ESPE Elections 2018

The online-elections will take place between the 29th of October and the 29th of November 2018. The e-voting system will be provided to all ESPE members for whom we have a valid e-mail address. We will elect ESPE President for 2021 and five new Council members for a mandate covering the period 2019-2021. One candidate for President and eight candidates for the Council are proposed and their biographical details are listed alphabetically below.
Results will be announced on the ESPE website in December 2018.

Candidate for President of ESPE in 2021

logoWilbert van der Klaauw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wilbert van der Klaauw is a Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Microeconomic Data at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and previously worked as a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Assistant Professor at New York University. He is also affiliated as a research fellow with IZA. He is a labor economist and applied econometrician whose research interests include the study of life cycle labor supply, household financial behaviour and expectations, educational investment and finance, and econometric approaches to causal impact evaluation with a particular focus on the Regression Discontinuity Approach. He has published numerous articles in academic journals including: Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among others.  He currently serves as co-editor of Labour Economics.

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Candidates for the Council of ESPE (2019-2021)

Marian Vidal-Fernandez


Dean Lillard

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Kristiina Huttunen


Pedro Vicente


Charles Bellemare

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Marianne Simonsen


Olivier Marie

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Libertad Gonzalez




logoCharles BellemareThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is Full Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Laval University (Canada). He obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands in 2004. His areas of expertise include behavioral and experimental economics, as well as applied econometrics and structural modelling. His research has been published in leading journals including Econometrica, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and Games and Economic Behavior. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Associate Editor at Empirical Economics, and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Professor Bellemare currently heads the Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative research grant (, a multidisciplinary research project jointly funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This project aims to use behavioral economics to develop public policies that facilitate the labor market integration of people living with disabilities.

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logoLibertad GonzalezThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Associate Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and an affiliated professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in 2003, and has been a visiting scholar in CREST (Paris), UBC (Vancouver), Columbia University (New York), and Boston University. Her fields of research include labor, public, health, and demographic economics, and she has worked on topics related to migration, female labor supply, divorce, and infant health. She has published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, Labour Economics, etc.

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logoKristiina HuttunenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is Research Professor at VATT Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki, Finland. She is also affiliated with Helsinki Graduate School of Economics and teaches and supervises students at Aalto University School of Economics. Her research covers a broad spectrum of topics in labour economics– such as the effects of job displacement on worker's careers, geographic mobility and fertility, impacts of home care subsidies on children and on mother’s careers, and more recently, the effects of court decisions on families. She has published in several international journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association and the Review of Economics and Statistics.  Prior to VATT she has worked at the Aalto University School of Economics and Uppsala University. She gained her PhD in Economics from the University of Helsinki in 2005. She has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009-2010) and more recently, a visiting scholar at the University College London and CReAM (2016-2017). Kristiina is also research fellow in the IZA research network.

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logoDean LillardThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is Professor of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. He is Director and Project Manager of the Cross-National Equivalent File study that harmonizes and distributes data from household panel studies in eight countries ( His main research interests are in labor economics with applications in health, migration, intergenerational economic mobility, and, most recently, on the role that genomic traits play in shaping economic behavior. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and has published in a wide range of social science journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Health Economics, European Journal of Health Economics, Social Science in Medicine, and Statistics in MedicineIn 2015 he co-edited and wrote several chapters for a book, published by Oxford University press, documenting life-course smoking patterns of seven cohorts of men and women in ten countries. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies and advisory board member for the US Census Data Research Center at the University of Kentucky, the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies at San Diego State University, and several ongoing cross-national data projects.

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logoOlivier MarieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Endowed Professor of Labour Economics at The Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam and at the Research Centre on Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE), Research Fellow at IZA, Research Affiliate at CEPR, and Research Fellow at CESifo. His main research interests are in empirical labour economics with a special focus on the economics of crime, as well as on topics in education, family, and public economics. He received her PhD in 2010 from Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) and has published in several international journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Economic Journal, the Journal of European Economic Association, and the Journal of Public Economics.

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logoMarianne SimonsenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Professor of Economics at Aarhus University (Denmark) and a Research Fellow at IZA. Since 2014 she has been Associate Editor at Empirical Economics and she currently acts as Guest Editor at Labour Economics. Simonsen holds a PhD from Aarhus University and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, University of Maryland, and University of Michigan. Her research interests lie primarily within the areas of labor economics, education economics, and health economics. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to fertility and early childhood, including interventions aimed at vulnerable populations. Her research has been funded by various external grants and in 2011 she received an elite “Sapere Aude” Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. Her work has been published in journals such as The Economic JournalJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of EconometricsJournal of Health Economics, and Journal of Human Resources.

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logoPedro VicenteThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is Associate Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he is also the founding scientific director of NOVAFRICA – the Nova Africa Center for Business and Economic Development. Specializing in development economics and Africa, with a focus on political economy issues, he is currently working on community-driven development in Angola, civil servant incentives in Guinea-Bissau, and natural resource governance in Mozambique. His main line of research has been applying large-scale field experiments, coupled with behavioral measurements, in the context of information campaigns. Many of these campaigns related to elections and the mobilization of citizens for political participation. Pedro held research and faculty posts at the University of Oxford and at Trinity College Dublin. He was also a visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame, and a consultant for the World Bank. He is currently a lead academic for the International Growth Centre (IGC), a research affiliate at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a founding member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), and a nonresident fellow at the Navarra Center for International Development. Pedro has published in economics journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Development Economics, World Development, World Bank Economic Review, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of African Economies. His research has been funded by national and international agencies such as DFID, USAID, 3IE, IZA, and FCT. Pedro holds MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago, as well as an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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logoMarian Vidal-FernandezThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is a tenured assistant professor at the University of Sydney and a research fellow at the IZA, the Life Course Centre, and the Charles Perkins Centre. Her research focuses on family economics and human capital with special attention to disadvantaged children and young adults. For instance, she has studied how setting minimum academic requirements to gain access to leisure activities can improve high school graduation and crime rates, the increasing relevance of grandmothers as childcare givers, the origins of the birth order effect, and the link between personality and productivity. She has published in a range of well-rewarded journals such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of Human ResourcesJournal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, and PNAS. She received her PhD from Boston University (2011).

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