Professor Pauline Grosjean

Professor Pauline Grosjean


2006    Ph.D Economics, Toulouse School of Economics

            Advisor: P. Seabright. Committee: T. Besley, E. Auriol, J.P. Azam, A. Thomas.

2003    Toulouse School of Economics, M. Phil, Economics. With distinction.

2001    Agrégation in Economics.

2001    Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. MA, Economics and MA, Finance.

1998    BA, Economics, University Paris X. BA, History, University Paris X.


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Pauline Grosjean is a Professor in the School of Economics at UNSW,a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Previously at the University of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley, she has also worked as an Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She completed her PhD in economics at Toulouse School in Economics in 2006 after graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her research studies the historical and dynamic context of economic development. In particular, she focuses on how culture and institutions interact and shape long-term economic development and individual behaviour. She has published research that studies the historical process of a wide range of factors that are crucial for economic development, including cooperation and violence, trust, gender norms, support for democracy and for market reforms, immigration, preferences for education, and conflict. 

Room 461, UNSW Business School building

2020    Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

2019    Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2019-2023) (AUD 998,000).

2018    Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review.

2018    Excellence in Refereeing Award, Journal of the European Economic Association.

2018    Scientia Fellowship (4 years fellowship with AUD 40,000 annual research budget).

2017    Centre for Social Impact (AUD 9,969) “Child human capital investment: a field experiment with new data technology”.

2016    Australia Research Council Discovery Grant (AUD 592,000 – 4 years funding) “On the origins and persistence of gender: Combining evolutionary and economic approaches to study sex differences and cultural variation”, with Rob Brooks (UNSW) and Paul Seabright (IAST, Toulouse School of Economics).

2015    Rising Star Award. Nominated as 1 of the 20 “research leaders” of UNSW.

2015    UNSW Business School Grant (AUD 22,855) “The roles of gender and economic inequalities in the post Arab Spring Islamic Revival: experimental and survey evidence from Tunisia”.

2014    Excellence in Refereeing Award, Journal of the European Economic Association.

2013    Australian School of Business Grant (AUD 24,000) "Beyond local development: the role of local institutions building in fostering trust and cooperation: evidence from the Solomon Islands".

2013    World Bank (USD 86,000) support for evaluation of the Rural Development Project in the Solomon Islands.

2012    Research Achievement Award – Australian School of Business.

2012    Australian School of Business Grant, AUD 9000.

2011    US Department of State Title VIII Research Award (USD 20,000): “The Co-Evolution of Trust and Institutions: Evidence from the Balkans”.

2010    US Department of State Title VIII Research Award (USD 18,750): “Violence, and Socio-Economic Preferences: An Empirical Investigation in Tajikistan and Kosovo”.

2007    Ciriacy-Wantrup Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Natural Resources Economics and Political Economy - University of California at Berkeley (2 years).

2004    China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development – USD 80,000 for evaluation of the Sloping Land Conversion Program.

2004    Marie Curie Research Fellowship of the European Commission (9 months)

2003    Doctoral Scholarship (3 years), French Government.

1998    Scholarship for Ecole Normale Supérieure (4 years).