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Yann ALGAN

Professor

Economics and Decision Sciences

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Biography

Yann Algan is the Dean of Pre-experience Programs and Professor of Economics at HEC.  His main contributions focus on the role of trust and well-being within organizations and societies, with seminal papers showing the causal impact of trust on economic growth, institutions, populism, and management and organizations. He also focuses on the evaluation of public policy with particular attention to the role of education, management, and employment policies.  His work incorporates methods from economics, management, social sciences, psychology, and big data. His work has been published in various top 5 (American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political economy), generalist inter-disciplinary reviews (PNAS, Lancet, Organization science…) and, as one of the main specialist of his field, in different handbooks. In 2010 he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his project “Trust”. In 2015, he received a second ERC grant, a consolidator one, for the project “Sowell” on Social Preferences, Well-Being, and Policy”. He was the former Dean and founder of the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po

 

He is a member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on Well-Being, and is affiliated with CEPR and IZA.  His awards include the Best French Young Economist (2009), and his books on trust and French society have been awarded Best French Economics Book and French Essay (2009) and Best French Economics Book, Prix Lycéen (2013). He is one of the main contributor of the international project for a new curriculum in economy (CORE) and senior editor of the review Economic Policy. He is a senior editor of the review Economic Policy, and a member of the Economic Advisory Board for the Prime Minister

Scientific articles

Social Exchange and the Reciprocity Roller Coaster: Evidence from the Life and Death of Virtual Teams

Organization Science, Forthcoming, (in coll. with J. Hergueux, E. Henry, Y. Benkler)

The Economic Incentives of Cultural Transmission: Spatial Evidence from Naming Patterns Across France

Economic Journal, fevrier 2022, vol. 132, n° 642, pp 437-470, (in coll. with C. Malgouyres, T. Mayer, M. Thoenig)

Elimination versus mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of effective vaccines

The Lancet Global Health, January 2022, vol. 10, n° 1, pp E142-E147, (in coll. with M. Oliu-Barton, B. S. R. Pradelski, M. G. Baker, A. Binagwaho, G. J. Dore, A. El-Mohandes, A. Fontanet, A. Peichl, V. Priesemann, G. B. Wolff, G. Yamey, J. V. Lazarus)

The Impact of Childhood Social Skills and Self-Control Training on Economic and Non-economic Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment Using Administrative Data

American Economic Review, August 2022, vol. 112, n° 8, pp 2553-2579, (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, S. M. CÔTÉ, F. VITARO, R. E. TREMBLAY, J. PARK)

Simple questionnaires outperform behavioral tasks to measure socio-emotional skills in students

Scientific Reports, 2022, vol. 12, n° 442, pp 1-11, (in coll. with M. BOON-FALLEUR, A. BOUGUEN, A. CHARPENTIER, E. HUILLERY, C. CHEVALLIER)

Trust in scientists in times of pandemic: Panel evidence from 12 countries

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America_PNAS, September 2021, vol. 118, n° 40, pp e2108576118, (in coll. with D. Cohen, E. Davoine, M. Foucault, S. Stantcheva)

Inattention in boys from low-income backgrounds predicts welfare receipt: a 30-year prospective study

Psychological Medicine, Septembre 2020, vol. 50, n° 12, pp 2001-2009, (in coll. with F. Vergunst, R. E. Tremblay, D. Nagin, Y. Zheng, C. Galera, J. Park, E. Beasley, F. Vitaro, S. M. Côté)

Association of Behavior in Boys From Low Socioeconomic Neighborhoods With Employment Earnings in Adulthood

JAMA Pediatrics, fevrier 2019, vol. 173, n° 4, pp 334-341, (in coll. with F. Vergunst, R. E. Tremblay, D. Nagin, E. Beasley, J. Park, C. Galera, F. Vitaro, S. M. Côté)

Well-being through the lens of the internet

PLOS One, January 2019, vol. 14, n° 1, pp e0209562, (in coll. with F. Murtin, E. Beasley, K. Higa, C. Senik)

Association Between Childhood Behaviors and Adult Employment Earnings in Canada

JAMA Psychiatry, June 2019, vol. 76, n° 10, pp 1044-1051, (in coll. with F. Vergunst, R. E. Tremblay, D. Nagin, E. Beasley, J. Park, C. Galera, F. Vitaro, S. M. Côté)

Books

Économie du savoir-être

Eyrolles (in coll. with E. HUILLERY)

Les Origines du Populisme

Seuil (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, D. COHEN, M. FOUCAULT)

L'économie: L'économie pour un monde différent

Eyrolles

Les Français, le Bonheur et l’Argent

Editions rue d'Ulm (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, C. SENIK)

L’État en Mode Start-Up

Eyrolles (in coll. with T. CAZENAVE)

Chapters in edited books

Trust and social capital

For Good Measure, Stiglitz, J., J. Fitoussi & M. Durand, OECD, 10, 283-320

Scientific articles

Elimination versus mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of effective vaccines

The Lancet Global Health, January 2022, vol. 10, n° 1, pp E142-E147, (in coll. with M. Oliu-Barton, B. S. R. Pradelski, M. G. Baker, A. Binagwaho, G. J. Dore, A. El-Mohandes, A. Fontanet, A. Peichl, V. Priesemann, G. B. Wolff, G. Yamey, J. V. Lazarus)

Simple questionnaires outperform behavioral tasks to measure socio-emotional skills in students

Scientific Reports, 2022, vol. 12, n° 442, pp 1-11, (in coll. with M. BOON-FALLEUR, A. BOUGUEN, A. CHARPENTIER, E. HUILLERY, C. CHEVALLIER)

The Economic Incentives of Cultural Transmission: Spatial Evidence from Naming Patterns Across France

Economic Journal, fevrier 2022, vol. 132, n° 642, pp 437-470, (in coll. with C. Malgouyres, T. Mayer, M. Thoenig)

The Impact of Childhood Social Skills and Self-Control Training on Economic and Non-economic Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment Using Administrative Data

American Economic Review, August 2022, vol. 112, n° 8, pp 2553-2579, (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, S. M. CÔTÉ, F. VITARO, R. E. TREMBLAY, J. PARK)

Books

Économie du savoir-être

Eyrolles (in coll. with E. HUILLERY)

Les Origines du Populisme

Seuil (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, D. COHEN, M. FOUCAULT)

L'économie: L'économie pour un monde différent

Eyrolles

Les Français, le Bonheur et l’Argent

Editions rue d'Ulm (in coll. with E. BEASLEY, C. SENIK)

Chapters in edited books

Trust and social capital

For Good Measure, Stiglitz, J., J. Fitoussi & M. Durand, OECD, 10, 283-320

Education

  • Post-doctorat, Economics, Université de Californie à San Diego_UCSD - USA
  • Doctorate, Economy, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2021- Professor, Economics and Decision Science HEC Paris
  • 2021- Associate Dean for pre-experience programs HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2016-2021 Doyen de l’École d’affaires publiques Sciences Po Paris
  • 2008-2021 Professor Sciences Po Paris
  • 2008- Visiting professor Harvard University
  • 2007- Visiting researcher MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Well-being OECD High Level Expert Group member (HLEG)
  • Member of the Institut Universitaire de France
  • Co-director of the CEPREMAP (Centre pour la Recherche Economique et ses Applications) well-being observatory