Le Monde interviews Etienne WASMER about Paris' future "super-metro" and its impact on the job market

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Over the holidays the French daily Le Monde published 10 articles on the future “Grand Paris” in its series “Smart Cities”.

On this occasion, the Department’s Etienne WASMER was interviewed by Le Monde's Jean-Pierre Gonguet in an article "Comment un réseau ferré peut-il créer 168 000 emplois ?"  about the research he has been doing on the “Grand Paris Express” (the future “super metro”) with his former doctoral student Guillaume CHAPELLE (PhD 2017) and Pierre-Henri BONO, researcher at SciencesPo’s LIEPP.

According to Etienne WASMER, “A rail network is not an employment policy, of course… But…  it can have positive impacts on the labour market. Nothing is magical however. Our hypothesis is that the creation of (le Grand Express Paris) will generate, in the long term, once the rail network is finished, at least 168 000 jobs. This is the strict minimum as we have retained only the most restrictive working hypotheses.

Etienne WASMER, an expert in labour policy, Pierre-Henri BONO, specialized in housing policy and research project manager at the LIEPP and the Société Grand Paris, and Guillaume CHAPELLE, now a postdoctoral fellow in urban economics and housing at the University of Barcelona’s IEB,  “have spent several years working on a new theoretical method in order to evaluate the impacts of a transportation infrastructure that is radically different. The “Grand Paris Express” is indeed unique. Most new transportation lines in the world seek to connect A to B. The Grand Paris Express on the other hand is a closed network within a metropolis but that is connected to all the other networks that do or will exist. This changes considerably the impact and the urban organisation of “Grand Paris”.

To learn more about the model that Wasmer, Bono and Chapelle have had to invent in order to measure the impact of the future Grand Paris Express and just how a rail network could create 168 000 jobs, read the full article here (link).

And to go further, you will want to peruse the LIEPP policy brief and report that the researchers have drafted:
1/ Impact du Grand Paris Express sur le marché du travail et le marché du logement, LIEPP Policy Brief, n°35, décembre 2017 (link)
2/ Report (link)