The Principal Investigator

Historian and demographer, Lionel Kesztenbaum is senior researcher at INED and associate researcher at PSE, where he teaches economic history and historical demography. His research focuses on inequalities in the long run, in particular inequalities in death and access to resources for the elderly. He has an extensive experience in database building from historical archives, thanks to his work on the TRA database and his implication in dedicated networks at both national and international levels.

For more information, check out his website.

Social Sciences

  • Jérôme Bourdieu
  • Florian Bonnet is researcher at INED and agrégé in Economics. He is also one of the administrator of the French Regional Database. His research focuses on territorial disparities in France in the long run. More specifically, he has reconstructed, from original archival documents, life tables for all French départements for the entire 20th century, as well as the average income in these territories since the end of WWI. Using this original database, he has been able to show the strong convergence between the French departments that took place during the 20th century, and which has slowed down considerably since the mid-1980s.
  • Pierre-Philippe Combes is CNRS Professor at Sciences Po, Paris, in economic geography and urban economics. He studies more particularly the functioning of local labour and land markets, the location choices of firms and households. He has a recent series of projects using land use data collected from French historical maps back to the 18th century. For more information, check out his website.
  • Yannick Dupraz is a researcher at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. His research interests are economic history and development economics. His research focuses on understanding the long-run processes of economic development, cultural and political change. He is more specifically interested in education policies and state building in developing countries, especially in Africa. He has also worked on social mobility in the United States, using linked census data.
  • Victor Gay is assistant professor at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) of the University Toulouse Capitole 1 since September 2018. His research is at the crossroads of economic history, labor economics, and the economics of culture. He focuses primarily on the economic history of France, and develops data infrastructures based on archival material. For more information, check out his website.
  • Laurent Gobillon is Senior Researcher at CNRS, Professor at Paris School of Economics and Associate Researcher at INED. He heads the Work and Public Economics research unit at PSE and is editor of the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics. For more information, check out his website.
  • Clément Gorin
  • Agnès Hirsch is a PhD student in sociology, at INED, Paris-Dauphine University, and IRISSO (“Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales”). Her dissertation, supervized by Lionel Kesztenbaum and Bénédicte Reynaud, analyzes how the state, unions, and employers intervene to organize and categorize labor.

Computer Sciences

  • Christopher Kermorvant
  • Bastien Abadie
  • Eva Bardou
  • Mélodie Boillet
  • Martin Maarand

National Archives

  • Manonmani Restif
  • Jean-Charles Bedague
  • Bastien Chastagner
  • Chloë Fize
  • Aude Guého
  • Mathieu Stoll
  • Hélène Zettel