Political Economy Faculty 2017-10-11T15:55:24+00:00

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Public Policy Workshop

Gani Aldashev is a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and research affiliate of the Centre for Research in the Economics of Development (CRED) at the University of Namur.
He received his B.A. in International Economics from the American University of Paris, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan). His main research interests are in development economics, political economics, and economic history.

Political Economy

Laurent Bouton holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Université libre de Bruxelles, ECARES, 2009). He is a FNRS Research Associate at the Universite libre de Bruxelles (Fellow at ECARES) and Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. He is a Faculty Research Fellow of the NBER, and a Research Affiliate of the CEPR. His main research interest is political economy.

Microeconomics

Micael CastanheiraMicael Castanheira (SBS-EM) is a senior research fellow with the Belgian National Science Foundation and works at ECARES and a professor at Solvay, where he also teaches microeconomics and political economics. His main research topics include the political economics of collective decisions, and of reforms.

Micael is a contributor to leading scientific journals, such as Econometrica, The Journal of the European Economic Association, The Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance and the Journal of Public Economics. He is also a member of the scientific board of the Price Observatory of the Belgian government and the National Bank of Belgium, and has worked as an external expert for several companies and institutions (a.o. the World Bank, and the Bertelsmann Foundation)

International Trade

Paola Conconi is a Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS).

She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bologna, a M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy.

She is a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program and the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development.

Mathematical Methods (BOOTCAMP)

Thomas Demuynck has a Phd in Economics (Ghent University, 2008). He held a postdoc position at the K.U.Leuven from 2009 until 2013 and held a position at Maastricht University from 2013 until 2016. He’s currently professor of economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES).

His main research interests are revealed preference theory, choice and demand theory and theoretical economics in general.

Mathematical Methods (BOOTCAMP)

Bram De Rock holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics (KULeuven, 2006) and a Ph.D. in Economics (KULeuven, 2007). He teaches advanced mathematics courses to students in economics at SBS-EM. His research interests are household consumer behavior, revealed preference theory and nonparametric production and efficiency analysis.

European Economic Policy: Food and Industrial Policies

Mathematical Methods (BOOTCAMP)

gassnerMarjorie Gassner holds a PhD in Mathematics, ULB (1989). Her main research fields are Political Economics and Collective Decisions. She is member of CRISP and CEVIPOL. She teaches mathematics at ULB.

Impact Evaluation

Tatiana Goetghebuer obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Namur (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof.Jean-Philippe Platteau. She has been working at ADE (a large consultancy firm) for the last 5 years as a consultant in evaluation, and became the head of the Impact Evaluation Unit. She has been involved in many different impact evaluations for the Belgian government and for other bilateral donors and international organisations, including evaluation design, first hand data collection, drafting reports and results communication to policy makers. She has working experience in Tanzania, Peru, Burundi, Rwanda and Mali among others. She teaches impact evaluation in practice at Solvay Business School and at Namur University.  Her academic work has been published in the Journal of Development Economics.

Microeconomics

Georg Kirchsteiger holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Vienna (1993). Before he moved to Brussels in 2004, he worked at the University of Vienna, at the CentER in Tilburg, and at the University of Maastricht. In 2000 he received the Hicks-Tinbergen Medal of the EEA (with E. Fehr and A. Riedl).

Public Policy Workshop

Public Policy Workshop

International Trade

Mathieu Parenti joined the Université Libre de Bruxelles as an Assistant Professor of Economics in September 2015. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Université Catholique de Louvain. He has received his Ph.D. in Economics at the Paris School of Economics in 2012.

His research is at the intersection of International Trade and Industrial Organization.

European Economic Policy: Food and Industrial Policies

Public Policy Workshop

Impact Evaluation

Philip Verwimp obtained his PhD in Economics in 2003 from  KU Leuven where his doctoral work was supervised by prof.Stefan Dercon and prof.Lode Berlage. He spent 1,5 years at Yale University, first during his PhD as a Fellow from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and then as a post-doc with a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. Philip specialises in the economic causes and consequences of conflict at the micro-level. He has done quantitative work on the death toll of the Rwandan genocide and on the demography of post-genocide Rwanda.  In 2004 he received the Jacques Rozenberg Award from the Auschwitz Foundation for his dissertation. He taught Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies (now Erasmus University of Rotterdam) in The Hague and at the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Utrecht and was a research fellow from the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders, Belgium).  He held  the Marie and Alain Philippson Chair in Sustainable Human Development at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management from 2010 to 2015. Philip is currently engaged in longitudinal studies of health, schooling and nutrition in Burundi where he is the lead researcher in a partnership between his university and UNICEF-Burundi, involving a.o. impact evaluation. In the fall of 2013 Philip visited UC Berkeley for a semester. His work has been published in AER, JDE, EDCC, JHR, WBER among others.

Macroeconomics

Energy Economics

Financial Economics

Health Economics

Anne Hall holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and is currently a researcher in Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce. Anne’s areas of interest include health, public finance, applied econometrics, and industrial organization.

Labor Markets and Policies

Environmental Economics

Alex Marten is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and an economist at the National Center for Environmental Economics (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). He holds a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University. His current research interests include electricity sector modeling/analysis, energy economics, and climate change economics.

Environmental Economics

Steve Newbold works as an economist & environmental policy analyst at the National Center for Environmental Economics (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis. His general research areas include ecological and economic modeling for environmental policy evaluation, especially benefit-cost analysis.

Data Analysis

Franco Peracchi is the Director of Masters Programs in Economics and a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University. He is also a Fellow of the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in Rome, Italy. After receiving a MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the LSE, and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University, he taught at UCLA, NYU, Universidad Carlos III and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research interests include econometrics, labor and health economics, and the economics of social security and pensions. He is currently working on a variety of issues including long-term effects of growing up in wartime, cognitive decline among the elderly, distribution regression and approaches to model selection.

Open-Economy Macroeconomics

Data Analysis

Monetary Theory and Policy

Data Analysis

Francis Vella received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1990 and is currently a Professor and the Edmond Villani Chair in Economics in the Economics Department at Georgetown University. His field of research is in the development and application of microeconometric methods.

Law and Economics