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Emmanuel Letouzé

Emmanuel Letouzé is a regular consultant for the UN and the OECD and a PhD candidate in Demography at U.C. Berkeley, currently serving as a non-resident Fellow at the International Peace Institute and an advisor on Big Data and official statistics for the OECD-Paris21. In 2011-2012 he worked as a development economist on the UN Global Pulse team, where he wrote Global Pulse’s white paper Big Data for Development: Challenges and Opportunities (May 2012), and was the lead author of the OECD 2013 Fragile States report. From 2006 to 2009 he worked for UNDP in New York and from 2000 to 2004 for the French Ministry of Finance in Vietnam. Emmanuel graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Diplôme, 1999, MA in Economic Demography, 2000) and Columbia University (MA in International Affairs, 2006) where he was a Fulbright fellow. He is also a political cartoonist for various media outlet.

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Blogs review: GDP, welfare and the rise of data-driven activities

What’s at stake: The worry today is not that investment in technology might not be as productive as we thought (the so-called computer paradox), but the fact that the economic value of the fast growing consumption and production of online data may not be adequately captured in official statistics. While GDP has always been an imperfect metric for welfare, a number of authors have wondered if this issue has not become worse in the information age.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton and Emmanuel Letouzé Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 15, 2014
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Blogs review: The popularity of Randomized Control Trials

What’s at stake: The popularity of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) in academia has led to an impressive increase in the amounts governments and international institutions spend on providing evidence from RCTs. While valued for their research design, they remain criticized for having little predictive value beyond the context of the original experiment and the difficulties they face in evaluating complex interventions.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Emmanuel Letouzé and Adrien Lorenceau Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 14, 2014
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Blogs review: Big Data, aggregates and individuals

What’s at stake: The Big Data enthusiasts compare it to a revolution. For the agnostic observer, it is interesting to move beyond this general and somewhat speculative discussion and get a sense of what these massive quantities of information produced by and about people, things, and their interactions can and cannot do.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton and Emmanuel Letouzé Topic: Energy & Climate, European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 26, 2013
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Can Europeans blog after all?

Last week, we wrote a post arguing that the European economic blogosphere was trailing by far its American counterpart. This is a revision of what we said.

By: Shahin Vallée, Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Emmanuel Letouzé and Martin Kessler Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 23, 2012
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High Frequency Data for investors and policymakers

What’s at stake “The sexiest job in the next 10 years will be statistician” – says Hal Varian– “and I’m not kidding.” With increased connectivity, Internet usage and data availability a new world of statistical analysis has indeed opened up. Whether it is very high frequency data, or the vast amount of them (big data), […]

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Shahin Vallée and Emmanuel Letouzé Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance Date: June 23, 2011
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Demographic Tectonics

What’s at stake The previous issue of the blogs review emphasized the immediate migration challenge following the Arab Spring. This issue looks at longer-term migration challenges posed by a reshaping of the planet’s demographic map. In a recent report, the United Nations Population Division has revised upward its demographic projections. The new calculations, based on […]

By: Emmanuel Letouzé and Jérémie Cohen-Setton Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: June 2, 2011