10-12 juin 2014 - Summer school « Social Interactions and Urban Segregation »

ANR “Social Interactions, Stratification and Inequality” (ANR 12-INEG-0002) The research project “Social Interactions, Stratification and Inequality” (ANR-12-INEG-0002) benefits from the funding of the ANR program “Métamorphoses des societés : Inégalités-inégalité” for the period 2013-2015.

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Over the last decade, developments in both behavioral economics and network theory have offered new models of social interactions. These theories allow to better understand the role of peer influence and externalities in urban segregation and inequality. This Summer School was devoted to the study of the recent advances in these fields. Two leading researchers were invited. Roland Bénabou has delivered a 6 hour lecture on his works on the determinants of pro-social behavior. The second day was dedicated to the presentations of the participants on their own papers. On the last day, Yves Zenou gave a 6 hour lecture on his research on social networks and urban segregation.


Day 1 - Tuesday, June 10th,

Three lectures by Roland Bénabou (Princeton University)
Economic Incentives, Social Norms and Social Beliefs


10:00-12:00 - Lecture 1
13:30-15:30 - Lecture 2
17:00-19:00 - Lecture 3



  • Economic Incentives, Social Norms and Social Beliefs    
  • Laws and Norms Handout    
  • Incentives and Norms_Additional Slides_Handout    
  • Slides from Jia_Persson April 2014    
  • Slides from Besley_Jensen_Persson March 2014    
  • Groupthink Handout    


  • Incentives and Prosocial Behavior
    Bénabou, R. and J. Tirole
    American Economic Review, 96(5), December (2006), 1652-1678
  • Laws and Norms    
    Bénabou R. and J. Tirole
    NBER Working Paper 17579, November 2011
  • Groupthink : Collective Delusions in Organizations and Markets    
    Bénabou, R.
    Review of Economic Studies (2013) 80, 429-462
  • Norms, Enforcement, and Tax Evasion    
    Besley, T., Jensen, A. and T. Persson
    LSE mimeo, February 2014
  • Are the Neighbors Cheating ? Evidence from a Social Norm Experiment on Property Taxes in Peru    
    Del Carpio, M.L.
    Princeton University mimeo, April 2014
  • Ethnicity in Children and Mixed Marriages : Theory and Evidence from China    
    Jia, Ruixie and T. Persson
    Stockholm University mimeo, March 2014


Day 2 - Wednesday June 11th

  • 9:10 - Why is central Paris rich and dowtown Detroit poor ? A Laboratory Experiment
    Henri Busson (CREM CNRS, University of Rennes 1)
    Co-authored with Laurent Denant-Boèmont
  • 10:10 - Urban Mobility and Informality : A paradox
    Ana I. Moreno-Monroy (Global Economics and Management Department, University of Groningen)
    Co-authored with Laurent Héctor M. Posada
  • 11:30 - Effects of Immigration in frictional labor markets : theory and experimental evidence from EU countries
    Eva Moreno-Galbis (GRANEM - Université d’Angers, CREST & GAINS - Université du Maine)
    Co-authored with Ahmed Tritah

13:30 - Meeting of the ANR group

  • 14:00 - School Choice in a Tiebout Model
    Francisco Martinez Mora (University of Leicester)
    Co-authored with Caterina Calsamiglia and Antonio Miralles
  • 15:00 - Neighborhood Effect and Labor Market Integration
    Matthieu Solignac (Sciences Po, Paris)
    Co-authored with Maxime Tô
  • 16:20 - Search for Jobs or Crimes
    Wei Xiao (Stockholm University, Sweden)
    Co-authored with Keisuke Kawata and Yasuhiro Sato
  • 17:20 - Urban Segregation and Cultural Dynamics
    Emeline Bezin (Université Catholique de Louvain and INRA SMART)
    Co-authored with Fabien Moizeau

Day 3 - Thursday, June 12th,

Three lectures by Yves Zenou (Stockholm University and IFN)
Social Networks and Geographical Space

  • 10:00-12:00 - Lecture 1

Social Networks : Theories and Applications    
Yves Zenou
Urban Spatial Structure, Employment and Social Ties    
Pierre M. Picard and Yves Zenou

  • 13:30-15:30 - Lecture 2

Social Networks and Interactions in Cities    
Robert W. Helsley, Yves Zenou

  • 16:15-18:15 - Lecture 3

Spatial versus Social Mismatch    
Yves Zenou
Peer Effects : Social or Geographical Distance ?    
Carlo Del Bello, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou