Awards and Juries

The winner of the 2018 Young Author’s Prize is Marine Haddad

PhD candidate in sociology at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (Sciences Po Paris) and the Laboratoire de Sociologie Quantitative (CREST)

For the article: “Migration from French Overseas Departments to Metropolitan France: What We Can Learn about a State Policy from theCensuses, 1962-1999

This article offers new perspectives for demographic analysis of four French overseas départements (DOM): Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Réunion. What are the effects of public population policies, notably those implemented by the Office for DOM migration (Bureau pour la migration des DOM, Bumidom, 1963-1981) and its successors, on migration to metropolitan France? French census data from 1968 to 1999 are used to measure the size and structure of migration flows over time, as well as their scale, expressed as a proportion of the DOM populations. Using difference-in-difference regressions, this study assesses the effects of the policies implemented by the Bumidom. It shows that while the Bumidom accelerated the growth of migration flows, they were also fuelled by the socioeconomic gap between the DOMs and the mainland. Given that places in higher education and the share of high school graduates in the DOMs are not increasing at the same pace, the rise of educational aspirations also appears to be a push factor. A comparison of DOM residents remaining at home and those who migrate to the metropolis shows that since 1968 the latter have been characterized by a higher level of education.

  International jury

President: Manuel Ordorica Mellado (El Colegio de México)
Members: Carlo-Giovani Camarda (INED, France)
Christophe Guilmoto (CEPED/IRD, France)
Karel Neels (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Aline Désesquelles (INED, France, editor-in-chief of Population)

2018 selection process

For this third edition of Population’s Young Author’s Prize, authors were requested to submit their texts by 15 November 2017. To be eligible, they had to be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD programme or have defended their PhD thesis less than 7 years before. Articles could be written either by the candidate alone or with other “young” researchers. The jury received 17 submissions.
A first selection, based on the criteria of scientific solidity and editorial strength and relevance, reduced the number of candidate articles to 6, all of which were then evaluated anonymously by one jury member and two experts from outside the jury. When the jury met on 5 February 2018, each of the 6 texts and evaluations were presented by a jury member*. The ensuing jury discussion focused on the articles’ scientific quality and methodological rigour, as well as the originality of the research question and findings. On this basis the jury deliberated and held a vote to determine the winning article. The other candidates in the first selection will be sent referee evaluations and juror comments to assist them in future submissions.
* In this stage the jury was assisted by two editors-in-chief, Anne Solaz and Olivia Samuel, who did not participate in the vote.


A total of 17 articles entered this year’s competition for the Young Author’s Prize organized by Population. Most of the papers received were considered to be of good quality. The texts were very varied, reflecting the most important current problems of the studies of population and the diverse centres of interest of young researchers around the world. Authors from four continents – Europe, Africa, Asia and America – submitted a total of 8 articles in English and 9 in French. This shows the strong influence of the journal in the English-speaking world. Out of the 17 papers, 7 were written by a man and 10 by a woman. Many of the themes correspond to the traditional areas of demography: mortality, fertility, nuptiality and migration. However, the fields of interest have been extended to morbidity, religion, reproductive health, youth, gender violence, among others. The papers show the use of modern and powerful statistical techniques applied to demography and many of them combine quantitative and qualitative approaches.