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Alice Mesnard

Alice Mesnard

Research Associate


1999: Ph.D. in Economics : 'International and return migration of workers: the role of capital market imperfections', DELTA (EHESS, Paris), in the 'European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics'.
1997 : M.Phil. London School of Economics.
1994 : D.E.A. in 'Analysis and Economic Policy Measures' (E.H.E.S.S.)
1993 : Graduated 'Ingenieur, Statisticien, Economiste' from ENSAE, the National School of Statistics and Economics (Malakoff).

Alice Mesnard is a Reader in Economics at City University of London and is the Programme Director of the MSc Development Economics at City U.
Prior to joining her current university, she was a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She has continued her IFS affiliation after joining City and has been working in parallel at the Center for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EdePo) on understanding the role of public policies in improving human development. Public policies she has been studying are mainly related to migration (internal migration, temporary migration, illegal and legal migration, human smuggling), education (Conditional Cash Transfers in Colombia), health (maternal health and nutrition programmes in Malawi, Health Insurance in Nigeria, infectious diseases) and labour market (New Deal programmes in the UK).
She received her PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

Academic outputs

Journal article | Journal of Development Economics
This paper studies the effects of a randomized intervention in rural Malawi that provided mothers of young infants with information on child nutrition. The intervention improved child nutrition, household food consumption and consequently health. We find evidence that labor supply also increased.
IFS Working Paper W14/02
This paper studies the effects of a randomised intervention in rural Malawi which, over a six-month period, provided mothers of young infants with information on child nutrition without supplying any monetary or in-kind resources.

Reports and comment

External publication
NORFACE DP paper coauthored with E. Auriol
External publication
This paper models how migration both influences and responds to differences in disease prevalence between cities, regions and countries, and show how the possibility of migration away from high-prevalence areas affects long-run steady state disease prevalence.


This presentation was given by Bansi Malde at the PEPA workshop "Are you sure that's the answer? Robust inference and policy evaluation" on 9 October 2013.
This presentation was given at the Centre for Study of African Economies Conference in Oxford on 18-20 March 2012 and the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference in Cambridge on 26-28 March 2012.