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A CIRANO Associated Researcher and Fellow since 2004, Olivier Armantier is Assistant Vice President and Function Head, Microeconomic Studies Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, he is an expert in the field of applied econometrics, with special emphasis on structural models.
He has applied these estimation techniques to a wide range of economic topics. His most significant contributions have been to the fields of auctions, experimental economics, industrial organization, and game theory. In particular, he has been working with the French and Canadian treasuries to determine the best payment mechanism to sell government securities at treasury auctions. He has also estimated complex structural models of incomplete information for the airlines and pharmaceutical industries. Finally, he has conducted a number of experiments, both in the U.S. and at the CIRANO, to analyze the behavioral foundations of economic activities. The structural estimation of these experimental data has enabled him to uncover new phenomenon related to learning, fairness and the perception of risks. He started his career at SUNY Stony Brook before moving to the Université de Montréal and then the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.