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[Photo: Simon FRANKLIN] Dr Simon FRANKLIN
Research Economist - Urban Programme
Email: s.franklin1@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.28 A  



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Expertise: Labour, Development, and Urban Economics. Randomized Controlled Trials.

Biography:

I work on urban policies in African cities. Firstly, I look at the impacts of large social transfers (such as housing projects, unemployment assistance, and other social grants) on recipients of these programs, the distribution of income and opportunity, and on labour markets in large cities. Secondly, I am interested in the construction of urban infrastructure, such as roads and housing, and their impacts on the spatial distribution of economic activity and frictions in labour markets. Finally, I work on the functioning of labour markets in cities, and the experiences and incentives of unemployed young people while looking for work. My work uses labour, household and firm micro-data, and relies on field experiments to identify casual relationships between policies and individual outcomes.

CEP Publications

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Matching Firms and Workers in a Field Experiment in Ethiopia Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Marcel Fafchamps, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin, Simon Quinn and Forhad Shilpi
October 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0225:
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JEL Classification: O18; J22; J24; J61; J64


Tags: matching; labour; job-search; firms; recruitment; experiment

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Anonymity or Distance? Job Search and Labour Market Exclusion in a Growing African City Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Marcel Fafchamps, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin and Simon Quinn
October 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0224:
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JEL Classification: O18; J22; J24; J61; J64; M53

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Location, Search Costs and Youth Unemployment: Experimental Evidence from Transport Subsidies in Addis Ababa Simon Franklin
May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0199:
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JEL Classification: J64; C93; J61; O18


Tags: job search; spatial mismatch; unemployment; cash constraints; urban; transpor

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Enabled to Work: The Impact of Government Housing on Slum Dwellers in South Africa Simon Franklin
May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0197:
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JEL Classification: P14; J22; O18; D13


Tags: housing; labour supply; time allocation; home production