Profile


I am professor of research in economics at the CNRS, professor at the University Clermont Auvergne, CERDI, and professor of development economics at the Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics where I hold the chair of development economics. Prior to joining CNRS and CERDI, I was senior research fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and team leader of the `Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions’ research group.

As development economist with broad disciplinary interests at the frontier of evidence-based policy, quantitative empirics and theory, my research veers around various topics in development (programme evaluation and field experiments, public finances, fiscal evasion and informality, taxation, gender equality, women empowerment, sustainable human development, intergenerational mobility, demography and health, poverty analysis, trade) and in applied econometrics (panel data, nonparametric methods, structural econometrics). I am also interested in, and have worked on topics in economic theory. My works have been published in peer review academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Macroeconomic Dynamics, the Journal of Macroeconomics, the Economic Theory. I am Guest Editor of the Macroeconomic Dynamics special issue on `Technology Aspects in the Process of Development’, and Guest Editor of the Structural Change and Economic Dynamics special issue on `Innovation, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’.

Besides my research, I have also acquired a first-hand operation experience of conducting effective policy dialogues and negotiations with multiple development actors, which has allowed me to engage into high-level diplomatic interchanges with developing country leaders.

I held a Ph.D. and a Master’s in economics, both from the University of Strasbourg.