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Reader in Economics, City, University of London

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 :

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.


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    Reader in Economics, City, University of London