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Jean-Francois Maystadt

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Jean-Francois Maystadt

Research Associate Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS

Professor at Economic School of Louvain, UCLouvain and Lancaster University

Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Economic Geography, Political Economy, Global Health

I am a development economist specialized in the study of Conflicts, Climate Change  and Migration. My current research is related to the causes and consequences of conflicts and forced migration mainly in developing countries. My research has been cited in President Biden's Annual Economic Report.

I obtained a PhD in Economics from the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) under the supervision of Jacques Thisse in 2010. During my PhD, I was a research fellow at the Center for Operational Research and Econometrics (CORE). I then held research positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, Washington DC, 2010-2014) and Center for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS, 2012-2014) at KU Leuven and the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp (2018-2020). I hold a fractional appointment at Lancaster University where I was working full time between August 2014 and August 2018.

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Temporary Border Controls and the Stock Market: Evidence from the Schengen Area

With Adam Levai


Refugees, Child Health, and Malaria Transmission in Africa

With O. Dagnelie and A. M. Mayda

Road to Sustainable Development in SSA

NEW Project with Luisito Bertinelli (PDR-WEAVE, jointly supported by FNRS and FNR)

Refugees, Diversity and Conflict in sub-Saharan Africa (R&R

With R. Comertpay and L. Bertinelli

The gravity of distance: Evidence from a trade embargo

with A. Al-Malk and M. Zanardi

International migration, Remittances and remaining households: Evidence from a Trade Embargo

With A. Al-Malk and M. Navarro Paniagua


Does perceived labor market competition increase prejudice between refugees and their local hosts? Evidence from Uganda and Ethiopia.

with J. Bousquet, A. Gasten, M. Kadigo, and C. Salemi.



25 peer-reviewed international publications since 2012

Google scholar (12/06/2023): 2714 citations; H-index: 22

Ecker, Al-Malk, and Maystadt (2023) Can unconditional cash transfers mitigate the impact of civil conflict on acute child malnutrition Yemen? Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming

Kadigo and Maystadt (2023) How to cope with a Refugee Shock? Evidence from Uganda. World Development

Beshir and Maystadt (2023) Price shocks and human capital: Timing matters. Economic Development and Cultural Change

Hao, Ding, Xie, Fu, Qian, Ide, Maystadt, Chen, Ge and Jiang (2022) Varying climatic-social-geographical patterns shape the conflict risk at regional and global scales. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications Nature 9, 276

Maystadt and Migali (2021)The transmission of health across 7 generations in China, 1789-1906. Journal of Health Economics 79(15): 102493.

Stoop, Hirvonen and Maystadt (2021) Institutional mistrust and child vaccination coverage in Africa. BMJ Global Health, 6 (4): 1-9.

Beine, Bertinelli, Comertpay, Litina, and Maystadt (2021) A gravity analysis of refuge mobility using mobile phone data. Journal of Development Economics 150: 102618. 

Mach, Adger, Buhaug, Burke, Fearon, Field, Hendrix, Kraan, Maystadt, O’Loughin, Roessler, Schreffan, Schultz, and von Uexkull (2020) Directions for Research on Climate and Conflict. Earth's Future 8(7): 3-7.

Maystadt, Mueller, Van Den Hoek and van Weezel (2020) Vegetation changes attributable to refugees in Africa coincide with agricultural deforestation. Environmental Research Letters 15(4): 044008.

Beshir and Maystadt (2020) In utero seasonal food insecurity and cognitive development: Evidence on gender imbalances from Ethiopia. Journal of African Economies 29(4): 412-431.

Mach, Kraan, Adger, Buhaug, Burke, Fearon, Field, Hendrix, Maystadt, O’Loughin, Roessler, Scheffran,

Schultz and 

von Uexkull (2019) Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict. NATURE 571: 193-197.

Dagnelie, Mayda and Maystadt (2019) Labor market integration of refugees to the U.S.: Do entrepreneurs in the network help? European Economic Review, 111, 257-272.

Maystadt, Hirvonen, Mabiso, and Vandercasteelen (2019) Impacts of Hosting Forced Migrants in Poor Countries. Annual Review of Resource Economics, 11, 439-459.

Maystadt and Duranton (2019) The Development Push of Refugees: Evidence from Tanzania. Journal of Economic Geography, 19(2), 299-334.

Maystadt and Salihu (2019) The political economy of intergovernmental transfers: Evidence from Nigeria. Journal of Economic Geography, 19(5), 1119-1142.

Dagnelie, De Luca and Maystadt (2018) Violence, Selection and Infant Mortality in Congo. Journal of Health Economics, 59, 153-177.

Jiliang, and Maystadt (2017) The impact of weather variations on maize yields and household income: Income diversification as adaptation in rural China. Global Environmental Change, 42, 93-106.

Marchiori, Maystadt and Schumacher (2017) Is climate-induced income variability a driver of migration? A macro-economic perspective. Migration & Development, 6(1), 33-59.

Maystadt, Calderone and You (2015) Local Warming and Violent Conflict in North and South Sudan. Journal of Economic Geography 15, 649-671.

Maystadt, Mueller and Sebastian (2016) Environmental Migration and labor markets in Nepal. Journal of the Association of Resource and Environmental Economists, 3(2), 417-452.

Maystadt and Ecker (2014) Extreme Weather and Civil War: Does Drought Fuel Conflict in Somalia through Livestock Price Shocks? American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96(4), 1157-1182.

Maystadt, De Luca, Sekeris and Ulimwengu (2014) Mineral resources and conflicts in the DRC: A case of Ecological Fallacy. Oxford Economic Papers, 66, 721-749.

Maystadt, Trinh Tan and Breisinger (2014) Does Food Security Matter for Transition in Arab Countries. Food Policy, 46, 106-115.

Maystadt and Verwimp (2014)  Winners and Losers Among a Refugee-Hosting Population. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2014, 62(4), 769-809.

Marchiori, Maystadt and Schumacher (2012) Weather Variations and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2012, 63(3),355-374.

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  • Hernandez, M., O. Ecker, P. Laderach, and JF Maystadt. 2023. Forced Migration : Fragility, Resilience, and Policy Responses. Chapter 7 in International Food Policy Research Institute. 2023. 2023 Global Food Policy Report: Rethinking Food Crisis Responses. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute. 

  • Guichard, L., J. Machado and J.-F. Maystadt. 2022. The Location of Asylum Seekers in Europe Before and After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. CESifo Forum 23 (4): 21-27.

  • Guichard, L., J. Machado and J.-F. Maystadt. 2022. Refugees ukrainiens : un besoin de coordination renforce. Regards Economiques 170, April 2022.

  • Guichard, L., J. Machado and J.-F. Maystadt. 2022. The Ukrainian Exodus Calls for Better Coordination in the European Asylum Policy. LISER Policy Brief 04, April 2022.

  • Beine, M., L. Bertinelli, R. Comertpay, A. Litina, and J.-F Maystadt. 2019. Refugee mobility. Evidence from Phone Data in Turkey. In A.A. Salah, A. Pentland, B. Lepri, and E.  Letouzé. (Eds) Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in refugee Scenarios. Springer. pages 433-449.

  • Maystadt, J.-F. and C. Breisinger. 2015. The EU refugee crisis: the tip of a global iceberg. IFPRI Policy Brief, forthcoming. (peer-reviewed)

  • Calderone, M., D. Headey, and J.-F. Maystadt. 2014. “Resilience to Climate-Induced Conflict in the Horn of Africa.” (chapter 8) In Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security, edited by S. Fan, R. Pandya-Lorch, and S. Yosef, 65-73. Washington, DC: IFPRI (peer-reviewed)

  • Mabiso, A., J.-F. Maystadt, J. Vandercasteelen, and K. Hirvonen. 2014. “Resilience for Food Security in Refugee-Hosting Communities” In Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security, edited by S. Fan, R. Pandya-Lorch, and S. Yosef, 45-52. Washington, DC: IFPRI. (peer-reviewed)

  • Breisinger, C., O. Ecker, J.-F. Maystadt, J.-F. Trinh Tan, P. Al-Riffai, K. Bouzar, A. Sma, and M. Abdelgadir. 2014. (chapter 2)“Food Security Policies for Building Resilience to Conflict” In Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security, edited by S. Fan, R. Pandya-Lorch, and S. Yosef, 37-44. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute. (peer-reviewed)

  • Breisinger, C., O. Ecker, J.-F. Maystadt, J.-F. Trinh Tan, P. Al-Riffai, K. Bouzar, A. Sma, and M. Abdelgadir. 2014. How to Build Resilience to Conflict. The Role of Food Security. IFPRI Monograph. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute. (peer-reviewed)

  • Naudé, N., J.-F. Maystadt, A. de Brauw, R. Lucas, F. Gubert, F. Wouterse, H. de Haas (2013) The development potential of migration. WCAO Thematic Research Note 04. April 2013.

  • Maystadt, J.-F. and V. Mueller. 2012. Environmental Migrants : A Myth ? IFPRI Research Brief 18.

  • Maystadt J.-F. 2004. Micro-finance au Nord: Un effet de mode importé du Sud ?  Mondes en Développement 32(126), 69-82. (peer-reviewed)

  • Maystadt J.-F. 2004 La Micro-finance peut-elle fonctionner au Nord ? Apprentissage Sud-Nord, ed. Luc Pire, 175 pages. (Book)

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