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                Centre for Economic Performance
                London School of Economics
                Houghton Street
                London WC2A 2AE
                United Kingdom


Contact Information:
            
                j.m.colmer@lse.ac.uk
                


















I am a PhD candidate, and Fellow in the Department of Economics, at the London School of Economics. My research focusses on the intersection of topics in Labour Economics, Trade, and Industrial Organisation with issues in Development and Environmental Economics. 

Recent work aims to understand the sectoral mobility of workers in developing countries in response to labour demand shocks, with a focus on understanding the impact of this reallocation on productivity in destination sectors, and its implications about the sectoral allocation of labour, i.e., whether workers are efficiently allocated across sectors, or whether there would be productivity gains from moving workers across sectors.

As well as examining the economic consequences of realised productivity shocks, I am engaged in work that focuses on the measurement, and identification of uncertainty -- in its varying forms --, its impact on economic welfare, and the effect it has on the behaviour of individuals and firms.

An additional stream of research aims to understand how economic agents respond to regulation and market incentives, and consequently how public policy and markets can be designed and implemented to reach their objective at the lowest social cost. The focus of this research to date has been on environmental regulation and development policy.


Research Interests: Growth and Development, Labour Economics, Productivity and Innovation, Economic Geography and Trade, Energy and Environmental Economics, Public Policy.

Awards:
Winner of the FEEM Award 2013 (Young Economist Prize awarded by the European Economic Association).



Selected Works In Progress: 

The Productivity Effects of Labour Demand Shocks: Evidence from India 

Investment under Uncertainty: Child Labour and Schooling in the Presence of Uninsured Risk
(FEEM Award Winner 2013) 

Consumption Smoothing and the Welfare Cost of Uncertainty 
with Yonas Alem 
 
The Causal Effect of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Evidence from French Manufacturing Plants 
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muuls and Ulrich Wagner

The Transmission of Localised Productivity Shocks in a Globalised World
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muuls and Ulrich Wagner

Additionality and the Clean Development Mechanism: Evidence from India
with Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Caterina Gennaioli, Matthieu Glachant and Anna Schröeder.


Other Writing:

What Can We Learn from the Weather? Interpreting the New Climate-Economy Literature.

Urbanisation, Growth, and Development: Evidence from India

The Impact of the EU ETS: Assessing the Evidence after 10 years
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, and Ulrich Wagner

with Ralf Martin and Antoine Dechezleprêtre

with Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness, and Gabriel Zucman