Rafael Lalive holds a position as a Professor in Economics at University of Lausanne since September 2006. His main research interests are twofold. On one hand, he works on the economic effects of reforms to public policy. Specifically, his research has focused on the effectiveness of active labour market programs in helping job seekers find jobs, on the role of financial incentives in unemployment insurance, on the effects of parental leave policies on fertility and return to work of mother of newborn children, on policies for disabled individuals and on the effects of environmental policies. On the other hand, he is interested in social economics, i.e. the importance of social interactions for education decisions and the role of social learning. His research has been published by major journals in economics such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Review of Economics and Statistics and also general science journals such as Science or PLOSone. He is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn (IZA) and an affiliate of CEPR and IFAU. Rafael Lalive earned a PhD in labour economics from University of Zurich and an invited scholar at Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam in the academic year 2002 to 2003.