An interview with Daron Acemoglu on artificial intelligence, institutions, and the future of work

The recipient of the 2018 Jean-Jacques Laffont prize, Daron Acemoglu, is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Turkish-American economist has been extensively published for his research on political economy, development, and labour economics, and has won multiple awards for his two books, Economic Origins of Dictatorship … Continue reading An interview with Daron Acemoglu on artificial intelligence, institutions, and the future of work

M2 Report – IRSN, Felipe Ramírez

Where did you do your internship and what was your role? I did a six months internship at the IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire) – the French nuclear protection institute. It employs around 1800 people, at the moment, in activities related to nuclear safety, regulation, research and risk management, and analysis. I … Continue reading M2 Report – IRSN, Felipe Ramírez

The disappearance of sand

For most of us sand recalls the beach, holidays, and the sun but that is about it. In our daily lives, we do not pay much attention to this insignificant matter. But is sand really that common? Is it in infinite quantity and will it always be faithful to our holiday appointments? And beyond the … Continue reading The disappearance of sand

La montagne d’or : une défaite pour l’environnement

Se présentant sous un nom évocateur et grandiloquent, la « Montagne d’Or » est un projet d’exploitation minière controversé au cœur de la Guyane française, mêlant des enjeux économiques, écologiques et sociaux. Il convient toutefois de commencer par une courte rétrospective sur l’histoire du projet, afin de mieux comprendre pourquoi les citoyens du département d’outre-mer s’y sont … Continue reading La montagne d’or : une défaite pour l’environnement

An economic theory of war: the Syrian example beyond religion and ethnicity

When we look at the Middle East today, we directly think of inter-religious, inter-ethnic and politically motivated conflicts triggered by some event. Take, for example, the Syrian civil war and the first Arab spring demonstrations there, which took place in the city of Daraa. This raises the question: can we create a general theory of … Continue reading An economic theory of war: the Syrian example beyond religion and ethnicity