Years at SKEMA Business School: 2



Skills & Interests 
 English; French.
International Business, Foreign Direct Investment, Economic Development, Applied Econometrics
Scholarly Academic
Academic Degrees 
Doctorat  Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, 2005.
MSc  Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, International and Development Economics, 2002.
Other  Sciences Po Paris, 2000.
Work Experience 
Professor in Finance, SKEMA Business School (July, 2017 - Present), Paris La Défense, France.
Reader, University of Strathlcyde (2007 - 2017), Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Post-doc, Universite Catholique de Louvain (2006 - 2007), Louvain, Belgium.
Intellectual contributions
Articles in Journals 
FRANSSEN, L., & Desbordes, R. (2019).  Foreign Direct Investment and Productivity: A Cross-Country, Multisector Analysis.   Asian Development Review, 36 (1), 54-79.
DESBORDES, R., Koop, G., & Vicard, V. (2018).  One size does not fit all... Panel data: Bayesian model averaging and data poolability.   Economic Modelling, 75, 364-376, doi:
DESBORDES, R., DAVIES, R., & RAY, A. (2018).  Greenfield versus Merger & Acquisition FDI: Same Wine, Different Bottles?   Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne D'Economique, 51 (4), 1151-1190, doi:
DESBORDES, R., & FRANSSEN, L. (in press, 2018).  Foreign Direct Investment and Productivity: A Cross-Country, Multisector, Analysis.   Asian Development Review.
DESBORDES, R., & WEI, S. (2017).  The effects of financial development on foreign direct investment.   Journal of Development Economics, 127, 153-168.
Desbordes, R., & Wei, S.J. (2017).  Foreign direct investment and external financing conditions: Evidence from normal and crisis times.   Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 119 (4), 1129-1166.
Desbordes, R., & Koop, G. (2016).  Should we care about the uncertainty around measures of political-economic development?   Journal of Comparative Economics, 44 (3), 752-763.
Davies, R., & Desbordes, R. (2015).  Greenfield FDI and skill upgrading: a polarised issue.   Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne D'Economique, 48 (1), 207-244.
Azémar, C., & Desbordes, R. (2013).  External finance dependence and FDI responsiveness to corporate taxes.   Applied Economics Letters, 20 (6), 1472-1476.
Azémar, C., & Desbordes, R. (2013).  Has the Lucas paradoc been fully explained?   Economics Letters.
Azémar, C., Darby, J., & Desbordes, R. (2012).  Market familiarity and the location of South and North MNEs.   Economics and Politics, 24 (3), 307-345.
Desbordes, R., & Verardi, V. (2012).  A robust instrumental variables estimator.   The Stata Journal, 12 (2), 169-181.
Desbordes, R., & Verardi, V. (2012).  Refitting the Kuznets curve.   Economics Letters, 116 (2), 258-261.
Desbordes, R. (2011).  The non-linear impact of life expectancy on economic growth.   Economics Letters, 112 (1), 116-118.
Azémar, C., & Desbordes, R. (2010).  Short-run strategies for attracting foreign direct investment.   World Economy, 33 (7), 928-957.
Desbordes, R. (2010).  Global and diplomatic political risks and foreign direct investment.   Economics and Politics, 22 (1), 92-125.
Desbordes, R., & Vicard, V. (2009).  Bilateral investment treaties and foreign direct investment, an international political perspective.   Journal of Comparative Economics, 37 (3), 372-386.
Azémar, C., & Desbordes, R. (2009).  Public governance, health and foreign direct investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.   Journal of African Economies, 18 (7), 667-709.
Boucekkine, R., Desbordes, R., & Latzer, H. (2009).  How do epidemics induce behavioral changes?   Journal of Economic Growth, 14 (3), 233-264.
Desbordes, R., & Vauday, J. (2007).  The political influence of foreign firms in developing countries.   Economics and Politics, 19 (3), 421-451.
Desbordes, R. (2007).  The sensitivy of U.S. multinational companies to institutional and macroeconomic uncertainty: a sectoral analysis.   International Business Review, 16 (6), 732-750.
Azémar, C., Desbordes, R., & Mucchielli, J.L. (2007).  Do tax sparing agreements contribute to the attraction of FDI in developing countries?   International Tax and Public Finance, 14 (5), 543-562.
Chapters, Cases, Readings, Supplements 
Dehon, C., Desbordes, R., & Verardi, V. (2014). The pitfalls of ignoring outliers in instrumental variables estimations: an application to the deep determinants of development. In J. Beran, Y. Feng, H. Hebbel (Ed.), Empirical Economic and Financial Research: Theory, Methods and Practices (Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Applied Econometrics, vol.48) (pp. 195-213). Springer. 
Darby, J., Desbordes, R., & Wooton, I. (2013). Institutional quality and FDI to the South: an analytical approach. In S. Beugelsdijk, S. Brakman J.H., Garretsen H. van Ees (Ed.), Firms in the International Economy: Firm Heterogeneity Meets International Business (pp. 153-172). MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
Desbordes, R., & Vicard, V. (2006). Being nice makes you attractive. In A. Ali (Ed.), Issues in the Design of Development policies. Arab Planning Institute. 
Azémar, C., Desbordes, R., & Mucchielli, J.L. (2005). Public institutions and relationships with multinationals corporations' location decisions. In A. Giroud, A. Mohr, D. Yang (Ed.), Multinationals and Asia: Organizational and institutional relationships (pp. 146-172). Routledge. 
Azémar, C., Desbordes, R., & Mucchielli, J.L. (2004). Public governance as a key determinant of FDI. In S. Perrin and F. Sachwald (Eds.), Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries: Leveraging the role of multinationals (pp. 23-51). Agence Française de Développement.. 
Conference Presentations 
Davies, R. & DESBORDES, R. (2018). Measuring the Impact of SEZs on FDI: An Empirical Assessment.  Asia FDI Forum IV Special Economic Zones Issues & Implication for investment law, Hong Kong, China- Hong Kong.
DESBORDES, R., BONO, P., David, Q., & PY, L. (2018, December). Urban infrastructures and city attractiveness for FDI.  Fourth Conference AFSE-DG Tresor, Paris, France.
Other Research 
2018: DESBORDES, R., Le Grand Paris Express attirera-t-il des capitaux étrangers ?   [Basic or Discovery Scholarship]
2018: DESBORDES, R., Grand Paris : l'attractivité réinventée de la métropole.   [Basic or Discovery Scholarship]
2018: DESBORDES, R., Le Grand Paris Express aura un impact fort s'il est réalisé dans son intégralité.   [Basic or Discovery Scholarship]
Professional Service 
PhD supervision (students from other institutions)
2012 – 2016:  First supervisor of Paul Smith and Loe Franssen (PhD awarded in 2015 and 2016); Mark Bamber and Ayse Yaylali. Also, second supervisor. (International).
Reviewer: Reviewer for a Journal
2007 – 2017:  Economics and Politics, European Economic Review,International Business Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Review of International Economics... (International).