Laurent Gobillon

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Publications in refereed journals


Combes PPh., Duranton G.. and Gobillon L. (2019), "The Costs of Agglomeration: House and Land Prices in French Cities", Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming (landprices.pdf), external appendix (appendix.pdf), previous version with monocentric city model (landprices_old.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Solignac M. (2019), "The homeownership of immigrants in France: selection effects related to international migration flows", Journal of Economic Geography, forthcoming (ownimm.pdf), VOX column, online appendix (ownimm.pdf).

Gobillon L., Wolff F.C. and Guillotreau P. (2017), "The effect of buyers and sellers on fish market prices", European Review of Agricultural Economics, 44(1), pp. 149-176 (fishprices.pdf), External appendix: pricesbyspecies.pdf.

Gobillon L. and Magnac T. (2016), "Regional Policy Evaluation: Interactive Fixed Effects and Synthetic Controls", Review of Economics and Statistics, 98(3), pp. 535-551 (interactive.pdf), web appendix (interactive_web.pdf), code and data (

Gobillon L. and Milcent C. (2016), "Evaluating the Effect of Ownership Status on Hospital Quality: The Key Role of Innovative Procedures", Annals of Economics and Statistics, 121-122, pp. 161-186 (procedures.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Wolff F.C.  (2016), "Evaluating the law of one price using micro panel data", American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(1), pp. 134-153 (lawoneprice.pdf), web appendix: (LOP_appendix.pdf).

Gobillon L., Meurs D. and Roux S. (2015), "Estimating gender differences in access to jobs", Journal of Labor Economics, 33(2), pp. 317-363 (gender.pdf). Program for application of the estimation method with example on simulated data:,

Gobillon L., Rupert P. and Wasmer E. (2014), "Ethnic unemployment rates and frictional markets", Journal of Urban Economics, 79, pp. 108-120 (ethnicfrictions.pdf), VOX column.

Gobillon L. and Milcent C. (2013), "Spatial Disparities in Hospital Performances", Journal of Economic Geography, 13(6), 1013-1040 (ineqami.pdf).

Combes PPh., Duranton G., Gobillon L., Puga D. and Roux S. (2012), "The productivity advantages of large cities: distingushing agglomeration from firm selection", Econometrica, 80(6), pp. 2543-2594 (latest version: prodadv.pdf, web appendix: prodapp.pdf, data and programs: here).

Combes PPh., Duranton G., Gobillon L., and S. Roux (2012), "Sorting and local wages and skill distributions in France", Regional Science and Urban Economics, 42(6), pp. 913-930 (distri.pdf).

Gobillon L., Magnac T. and H. Selod (2012), "Do Unemployed Workers Benefit from Enterprise Zones: the French experience", Journal of Public Economics, 96 (9-10), pp. 881-892, VOX column.

Duranton G., Gobillon L. and Overman H. (2011), "Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation using MicroGeographic Data",The Economic Journal121(555), pp. 1017-1046.

Gobillon L., Magnac T. and Selod H. (2011), "The effect of location on finding a job in the Paris region", Journal of Applied Econometrics26(7), pp. 1079-1112, VOX column.

Combes PPh., Duranton G. and Gobillon L. (2011), "The Identification of Agglomeration Economies", Journal of Economic Geography, 11, pp. 253-266.

Gobillon L. and Wolff F.C. (2011), "Housing and location choices of retiring households: Evidence from France", Urban Studies, 48(2), pp. 331-347.

Bonnet C., Gobillon L. and Laferrère A. (2010), "The effect of Widowhood on Housing and Location Choices", Journal of Housing Economics, 19, pp. 106-120.

Gobillon L. and Le Blanc D. (2008), "Economic Effects of Upfront Subsidies to Ownership: the case of the Prêt à Taux Zéro in France", Journal of Housing Economics17(1), 1-33.

Combes P.Ph., Duranton G. and Gobillon L. (2008), "Spatial Wage Disparities: Sorting Matters!", CEPR Working Paper 4240, Journal of Urban Economics, 63(2), pp. 723-742.

Gobillon L., Selod H. and Zenou Y. (2007), "The Mechanisms of Spatial Mismatch", Urban Studies, Volume 44(12), pp. 2401-2427.



Other publications in English


Gobillon L. and Selod H. (2019), "Spatial mismatch, poverty, and vulnerable populations", in Handbook of Regional Science, second edition, Fisher M. and Nijkamp P. (eds.), Springer, Berlin, forthcoming (Handbook.pdf).

Gobillon L. anf Goffette-Nagot F. (2018), "Introduction: Housing Economics and Urban Policies", Annals of Economics and Statistics, 130, pp. 35-38 (IntroUrban.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Milcent C. (2018), "The Competition Effect of a French Reform on Hospital Quality", in Competition Between Hospitals, Does it Affect the Quality of Care?, Dormont B. and Milcent C. (eds.), Editions Rue d'Ulm, Paris, pp. 161-197 (Competition.pdf).

Combes P.Ph. and Gobillon L. (2015), "The Empirics of Agglomeration Economies", in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5A, Duranton G., Henderson V. and Strange W. (eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 247-348 (Handbook.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Selod H. (2012), "Spatial Mismatch", in The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Smith S. (ed.), chapter 177, Elsevier, p. 5-10 (Encyclopedia.pdf).

Combes PPh., Duranton G., Gobillon L. and Roux S. (2010), "Estimating agglomeration economies with history, geology and worker effects", in Agglomeration Economics, Edward Glaeser (ed.), NBER conference report, The University of Chicago press, 364p, CEPR Working Paper 6728 (NBER.pdf). Quotation by Edward Glaeser in the Economix blog of The New York Times (blog_glaeser.pdf).



Working Papers


Combes PPh., Duranton G.. and Gobillon L. (2019), "The Production Function for Housing: Evidence from France", CEPR Working Paper 11669, revised version (housingprod.pdf).

de Bellefon M.P., Combes P.Ph., Duranton G. and Gobillon L. (2018), "Delineating urban areas using building density", Working Paper (cities.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Wolff F.C. (2018), "The Local Effects of an Innovation: Evidence from the French Fish Market", CEPR Working Paper 11757, revised version (innov.pdf).

Gobillon L., Meurs D. and S. Roux (2018), "Differences in positions along a hierarchy: Counterfactuals based on an assignment model", CEPR Working Paper 11982, revised version (publicsector.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Milcent C. (2017), "Competition and hospital quality: Evidence from a French natural experiment", CEPR Working Paper 11773, revised version (competition.pdf), VOX column.

Gobillon L., Lambert A. and Pellet S. (2019) "The suburbanization of poverty: Homeownership policies and spatial inequalities in France" (sociology), Working Paper (ptz.pdf).



Permanent Working Papers


Gobillon L.  and Selod H. (2007), "The effect of segregation and spatial mismatch on unemployment: evidence from France", CEPR Working Paper 6198 (smfrance.pdf).

Gobillon L. (2004), "The Estimation of Cluster Effects in Linear Panel Models" , working paper (clusters.pdf).

Gobillon L. and Le Blanc D. (2003), "Migrations, Income and Skills", CREST Working Paper n°2003-47 (migrations.pdf).