Andrew Clark

February 2016

  Andrew Clark

PSE, Ecole normale supérieure 
48 boulevard Jourdan 
75014 Paris
Tel : 33 (0)1 43 13 63 29 
Fax: 33 (0)1 43 13 63 10

CNRS Directeur de recherche/Research Professor.  

  Photo: Aurore Bagarry (

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Acronym information (AKA "PSE, PSE. So good they named it twice"): I used to be at DELTA, but now I'm at PSE. That's because DELTA merged with CERAS and the two research groups of CEPREMAP to form PSE, which thus now has four different governing bodies (CNRS-EHESS-ENPC-ENS). I hope that everything is now clear. But of course, four is not really enough, so in January 2010 we merged with INRA-LEA (who are already on the Jourdan campus), adding the INRA as a fifth governing body.

Oh, and PSE is sort of joining forces with (some of) University Paris 1 to form the Paris School of Economics. To sum up, I am at PSE, which is part of PSE.


Research Interests

Applied Microeconomics. The use of job and life satisfaction data to analyse labour market phenomena. Modelling the utility function: comparisons and habituation. Social interactions, and social learning. Job quality. The economic analysis of drug markets and cigarette consumption. Generallly funky stuff.

Thèmes de recherche

Microéconomie Appliquée. L'analyse du marché du travail en faisant appel aux données sur la satisfaction dans le travail et la satisfaction dans la vie. La modélisation de la fonction d'utilité : normes, comparaisons et accoutumance. Les interactions sociales et l'apprentissage social. La qualité de l'emploi. L'analyse économique de la consommation des produits à risque. 

CV here! A Full CV in PDF format is here.




Social Science Citations Index: 5100
Google Scholar (Top 5): 8400

On Tour!

Perhaps appearing in a lecture theatre somewhere near you soon...

July 2015 ECINEQ (Luxembourg)
October 2015 ISQOLS (Phoenix)
November 2015 Kingston University, Asia-Pacific Workshop on Subjective Well-Being: Measurement and Policy Use (Daejon, South Korea)
December 2015 Rencontres d'Aussois, Aussois
January 2016 HEIRS Economics, Health and Happiness (Lugano), Leeds University Business School, Interdisciplinary Challenges in Wellbeing Research (Marseilles)
February 2016 University of Orléans, University of Ottawa, LSE
March 2016 Kingston University, University of Kent, Subjective well-being in Singapore
May 2016 University of Basel
June 2016 D-TEA (Paris), UCL, City University of New York
August 2016 IARIW (Dresden)
October 2016 Subjective Survey Data in Labour Market Research (Trier)
November 2016 International Conference on Well-being: National Accounts of Happiness and Social Development, Singapore


I teach in the Master's Programmes at the EHESS/Paris 1, and at Paris 1/Paris V.

Here are some ideas for Master's Dissertation Topics.

Subjects for the APE/ETE Masters Course, some of which also appear in the Economics and Psychology Masters Course:

  1. Income Comparisons, the Easterlin Paradox and Public Policy: Presentation1, Presentation2, Document1, Document2.
  2. Self-Employment: Presentation1, Document1.
  3. Subjective Well-Being in the Labour Market: Wages, Compensating Differentials and Rents; and Unemployment Benefits. Presentation1, Presentation2, Document1, Document2.
  4. Job Quality and Worker Effort:  Presentation1, Presentation2, Document1, Document2.
  5. Employment, Unions and Politicians: Presentation1, Presentation2, Document1, Document2.
  6. Gender and labour market outcomes: Presentation1, Document1.

Other subjects for the Economics and Psychology Masters Course

  1. Measurement and Validity: Presentation
  2. Reading list for the above presentation.

PhD Students

  1. Luke Haywood, “Qualité de l’Emploi dans le Marché du Travail”. Co-direction with Jean-Marc Robin. December 2012. (DIW Berlin)
  2. Alan Piper, “The Happiness of the Young in Great Britain: The Role of Education”. Co-direction with Geoff Pugh and Nick Adnett. March 2013. (University of Flensburg)
  3. Jason Gagnon, “Three Essays on Migration and Labour Markets in Developing Countries”. April 2014. (OECD)
  4. Se-eun Jung, “Essays on Risk Aversion and Labor Markets”. June 2014. (Cergy-Pontoise)
  5. Sarah Flèche. “Essays in Happiness Economics: Local and Regional Perspectives and Global Trends”. Co-direction with Claudia Senik. October 2014. (LSE)
  6. Abel Brodeur, “Essays on Behavioural Economics”. August 2015. (Ottawa)
  7. Augustin Vicard, “Six essais sur l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes et l’utilisation de variables subjectives en économie de la santé”. December 2015 (INSEE)

  1. Claudia Hupkau, “Essays on Behavioral Economics and Poverty”. Co-direction with François Maniquet.
  2. Damien Vandendriessche, “Measuring Well-Being”.
  3. Arthur Souletié, “The Causes and Consequences of Risky Behaviours”.  
  4. Anthony Lepinteur. “The Disutility of Work”. Co-direction with David Margolis.

London School of Economics, 1989.
Visiting Assistant Professor Dartmouth College, 1989-1991
Senior Research Officer University of Essex, 1991-1993
Visiting Research Fellow CEPREMAP, 1993-1994
Visiting Research Fellow DELTA, 1994-1995
Consultant OECD,1995-1997
Chargé de Recherche, CNRS University of Orléans, 1997-2000
Directeur de Recherche, CNRS University of Orléans, 2000-2001
Directeur de Recherche, CNRS DELTA/PSE, 2001-


Some Links

Many many interesting things about fairness and well-being research can be found in the following places

Dubious Links between Research and Music Department.

Identify the Lyrics Department. Know which songs these come from? Then you may win a great prize*
* You probably won't win anything at all.
** Not true! We have a winner. Alan Piper of Flensburg correctly identified this as an MC Lyte lyric (Paper Thin). He won a German version of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers (which I had bought in error)
*** And another! Abel Brodeur, via a circuitous route, identified this is as coming from "Willie Jones" by the Charlie Daniels Band. He won a chocolate elephant.

Activités Annexes : Kingston University (5-25K Euros) ; LSE (25K+ Euros).