Faculty Associates

Jean-Louis Arcand
Contact: Email: jean-louis.arcand (at) graduateinstitute.ch
Phone: +41 (0) 22 908 59 45

Jean-Louis Arcand has been Professor of International Economics and Development Studies at the Graduate Institute since 2008. He is also Director of the Center for Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute. Prof. Arcand is an editorial board member of the Revue d'économie du développement and the Revue internationale de politique du développement.  He is a senior fellow of the Fondation pour les études et recherches en développement international (FERDI) and a founding fellow of the European Union Development Network (EUDN). He was assistant and then Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal, and Professor at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Développement International (CERDI). Prof. Arcand holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. His research focuses on the microeconomics of development, particularly in West Africa and the Maghreb, with a current focus on impact evaluation of social programmes. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the FAO, the UNDP, the Gates Foundation and several national governments.

For a complete list of publications, please read Prof. Arcand's CV.

Field(s)of Interest:
  • Agriculture, land and rural development
  • Decentralisation policies
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Health, health diplomacy, health governance
  • Redistribution policies, social inequalities, poverty
  • Africa subsaharan
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

More specifically; Development economics, impact evaluation, decentralized development, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Near
East, applied microeconometrics, empirics of civil war, applied contract theory, nutrition and health, empirical analysis of economic growth, applications of non-expected-utility models of decisionmaking under uncertainty.
Selected Publications:
  • "Language in Economic Development: Is English Special and Is Linguistic Fragmentation Bad?" (with F. Grin) forthcoming in English and International Development, E. J. Erling and P. Seargeant, eds., Multilingual Matters/Channel View Publications, Bristol, UK.
  • "Maternal Height and the Sex Ratio," Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 2012, 169-181 (with Matthias Rieger).
  • "Matching in Community-Based Organizations," Journal of Development Economics 98(2), 2012, 203- 219 (with M. Fafchamps).
  • "Teacher Training and HIV/AIDS Prevention in West Africa: Regression Discontinuity Design Evidence from the Cameroon," Health Economics 19, 2010, 36-54 (with E. Djimeu Wouabe).
  • "Santé et salaires : Une estimation en variables instrumentales sur un panel de travailleurs chinois," Economie et prévision, 186(5), 2009, 89-100 (with K. Labar).
  • "Deforestation and the Real Exchange Rate," Journal of Development Economics, 86(3), 2008, 242-262 (with P. Guillaumont and S. Guillaumont Jeanneney).
  • "Moral Hazard and Marshallian Efficiency: Evidence from Tunisia," Journal of Development Economics, 83(2), 2007, 411-445 (with C. Ai and F. Ethier).
  • "Tax Compliance under Rank Dependant Expected Utility," The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review (with G. Rota-Graziosi), 30(1), 2005, 57-69.
  • "Rendement de l'Education et Choix des Instruments.  Application sur Données vietnamiennes," Revue Economique, 56(3), 2005, 563-572 (with B. d'Hombres and P. Gyselinck).
  • "Racial Discrimination in the Brazilian Labour Market: Wage, Employment and Segregation Effects," Journal of International Development (with B. d'Hombres), 16(8), 2004, 1053-1066.
  • "How to Make a Tragedy: On the Alleged Effect of Ethnicity on Growth," Journal of International Development (with P. Guillaumont and S. Guillaumont Jeanneney), 12(7), 2000, 925-938.