I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at the École normale supérieure de Lyon.

My research spans political economy and economic history. My research interest centers on understanding the role of institutions and state-building in long run development. Another strand of my research studies the evolution of living standards during the Industrial Revolution. In addition, I am interested in the study historical social conflict. Since November 2020, I am the co-maintainer of the Historical Social Conflict Database (HiSCoD).

I also wrote several papers related to colonial history, and I am currently preparing a manuscript, which documents the emergence and properties of the French imperial elites and how they both used and contributed to the formation of the structure of the Empire between 1880 and 1950.

Prior to joining the ENS Lyon, I worked at the University of Zurich as post-doctoral researcher between 2019 and 2023. I obtained my PhD at the University of Geneva in 2019. I have been visiting researcher at Bocconi University, University of Caen-Normandie, University of Mohammed VI Polytechnique, University of Montreal, University of Oxford, and Yeungnam University.

What’s New?

2023-18-07: My paper Introducing HiSCoD: A New Gateway for the Studyof Historical Social Conflic (with Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu) has been just accepted at the American Political Science Review.

2022-12-12: My paper on the evolution of wages in early modern Normandy (with Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu) is now available in Early View at The Economic History Review.

2022-12-09: My dissertation summary is now available as Advances articles at the European Review of Economic History, as part of my nomination for the Gino Luzzatto Prize.

2022-07-20: The new version of the Historical Social Conflict Database (HiSCoD) is now online. It contains more than 10,000 additional episodes of conflict and cover many new countries including Italy and England.

2022-06-18: Excited to be nominated for the Gino Luzzatto Prize by the European Historical Economics Society for the best dissertation in economic history submitted between July 2019 and June 2021.

2022-02-18: I’ll be giving a talk on the development of the Historical Social Conflict Database (HiSCoD) at the Congress on Resistencias campesinas en los espacios rurale at the Universidad de Cantabria.

2022-01-06: Look out for my new working paper (with Benjamin Marx and Emeric Henry) on state-building in 19th-century France.

2021-08-23: With Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu, we organise a panel on social conflict in early modern Europe at the next Rural History Conference in Uppsala (23-26 August 2021). Please find the CfP here.

2021-02-11: I’m looking forward to hosting the first Virtual FRESH Meeting in Zurich. Join us to learn on fantastic resarch on “Living standards and economic development in historical perspective”. Registration here.

2020-11-17: Excited to announce the online release of the Historical Social Conflict Database (HiSCoD). Joint work with Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu that lists nearly 10,000 episodes of social conflict before the 20th century.

2020-11-13: Excited to announce the publication of the Savoy Historical Geographic Information System (SHGIS). Data are freely accessible on Harvard Dataverse.

2020-10-05: My paper on economic shocks, poverty and crime in Savoy has been published at Explorations in Economic History.

2020-08-26: I’ll be presenting my paper “Was Louis XIV Wrong? Socio-Economic Consequences of Protestantism in Early Modern France” at the EEA online conference on 26 August 2020.