Sandrine Mesplé-Somps

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), and UMR DIAL IRD–Paris Dauphine, France

I’m glad to be part of this innovative project. I hope that World of Labor will help policymakers and academics to learn about migration and female genital mutilation, both very complex phenomena

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Research Fellow, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France

Research interest

Impact of migration on origin countries, social and political norms, urbanization in Africa, public policy impact evaluation, economic history of Africa, development economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the AFD, France; Consultant to the World Bank; Consultant to the OECD.


PhD Development Economics, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1995

Selected publications

  • “Do migrants adopt new political attitudes from abroad? Evidence using a multi-sited exit-poll survey during the 2013 Malian elections.” Comparative Migration Studies (Forthcoming) (with L. Chauvet and F. Gubert).

  • “Migrants' home town associations and local development in Mali.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 117:2 (2015): 686–722 (with L. Chauvet, F. Guvert, and M. Mercier).

  • “The impact of natural disasters on education outcomes: Evidence from the 1987-89 locust plague in Mali.” Journal of African Economies 24:1 (2015): 57–100 (with P. De Vreyer and N. Guilbert).

  • “Development at the border: Policies and national integration in Côte d’Ivoire and its neighbors.” World Bank Economic Review 29:1 (2015): 41–71 (with D. Cogneau and G. Spielvogel).

  • “Aid, remittances, medical brain drain and child mortality evidence using inter and intra-country data.” Journal of Development Studies 49:6 (2013): 801–818.