CIRANO 25 Years Conference

25 Years of Public Policy in Quebec


Thursday 25 Apr 2019
From 8AM to 4:30PM

This major anniversary conference highlighted the contribution of university research to public policy development. The focus was on 25 years of work done at CIRANO and its impact on policy design in Quebec. The day's discussions highlighted key contemporary and future public policy issues.

25 texts published at CIRANO by our speakers

25 collective works or CIRANO transfer documents


Catherine Beaudry

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2002, Catherine Beaudry is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She holds the Canada Tier I Research Chair in the Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation (Innovation Chair) at Polytechnique Montréal and leads the Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0). She is also a member of the Board of Directors and Program Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), a member of the Board of Directors of QuébecInnove, a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), an associate professor at UQAM and a founding member of the "Global Young Academy".

Catherine Beaudry is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a doctorate and master's degree in economics from Oxford University. From her studies in electrical engineering specializing in space technology, she kept a deep interest in technology, science and innovation.
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Charles Bellemare

Charles Bellemare is Professor of Economics at Université Laval in Quebec City. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Center for Economic Research of Tilburg University. His main research interests are studying the economic performance of immigrants, microeconometric methods, and behavioral and experimental economics.
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Sophie Bernard

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2011, Sophie Bernard is Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

Holder of a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Sophie Bernard then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the École d'économie de Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2011, she became a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

Sophie Bernard specializes in public policy for the environment and the management of end-of-life products. In particular, it works on remanufacturing, recycling, eco-design incentives for products and international trade in waste. She is particularly interested in the illegal waste market and extended producer responsibility. These subjects are part of the broader theme of the circular economy for which she has developed expertise.
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Roxane Borgès Da Silva

Roxane Borgès Da Silva détient de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille II (France) une Maîtrise en économétrie, (spécialisation économie publique et économie de la santé, 2003) et est diplômée du Magistère Ingénieur Économiste de la même université (2004). De l’Université de Montréal, elle détient un Doctorat en santé publique (spécialisation organisation des soins de santé, 2010). Entre 2010 et 2012, elle a réalisé un stage postdoctoral au département d’épidémiologie de l’Université McGill pour lequel elle a reçu une bourse du programme 4P. Les intérêts de recherche de Roxane Borgès Da Silva portent sur l’analyse et l’évaluation de l’organisation des services de santé et le développement d’indicateurs de performance et de qualité. Elle s’intéresse plus particulièrement à l’évolution de l’organisation des services de première ligne et à ses effets sur l’utilisation des services de santé de la population. Elle s’intéresse également aux effets des politiques de santé liées à l’organisation des services de santé, aux pratiques professionnelles et aux collaborations.

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Marcel Boyer

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 1994, Marcel Boyer (M. Sc. and Ph.D. economics, Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A. economics, Université de Montréal) is presently Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Université de Montréal; Associate Member of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST); Distinguished Associate Fellow, Montreal Economic Institute; Fellow of CIRANO and of the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto); Academic Affiliate of Analysis Group (Montréal, Boston); Member of the Governance Committee of the “Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment” AFG Chair at École Polytechnique de Paris and Université de Toulouse; and Member of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council.

He taught economics at York University (1971-1973), UQÀM (1973-1974) and Université de Montréal (1974-2008). He held the Bell Canada Chair in Industrial Economics of the University of Montreal (2003-2008) and the Jarislowsky-SSHRC-NSERC Chair in Technology and International Competition of École Polytechnique de Montréal (1993-2000).

Marcel Boyer received the Alexander-Henderson Award (Carnegie-Mellon University 1971), the Prix Marcel-Dagenais (Société canadienne de science économique 1985), the Endowment-for–the–future Distinguished Scholar Award (University of Alberta 1988), the Distinguished Guest Professor Award (Wuhan University of Technology 1995). He was elected in 1992 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada), in 1997 Fellow of The International Journal of Industrial Organization, in 2001 Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science. Following his public lecture at Collège de France in 2005, the latter honored him with the Médaille Guillaume-Budé. He received the Prix Marcel-Vincent (ACFAS 2002) and the Prix Léon-Gérin for career excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences (Prix du Québec 2015). He was made in 2013 Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association, and in 2014 Honorary Fellow of the French Association of Environmental and Resources Economists (FAERE). On December 30 2015, he was named Officer of the Order of Canada.

He was Director of the Observatoire de la Francophonie économique, President of the international Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI); Member of the Expert Panel of the Council of Canadian Academies on the State of Industrial Research and Development; Member of the jury of the Donner Prize for the best book on public policy by a Canadian, Member of the SHS1 committee of the French National Research Agency; Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Montreal Economic Institute; President of the Canadian Economics Association; President of the Société Canadienne de Science Économique; CEO of CIRANO; Member of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER, USA); Member of the National Statistics Council of Canada; Member of the Management Committee of Bell-University Labs; Member of the Board of the Montreal Mathematical Finance Institute; Member of the Board of Directors of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Chairman of the Board of the Network for Computing and Mathematical Modelling; Visiting Senior Research Advisor for industrial economics at Industry Canada; Member of Industry Canada advisory committee on business strategies and innovation; Member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Law and Economics Association; Member of the Board of the Agency for Public-Private Partnerships of Québec; Member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; and Chairman of the Board of the Caisse Populaire de St-Jérôme.

His recent article « The determination of optimal fines in cartel cases: Theory and practice” (with ML Allain and JP Ponssard), Concurrences – Competition Law Review 2011, was chosen as Best Academic Economics Article - 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards (Institute of Competition Law and George Washington University Law School). His recent article “Alleviating Coordination Problems and Regulatory Constraints through Financial Risk Management” (with Martin Boyer and René Garcia), Quarterly Journal of Finance 3(2) has received the Outstanding Paper Award 2015 of the Midwest Finance Association. His recent book Réinventer le Québec: Douze Chantiers à Entreprendre (with Nathalie Elgrably; Stanké 2014, 176 pages) was among the four finalists for the 2014-15 Donner Foundation Prize for the best book on public policy written by a Canadian.

Author or coauthor of over 275 scientific articles and papers and public and private reports, Professor Boyer currently conducts research in the areas of investment valuation (risk, flexibility, and real options); efficient organizations and public policies (water markets; competitive social-democracy); inequalities; value and cost sharing; and law and economics (cartels, anti-competitive practices, environmental liability and other issues, intellectual property rights). Marcel Boyer has acted as expert economist on behalf of several national and international public and private corporations and organisations, and has testified as expert witness before various organizations and tribunals: arbitration tribunals, Copyright Board of Canada, Québec Energy Board, Superior court of Québec (in both civil and criminal cases), Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan, Superior Court of Ontario, Supreme Court of British Columbia.
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Bryan Campbell

Bryan Campbell has a Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal, and has taught economics at Concordia University since 1990. His fields of specialization are macroeconomics and econometrics. His research work focuses on financial econometrics and the application of non-parametric tests to the evaluation of macroeconomic forecasting.

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Marie Connolly

Marie Connolly has been a professor at the Department of Economics of ESG UQAM since 2009. She teaches statistics and econometrics to undergraduates and labor economics to graduates students. Her research is primarily empirical and touches upon various topics in labor economics, such as social mobility, the formation of human capital, the gender wage gap, subjective well-being, women’s labor force participation and the evaluation of public policy. Her work as been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Canadian Journal of Economics, among others.

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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holder of a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France), her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

Nathalie participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the « monitoring and investigations » function at the International observatory on socioeconomic impacts of digital transformation and artificial intelligence.

Since 2011, she has been leading the CIRANO Barometer project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

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Benoit Dostie

Benoît Dostie holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University and is a full professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and academic director of the Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales (CIQSS). His fields of specialization are labour economics and applied econometrics.

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Raquel Fonseca Benito

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2012, Raquel Fonseca is Professor at ESG-UQAM. She is also co-holder of the Research Chair in Intergenerational Economics. She is a researcher and laboratory director at Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), researcher at Centre de recherche sur les risques, les enjeux économiques, et les politiques publiques (CRREP) and Affilated Adjunct Economist at RAND Corporation.

From September 2016 to November 2017, she was also part of the Expert Committee on Guaranteed Minimum Income formed by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, François Blais, and the Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitᾶo.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), her research interests are health economics, pension systems, retirement and aging, poverty, entrepreneurship and labor markets.
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Bernard Fortin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 1994, Bernard Fortin is Full Professor in the Department of Economics at Université Laval.

Holding a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His main field of research focuses on applied economics with particular interests in health economics, labour economics, family economics, public economics and econometrics.

He has published some 60 articles in leading scientific journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Economic Journal and Journal of Labor Economics. He has directed or co-directed 20 doctoral theses, 75 master's theses and 10 post-doctoral fellows. He has been a visiting scholar at several North American and European universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Columbia, the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and the Université de Paris 1. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Pierre Fortin

Pierre Fortin is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the School of Management Sciences at UQAM, a Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and former President of the Canadian Economics Association. His research interests include economic growth and fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policy, social policy and public finance. He was a member of the Committee of Economic Advisors to the Minister of Finance of Canada and Senior Economic Advisor to the Premier of Quebec. He has chaired government working groups on business investment, income security and the agri-food industry. He has received the Governor General's Gold Medal, the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences award, the Douglas Purvis Memorial Award (for best publication in the field of economic policy in Canada), and four times the National Magazine Awards Foundation Gold Medal (for best regular column in a Canadian magazine). He is Commander of the Order of Montreal and Knight of the Order of Quebec. He holds an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Montreal and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Robert Gagné

Robert Gagné is a Professor with HEC Montréal’s Department of Applied Economics. He is also the Director of the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity and Director of the Research Office of HEC Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Université de Montréal and was Co-chair of the Council of the Federation Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance in 2005-2006 and was Chair of the Task Force on Tax Assistance for the Resource Regions and the New Economy in 2007-2008. In 2009-2010, he acted as Co-Chair of the Advisory committee on Quebec’s Public Finances.

Robert Gagné’s main fields of interest are applied econometrics, industrial organization and public policies.
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Marcelin Joanis

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2008, Marcelin Joanis is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. He is Vice President for Research at CIRANO and Researcher in charge of the "Le Québec économique" project. Marcelin Joanis is also Director of the Research Group on Management and Globalization of Technology (GMT).

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto, his main research interests are public economics, public finance and policy analysis. He has participated in many research projects at CIRANO, including projects on fiscal rules, the public debt, regional policies and health care finance.

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Robert Lacroix

Holder of a doctorate in economics from the Université de Louvain (Belgium), Robert Lacroix was a professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal from 1970 to 2006. He held various positions at the University, including that of Director of the Department of Economics and Director of the Centre of Research in the Economics of Development (CRDE). From 1987 to 1993, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University, and from 1994 to 1998 he was President, CEO and Co-Founder of CIRANO.

Robert Lacroix was rector of the Université de Montréal from June 1998 to May 2005. He was appointed Emeritus Professor of the Université de Montréal in May 2006 and first rector emeritus of this institution in May 2011. Robert Lacroix is ​​the author numerous books, book chapters, scientific articles and research reports in labor economics and human resources as well as in economics of technical progress and innovation. His last two books were finalists in the 2010 Donner Prize (The CHUM, a Quebec tragedy, Boreal) and the Donner Prize 2015 (Major Research Universities, University of Montreal Press and Leading Research Univrsities in a Competitive World, McGill -Queen's University Press). He is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec, an Officer of the Order of Academic Palms of France and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Career Award from the National Policy Research Initiative (Ottawa), and in 2002, was named a member of the Academy of Great Montrealers and received the Government of Quebec's Armand-Frappier Award. , in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the area of ​​administration and promotion of research. He holds an honorary doctorate from Lyon 2 University, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa.

Robert Lacroix was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (President 2001-2003), President of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (2003-2005), Member of the Boards of École Polytechnique, HEC-Montréal, Member and Chair of the Board of the Canada-United States Educational Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Program), Founding Board Member of the Trudeau Foundation, Board Member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and Member of the National Council of Statistics.

In 2005-06 he was a member of the Equalization Expert Group of the Federal Government. From 2007 to 2011, he was a member of the Public Service Advisory Committee appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada. His economic expertise and experience in managing a large organization have led him to sit on the boards of major companies including Industrial Alliance, CAE, Jean Coutu Group and Pomerleau inc.
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André Lemelin

After a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics from Université Laval, André Lemelin obtained a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He was professor at the Economics Department of Université Laval (1978-1983), before joining the Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre of the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), where he is now an honorary professor. He is mainly interested in Computable General Equilibrium (CGCM) models. He was co-head, with Bernard Decaluwé of Université Laval, of the design and development of a calculable general equilibrium model of Quebec for the Quebec Ministry of Finance, with the collaboration of the Institut de la Quebec Statistics (2000-2005). He is also a co-author of the CGE models of the PEP standard series and is a resource person in the Partnership for Economic Policy's Modeling and Policy Impact Analysis (MPIA) program (PEP: http: //www.pep- He has also developed an expertise in the development of regional statistics: thus, in collaboration with the Quebec Institute of Statistics (ISQ), he has devised a method that ISQ applies annually to estimate the GDP by industry of the regions. administrative and metropolitan areas. Based on his experience in MEGC and regional statistics, he has since 2015 been developing a multi-regional MEGC in Quebec (in partnership with Véronique Robichaud). Finally, André Lemelin has published a manual of quantitative methods applied to urban and regional studies, in Spanish and French (e-book), the result of 14 years of teaching to students more focused on a qualitative approach to research.
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Nicolas Marceau

inister of Finance and Economy of Quebec from 2012 to 2014, and Member of Parliament for Rousseau at the National Assembly of Quebec from 2009 to 2018, Nicolas Marceau is a Quebec academic.

Mr. Marceau is currently a full professor in the Department of Economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has been teaching at this institution since 1996. He was also an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Université Laval from 1992 to 1996. He received his PhD in Economics from Queen's University in 1992.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Marceau was Director of the Interuniversity Centre on Risk, Economic Policies and Employment (CIRPÉE). In 2001-2002, Mr. Marceau was a member of the Commission on the Fiscal Imbalance of the Government of Quebec.

Mr. Marceau is author and co-author of numerous publications, including several in leading academic journals (American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics). He has given lectures and participated in seminars at several universities in Quebec, Canada and around the world. His research and teaching areas are public economics and economic analysis of law.
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Jean-Philippe Meloche

Jean-Philippe Meloche has a a Ph.D. in Geography from the Université de Montréal. Associate Professor at the École d'urbanisme et d'architecture de paysage of the Université de Montréal, he is also a Fellow at CIRANO and researcher at the Observatoire Ivanhoé Cambridge du développement urbain et immobilier. Jean-Philippe Meloche specializes in urban economics, local and regional economic development. He is particularly interested in the real estate market and urban infrastructure. His most recent research focuses on Quebec's local public finances and urban transportation.

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Pierre-Carl Michaud

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2012, Pierre-Carl Michaud is Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal. He is also co-holder of the Research Chair in Intergenerational Economics and Director of the Retirement and Savings Institute at HEC Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from CentER, Tilburg University (The Netherlands), his research aims to understand specific behaviours over the life cycle, including those related to savings, insurance and pension plans, as well as investments in health and the economic consequences of demographic change. His work has been funded by many organizations and his research is published in the best journals in economics, demography and public health. In 2018, he received the Marcel-Dagenais Prize from the Canadian Society of Economics for his research.

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Claude Montmarquette

Claude Montmarquette has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and is emeritus professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal. He is well known as a specialist in the economics and econometrics of education and labour, and in the economics of public choice.

For many years, he was a visiting professor at the Université de Paris 1 and the Université de Lyon. He has also done several stints at France’s Université de Clermont-Ferrand and Université de Montpellier and at Morocco’s Université Hassan II. He is a renowned conference speaker who has given more than 135 seminars or conference presentations, mainly in Europe and the United States.

Claude Montmarquette is the author or editor of eight books and more than 70 scientific articles, and his findings have appeared in prestigious professional journals and educational works on economics and econometrics.

Over the course of his career, Claude Montmarquette has chaired four committees for the Quebec government, including those on drug insurance and fees for public services. He has also participated in many national and international committees, such as Statistics Canada’s National Statistics Committee and the committee for the national aggregate competition for graduate teaching to recruit university professors in economics in France.

Claude Montmarquette is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers in the Scientific category in 2010 and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2016.

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Ingrid Peignier

Ingrid Peignier is Senior Director of Partnerships and Research Valorization and Project Director at CIRANO.

A graduate engineer from École des Mines d'Alès in France and holder of a master's degree in industrial engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, her fields of expertise mainly involve the identification, evaluation, management and communication of risks in various fields such as the transportation of hazardous materials and underground infrastructure failures.
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Jacques Robert

Jacques Robert is a professor in the Department of Information Technologies at HEC Montréal. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from the Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.

After 12 years as a professor in economics, he joined HEC Montréal in 2001. He was Director of the IT Department between 2010 and 2016. Since 2014, he has been Associate Director of Research and Transfer. Finally, since January 2016, he is also director of the Ph.D. program at HEC Montréal.

His research interests include applied game theory, mechanism design and experimental economics, and information technology education.

Scientific journals in which he has published include Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Quaterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Information & Management, Journal of the International Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Annals of Finance, and Neural Computation.
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Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné is professor at the Department of International Business and holder of the Chair in Environmental Economics and Global Governance at HEC Montréal. He is also CIRANO Fellow and an Affiliate Professor at the École polytechnique de Paris. He holds a Ph.D. in Management science/Operations research from Yale University.

He taught successively at INSEAD and Polytechnique Montréal before joining HEC Montréal in September 2001.

His main research areas are the economics of incentives and organization, environmental economics, and risk management.

His publications can be found in major journals such as Econometrica, Management Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

In 2004, he was nominated a Fellow of the European Economic Association. In 2006, he won (with co-author Pauline Barrieu of the London School of Economics) the Finance and Sustainability European Research Award for the article “On Precautionary Policies” published in Management Science. He is currently an associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics and the International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics.

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France St-Hilaire

France St-Hilaire is vice-president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). She oversees the Institute’s research agenda and coordinates certain projects on economic and social policy. France has written extensively on public finance, social policy and fiscal federalism. She has also co-edited several IRPP volumes, including Income Inequality: The Canadian Story (2016), Northern Exposure: Peoples, Powers and Prospects in Canada’s North (2009), A Canadian Priorities Agenda: Policy Choices to Improve Economic and Social Well-Being (2007), and Money, Politics and Health Care: Reconstructing the Federal-Provincial Partnership (2004). Before joining the IRPP as a research director in 1992, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Policy Analysis at the University of Toronto and in the Department of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. She holds a graduate degree in economics from Université de Montréal.
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Yves St-Maurice

Yves St-Maurice holds a master's degree in management sciences specializing in applied economics from HEC Montréal. He is an economic consultant and collaborates as a research professional with the Chair in Taxation and Public Finance Research at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Association des économistes québécois. Prior to that, he was Senior Director and Assistant Chief Economist of Economic Studies at Desjardins Group, where he spent a large part of his forecasting career during the 1990s.

Mr. St-Maurice was also Associate Director of Economic Services at the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa where he led several international economic forecasting modelling projects and conducted numerous studies on fiscal imbalance, regulation and public finance. He was also a member of the Commission d'examen de la fiscalité québécoise (2014-2015).
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Dalibor Stevanovic

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2011, Dalibor Stevanovic is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also head of the Pôle en modélisation de l'économie du Québec at CIRANO. He is also co-holder of the Chair in Macroeconomics and Forecasting.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montréal, his research interests are time series econometrics, automatic learning and massive data, with applications in macroeconomics and finance.

After a bachelor's and master's degree in economics from Université Laval in Quebec City, Dalibor Stevanovic obtained his doctorate under the supervision of Jean-Marie Dufour and Jean Boivin. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Max Weber programme at the European University Institute in Florence.

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François Vaillancourt

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2004, François Vaillancourt is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal.

François Vaillancourt obtained his Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1978. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2009. He has published numerous texts in the field of public policy, particularly on intergovernmental financial relations, taxation and language policies. Since 2000, he has been the Fulbright Canadian Research Scholar in Kennesaw in 2007, visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta in 2007 and 2009, visiting professor at the FUCaM (Mons, Belgium, 2006) and visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris, 2006 and 2008). During the 1990s, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto (1991) and the Australian National University (1991), a Shastri lecturer in India (1993) and a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1994). He was also a research coordinator for the MacDonald Commission (1983-1986) and assistant director of the journal Canadian Public Policy-Policy Analysis (1986-1995). He has acted as a consultant for various national (including CIDA, House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Séguin Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada, Conseil de la Fédération, Conseil de la langue française du Québec, CSST, Finance Canada, Federal Expert Group on Equalization Reform, Office of the French Language, Statistics Canada and Auditor General of Canada) and international (AFD, World Bank, IMF, OECD, UNDP) organizations. He has worked in 31 countries on intergovernmental financial relations issues (taxation, transfers) and provided training in this area for the African Tax Institute, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the World Bank, the IMF, and the Hague Academy for Local Governance.

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Ari Van Assche

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2005, Ari Van Assche is Full Professor in the Department of International Business at HEC Montréal. He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Policy and Honorary Researcher at IRPP.

Holding a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his research focuses on the organization of global value chains and the implications for trade and cluster policy. In 2017, he co-authored the book Redesigning Canadian Trade Policy for New Global Realities, which won the Doug Purvis Memorial Award in 2018.
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Nicolas Marceau, Jean-Philippe Meloche, France St-Hilaire, François Vaillancourt
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Pierre Fortin, Yves St-Maurice
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Stéphanie Lapierre, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Audrey Leclerc, Dalibor Stevanovic
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