News archives - 2017

Pavel Sevcik has published an article in Journal of Industrial Economics

Pavel Sevcik has published his article "Do Multi-plant Firms Reduce Misallocation? Evidence from Canadian Manufacturing" a in the Journal of Industrial Economics. Using Canadian plant-level data, this paper shows that, depending on the industry, the differences in the average plant-level productivity and cross-plant allocation of resources between multi-plant and single-plant firms account for 1 to 15 per cent of the industry-level TFP. A large part of this contribution stems from more efficient cross-plant allocation of resources, measured by the covariance between plant size and productivity, in the pool of plants in multi-plant firms compared to the pool of plants in single-plant firms. There is less dispersion in the marginal products of the inputs, and thus less misallocation, in industries in which multi-plant firms account for a larger share of output. The patterns found in the cross-plant distribution of productivity and size are also consistent with better allocative efficiency among plants in multi-plant firms than among plants in single-plant firms.

Do Multi-plant Firms Reduce Misallocation? Evidence from Canadian Manufacturing [ lien: ], Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 65, Issue 2, 2017, pages 275-308.

Two articles (Wilfried Koch and Julien Martin) accepted in the Review of Economics and Statistics

Our colleagues Wilfried Koch and Julien Martin have just published a paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics.

In their paper entitled “Knocking on Tax Haven's Door: Multinational Firms and Transfer Pricing” Julien Martin, with Ron Davies, Mathieu Parenti and Farid Toubal, provide direct evidence that multinational firms manipulate their transfer prices to shift profits toward low-tax countries. They show that tax avoidance through transfer pricing is economically sizable and extremely granular: The bulk of the loss for tax authorities is driven by the exports of 450 firms to ten tax havens. The fiscal outcomes are therefore sizable.

The paper of Wilfried Koch, written with B. Diallo (former PhD student in our Department), entitled "Bank concentration and Schumpeterian Growth : theory and international evidence » and investigates the relationship between economic growth and bank concentration. Using the Schumpeterian growth paradigm, the authors theoretically and empirically show that the effects of bank concentration plays no role on the most advanced economies, but plays a negative role on developing countries farther from the frontier especially those with a certain level of their financial development.

The UQAM team wins the first CIRANO Budget Policy Challenge

CIRANO is pleased to announce that the UQAM team has won the first CIRANO Budget Policy Challenge. The team, supervised by Jean-Denis Garon, professor in the Department of Economics, is composed of Amor Aniss Benmoussa, Philippe Jacques, Pierre-Loup Beauregard and Samuel Mignault. The Université de Sherbrooke team finished second.

Congratulations to the team!

Till Düppe receives a prize

Our colleague Till Düppe received the ESHET Young Researcher Award. This prize recognizes scholarly achievements of historians of economic thought at an early stage of their career. The prize is awarded to scholars below the age of 40 at the time of the annual conference in recognition of outstanding publications in the history of economic thought.

Congratulations Till !

Three new faculty members recruited in 2017

The Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of three new faculty members in 2017 :

  • Philippe De DONDER;
  • Étienne LALÉ;
  • Florian MAYNERIS.


The Department would like to extend these new colleagues a warm welcome and also thank the members of this year’s recruitment committee: Marie-Louise Leroux, Arnaud Dellis, Alain Guay, Julien Martin, Alain Paquet, Louis Phaneuf and Dalibor Stevanovic.

Mikhaïl Davidson and Antoine Thompson-Leduc in the recipents of the Analysys Group scholarship for 2017

Mikhaïl Davidson and Antoine Thompson-Leduc, a students in the Master's program in economics, is the recipents of the Analysis Group scholarship for the year 2017.  The scholarship consists of a $20,000 stipend and an internship at Analysis Group. Each year focuses on issues of applied economics.

Congratulations to Mikhaïl and Antoine !

In memory of Pierre Lasserre

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In memory of Pierre Lasserre

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and very dear friend Pierre Lasserre. Pierre was killed in a skiing accident on the slopes of the Mont Blanc Massif in the French Apls on Monday April 10.

Pierre’s passion and expertise was the study of resource and environmental economics. His research focused on investment, real option values and the rôle of institutions in economics.

His great kindness and compassion as well as his warm smile made him a dear colleague. He was appreciated and admired by all who came into contact with him. We miss you already Pierre.

Our sincerest thoughts go out to his wife, his children, and his family. We share your pain and loss.


Canadian Journal of Economics Supplement, April 2017