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Sustainability Champion award : Julia Jadin

24 January 2024

In October, the Teaching Awards honored exceptional work at the School, and we’re thrilled to announce that Julia Jadin, a dedicated PhD researcher, was recognized as the Sustainability Champion! Julia not only contributes to academic research for her PhD thesis but also leads training sessions in various Executive Education programs for the Solvay Lifelong Learning …

Bram De Rock’s workshop – 15 years !

12 December 2023

Celebrating 15 Years of Academic Excellence! What began as a modest gathering 15 years ago, with just six individuals in Bram De Rock‘s living room, has blossomed into an enriching tradition. On November 15, we marked this milestone with a vibrant gathering of 40 researchers, all affiliated with Belgian universities, sharing a keen interest in …

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Leone Fabrizio Won 3 Prizes for his paper Global Robots

12 December 2023

Exciting News! Leone Fabrizio is on a winning streak! “Global Robots” secured three prestigious awards: Congratulations !!

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Calendar

27 February 2024
  • Mirabelle Muuls, Imperial College London
    27 Feb, 14:00 - 15:15

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    Title ShiftingHousehold Power Demand across Time: Incentives and Automation

    Abstract Weanalyse the flexibility of residential electricity consumers in the time oftheir consumption, in partnership with a large electricity distribution companyin India. Within this randomised control trial, we offer households simpleWi-Fi-enabled smart switches that control the operation of an appliance such asan air conditioner, electric geyser or refrigerator. Leveraging a webapplication to trigger 30-minute automated switch-offs through the smartswitch, participants are rewarded per unit of energy they avoid consumingduring the switch-off event. We randomise within users the timing of theswitch-off event, the level of the financial incentive and the amount of noticetime given to the user prior to each event. On average, switch-off events leadto a 44% reduction in device usage during the event interval and a 70%cumulative reduction within an hour of the event. Using data from theresidents’ smart meters, we find that the effects are not offset bysubstitution to other electricity uses. A higher incentive also reduces theprobability that users override the events. We discuss implications of thefindings for emission reductions and improvements in electricity reliability.

    Location: 2.113

    Feb
    27

    Homepage

    Title ShiftingHousehold Power Demand across Time: Incentives and Automation

    Abstract Weanalyse the flexibility of residential electricity consumers in the time oftheir consumption, in partnership with a large electricity distribution companyin India. Within this randomised control trial, we offer households simpleWi-Fi-enabled smart switches that control the operation of an appliance such asan air conditioner, electric geyser or refrigerator. Leveraging a webapplication to trigger 30-minute automated switch-offs through the smartswitch, participants are rewarded per unit of energy they avoid consumingduring the switch-off event. We randomise within users the timing of theswitch-off event, the level of the financial incentive and the amount of noticetime given to the user prior to each event. On average, switch-off events leadto a 44% reduction in device usage during the event interval and a 70%cumulative reduction within an hour of the event. Using data from theresidents’ smart meters, we find that the effects are not offset bysubstitution to other electricity uses. A higher incentive also reduces theprobability that users override the events. We discuss implications of thefindings for emission reductions and improvements in electricity reliability.

    Mirabelle Muuls, Imperial College London

    Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.113

1 March 2024
  • Marco Becht
    01 Mar, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location:

    Mar
    01

    Marco Becht

    Friday, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location:

5 March 2024
  • José Vincente Rodriguez, Edinburgh
    05 Mar, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.103

    Mar
    05

    José Vincente Rodriguez, Edinburgh

    Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.103

8 March 2024
  • Bastien Bernon
    08 Mar, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location:

    Mar
    08

    Bastien Bernon

    Friday, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location:

12 March 2024
  • Ernest Liu, Princeton University
    12 Mar, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.110

    Mar
    12

    Ernest Liu, Princeton University

    Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.110

22 March 2024
  • Mara Squiccianrini, Bocconi University
    22 Mar, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location: R42.5.103

    Mar
    22

    Mara Squiccianrini, Bocconi University

    Friday, 12:15 - 13:30

    Location: R42.5.103

26 March 2024
  • Miren Lafourcade, PSE
    26 Mar, 14:00 - 15:15

    Homepage

    Title : Place-Based Policies:Opportunity for Deprived Schools or Zone-and-Shame Effect?

    Abstract : 

    Even though place-based policies involve large public transfers toward low-income neigh-
    borhoods, they may also backfire by stigmatizing the targeted areas. This paper appeals to

    the quasi-experimental discontinuity in a French reform that redrew the zoning map of subsi-
    dized neighborhoods based on a sharp poverty cut-off to assess the “net" effect of place-based

    policies on school outcomes. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find strong evi-
    dence of stigma from policy designation, as public middle schools located in neighborhoods

    below the poverty cut-off saw a significant decrease in their post-reform pupil enrollment
    compared to their counterfactual analogues in unlabeled areas lying just above the threshold.
    This "zone-and-shame" effect is immediate, it persists up to five years after the reform, and
    it is triggered by the reactions of parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds, who started
    avoiding public schools in labeled areas and shifted to those in unlabeled areas or, only for
    wealthy parents, to private schools. There is also evidence of a short-lived decrease in pupils’

    test scores associated with this spatial resorting. We uncover, on the contrary, only weak ev-
    idence of stigma reversion after an area loses its designation, suggesting hysteresis in bad

    reputations conveyed by policy labeling.


    Location: 2.103

    Mar
    26

    Homepage

    Title : Place-Based Policies:Opportunity for Deprived Schools or Zone-and-Shame Effect?

    Abstract : 

    Even though place-based policies involve large public transfers toward low-income neigh-
    borhoods, they may also backfire by stigmatizing the targeted areas. This paper appeals to

    the quasi-experimental discontinuity in a French reform that redrew the zoning map of subsi-
    dized neighborhoods based on a sharp poverty cut-off to assess the “net" effect of place-based

    policies on school outcomes. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find strong evi-
    dence of stigma from policy designation, as public middle schools located in neighborhoods

    below the poverty cut-off saw a significant decrease in their post-reform pupil enrollment
    compared to their counterfactual analogues in unlabeled areas lying just above the threshold.
    This "zone-and-shame" effect is immediate, it persists up to five years after the reform, and
    it is triggered by the reactions of parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds, who started
    avoiding public schools in labeled areas and shifted to those in unlabeled areas or, only for
    wealthy parents, to private schools. There is also evidence of a short-lived decrease in pupils’

    test scores associated with this spatial resorting. We uncover, on the contrary, only weak ev-
    idence of stigma reversion after an area loses its designation, suggesting hysteresis in bad

    reputations conveyed by policy labeling.


    Miren Lafourcade, PSE

    Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:15

    Location: 2.103

27 March 2024
  • PhD Lecture - Raquel Fernandez, NYU
    27 Mar, 10:00 - 12:30

    Location: R42.2.110

    Mar
    27

    PhD Lecture - Raquel Fernandez, NYU

    Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:30

    Location: R42.2.110

28 March 2024
  • PhD Lecture - Raquel Fernandez, NYU
    28 Mar, 10:00 - 17:00

    Location:

    Mar
    28

    PhD Lecture - Raquel Fernandez, NYU

    Thursday, 10:00 - 17:00

    Location:

29 March 2024
  • Mariia Kovaleva, ECARES
    29 Mar, 12:15 - 13:15

    Location: R42.2.113

    Mar
    29

    Mariia Kovaleva, ECARES

    Friday, 12:15 - 13:15

    Location: R42.2.113

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