Andrew Clark

October 2018

  Andrew Clark

PSE, Ecole normale supérieure 
48 boulevard Jourdan 
75014 Paris
Tel : 33 (0)1 80 52 18 54

CNRS Directeur de recherche/Research Professor.  

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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.

And to prove it's true, we have finally moved to a new building, still on the Jourdan campus. And we were all happy ever after (apart from the shutters that don't shut). 

But wait! PSE may well become part of PSL, and has a new programme called PGSE. And no, I am not making this up.


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: 7700
Google Scholar (Top 5): 11300

On Tour!

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

April 2018 USC Happiness Conference (Los Angeles)
May 2018 Augustin Cournot Doctoral Days (Strasbourg)
June 2018 City University of New York
July 2018 Redistribution and Preferences Conference (Kyoto), SOEP Users' Conference (Berlin)
August 2018 Economics and well-being Conference (Park City , Utah), IARIW Conference (Copenhagen)
September 2018 EALE Conference (Lyon), Vienna Institute of Demography
November 2018 INED, Cergy-Pontoise, CREM Université de Rennes I
December 2018 LISER (Luxembourg), Rencontres d'Aussois
January 2019
University of Luxembourg
March 2019 Inequalities and Preferences for Redistribution (Paris)
May 2019 University of Southampton
June 2019 Wellbeing Conference (Brisbane)


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.

Various subjects that appear in APE Masters Courses or 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.
  7. Measurement and Validity: Presentation (Reading list for this 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)
  8. Claudia Hupkau, “Economic Disadvantage, Policy Design and Individual Decision Making”. Co-direction with François Maniquet. August 2017 (CUNEF, Madrid)
  9. Anthony Lepinteur. “Household Working Time, Legal Norms on the Labor Market and Subjective Wellbeing”. Co-direction with David Margolis. September 2017 (Université du Luxembourg)

  1. Claire Vandendriessche, “Measuring Well-Being”.
  2. Arthur Souletié, “The Causes and Consequences of Risky Behaviours”.  
  3. Martin Fernandez-Sanchez. “Trading Places: Social Mobility, Migration and Well-Being”. Co-direction with Hillel Rapoport

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.
**** Don Webber (Bristol Business School) joins me in having seriously got down to this in 1990: MC 900 Ft Jesus of course (with DJ Zero).