Public economics - PSE, EHESS (2019-2020)

    This course is jointly taught with Julien Grenet and Thomas Piketty. The objective is to present an introduction to public economics, with special emphasis on the history of taxation, public spending and state formation, normative theories of government intervention and redistribution, and the incidence of tax and transfer policies, both in developed countries and in the developing world [Syllabus].


  • PSE teaching web site (restricted access)

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Public Economics [Slides]

  • Lecture 5: Taxation of goods and services [Slides]

  • Lecture 6: Labour taxation (1) [Slides]

  • Lecture 7: Labour taxation (2) [Slides]

  • Lecture 11: Corporate taxation [Slides]

Ageing and public policies - PSE, EHESS (2019-2020)

    The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the economics of population ageing, with a particular focus on pensions. At the end of the course, students should have a knowledge of the structure of pension systems in at least one country ; be familiar with basic economic concepts and methods relating to demography, social insurance, pension and elderly care; have an understanding of some of the key behavioural effects of mandated public pension systems, including those on labour supply, saving and consumption; have an understanding of the main normative analysis of social insurance; be able to analyse, using relevant economic concepts and methods, a number of issues in pension policy, such as the relative merits of different forms of pension systems and reform options [Syllabus].


  • PSE teaching web site (restricted access)

  • Lecture 1: Measuring ageing [Slides]

  • Lecture 2: Institutional design of pensions [Slides]

  • Lecture 3: Pensions, savings and capital markets [Slides]

  • Lecture 4: Pensions, retirement and labour markets [Slides]

  • Lecture 5: Poverty, redistribution and old age [Slides]

  • Lecture 6: Long-term care for the elderly [Slides]

  • Lecture 7: Designing pension reforms (1) [Slides]

  • Lecture 8: Designing pension reforms (2): the NDC option [Slides]

Microsimulation techniques - PSE, EHESS (2018-2019)

    This course is jointly taught with Mahdi Ben Jelloul and Anne-Sophie Robillard. The past decade has seen the rapid development of microsimulation models and techniques for the evaluation of public policies. Microsimulation models are models that start with large-scale representative surveys of households or individuals to which are added several kinds of information: data from other surveys and databases, imputations and statistical matches, programme rules, and behavioural assumptions. The purpose of this course is to present microsimulation models and techniques that have been implemented and used both in developed and developing countries. [Syllabus].


  • PSE teaching web site (restricted access)

  • Lecture 1: Static microsimulation techniques [Slides]

  • Lecture 2: Dynamic microsimulation techniques [Slides]