this paper, we investigate the effect of a change in childcare subsidies on parental subjective well-being. Starting in 1997, the Canadian province of Québec implemented a generous program providing $5-a-day childcare to children under the age of 5. By 2007, the percentage of children attending subsidized day care had...