The Public Economics (PE) programme brings together researchers interested in analysing the efficiency and distributional effects of all kinds of government interventions in the economy (including e.g. tax and transfer policies, social insurance and all forms of government spending programmes) as well as an understanding of the way that these programmes affect the behaviour of households and firms.

Key areas covered are:-

  • government expenditures
  • social policy
  • welfare state
  • taxation

Annual Symposium

The PE Annual Symposium is a two-day conference typically held in May/June. The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe, as well as key researchers from outside the region.

Programme Directors

Research Fellows

Daron Acemoglu

Institute Professor in the Department of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Facundo Alvaredo

Research Fellow Professorial Research Fellow in the International Inequalities Institute London School Of Economics And Political Science; Co-Director World Inequality Lab

Oriana Bandiera

Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Roland Bénabou

Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Princeton University

Graziella Bertocchi

President Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Professor of Economics University Of Modena And Reggio Emilia

Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science and the W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

David Bloom

Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography Harvard University

Richard Blundell

Director, ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy University College London

Pierre Boyer

Full Professor (with Tenure) in the CREST-Department of Economics Ecole Polytechnique; Deputy director of the Institut and Program Director “Democracy and Institutions” The Institute for Public Policy (IPP)

Antoine Bozio

Associate Professor Paris School of Economics (PSE); Director The Institute for Public Policy (IPP)

Martin Browning

Senior Research Fellow Nuffield College; Professor of Economics, Emeritus University Of Oxford

Robin Burgess

Professor of Economics, Co-Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre and Director of the Economics of Environment and Energy Research Programme London School Of Economics And Political Science

Antonio Cabrales

Full Professor and Research Chair in Economics Universidad Carlos Iii De Madrid

Julia Cage

Professor in the Department of Economics Sciences Po Paris

Carlo Carraro

Professor of Environmental Economics Ca' Foscari University of Venice; Strategic Board Member EuroMediterranean Center on Climate change

Alessandra Casella

Professor of Economics and Political Science and Co-Director of Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Columbia University

Raj Chetty

William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics Harvard University

Gabriella Conti

Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics University College London

Giacomo Corneo

Professor of Public Finance and Social Policy Freie Universität Berlin

Monica Costa Dias

Deputy Research Director Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Professor of Economics at the School of Economics University Of Bristol

Helmuth Cremer

Research Faculty and Professor of Economics Toulouse School Of Economics

Guillermo Cruces

Researcher and Deputy Director Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies; Professor of Labour Economics National University of La Plata; Joint Appointment as a Professor of Economics University Of Nottingham

Mariacristina De Nardi

Consultant Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis; Faculty Research Fellow National Bureau Of Economic Research (NBER); Thomas Sargent Professor University Of Minnesota

Bram De Rock

Full Professor in Mathematical Economics Université Libre De Bruxelles

Michael P Devereux

Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, Professor of Business Taxation, Professorial Fellow at Oriel College University Of Oxford

Matthias Doepke

Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science; Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Professor of Economic History Northwestern University

Esther Duflo

Co-Director Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); President

Zvi Eckstein

Professor and Dean of the Tiomkin School of Economics Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; Head of the Aaron Economic Policy Institute Reichman University; Emeritus Professor for the Eitan Berglas School of Economics Tel Aviv University

Gabrielle Fack

Research Associate Paris School of Economics (PSE); Professor of Economics Université Paris Dauphine - PSL

Ernst Fehr

Professor and Director of the UBS Center for Economics in Society University Of Zurich

Erica Field

Professor of Economics and Global Health Duke University

Eric French

Co-director at the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Montague Burton Professor of Industrial Relations and Labour Economics University Of Cambridge

Lucie Gadenne

Associate Director Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Associate Professor Queen Mary University Of London

Vincenzo Galasso

Head of the Department of Social and Political Science and Professor of Economics Bocconi University

Robert J. Gary-Bobo

Researcher Center for Research in Economics and Statistics; Professor of Economics Paris School of Economics (PSE); Professor of Economics University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Maitreesh Ghatak

Director of the Development Economics Programme, STICERD; Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Roger Gordon

Professor Emeritus & Research Professor University of California, San Diego

Mark Gradstein

Sumner T. White Professor at the Economics Department Ben-gurion University Of The Negev

Julien Grenet

Professor of Economics, CNRS/Paris School of Economics Deputy Director, Institut des Politiques Publiques CNRS and Paris School of Economics

Rachel Griffith

Research Director Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Professor, Department of Economics University Of Manchester

Nezih Guner

Research Professor Barcelona School Of Economics; Professor of Economics Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)

John Hassler

Professor of Economics Institute For International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University

Andrea Ichino

Managing Editor Economic Policy; Head of Department and Professor of Economics European University Institute; Professor of Economics University Of Bologna

Xavier Jaravel

Associate Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Seema Jayachandran

Director of the Research Programme of Development Economics and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Princeton University

Niels Johannesen

Professor of Economics and Business Professor of Economics University Of Copenhagen

Henrik Kleven

Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Princeton University

Tom Kompas

Professor of Environmental Economics and Biosecurity in the School of Biosciences and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences University Of Melbourne

Kai A. Konrad

Director Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Fellow, Public Economics / Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Wojciech Kopczuk

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs Columbia University

Francis Kramarz

Emeritus Professor Center for Research in Economics and Statistics; Researcher Collège De France; Visiting Professor Uppsala University

Claus Kreiner

Professor of Economics and Director of Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) University Of Copenhagen

Dirk Krueger

Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics and Finance (Secondary) University Of Pennsylvania

Per Krusell

Savings Banks Foundations and Swedbank Chair in Macroeconomics, Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg chair in Economics Institute For International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University; Centennial Professor London School Of Economics And Political Science

Eliana La Ferrara

Professor of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School; Scientific Director Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies Bocconi University

Rafael Lalive

Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics Hec Lausanne

Camille Landais

Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Victor Lavy

William Haber Chaired Professor of Economics Hebrew University Of Jerusalem; Chaired Professor in the Department of Economics University Of Warwick

Clare Leaver

Professor of Economics and Public Policy University Of Oxford

Erik Lindqvist

Professor Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University

Marco Manacorda

Professor of Economics and Public Policy Queen Mary University Of London; Joint Managing Editor of The Economic Journal Royal Economic Society

Ralf Martin

Professor of Economics Imperial College London; Economist in the Climate Change and Sustainability Research Programme International Finance Corporation

Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Vice-Dean and Carlo Alberto Chair Collegio Carlo Alberto; Honorary Professor of Economics University Of Essex; Professor of Economics University Of Turin

Costas Meghir

Douglas A. Warner III Professor of Economics Yale University

David Miles

Professor of Economics Imperial College London Business School

Magne Mogstad

The Gary S. Becker Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics University Of Chicago

Massimo Morelli

Professor of Political Science and Economics, Director of the Research Unit Pericles in the Baffi Carefin Center Bocconi University

Joana Naritomi

Associate Professor London School Of Economics And Political Science

David Newbery

Emeritus Professor and Director of The Energy Policy Research Group University Of Cambridge

Gaëtan Nicodème

Lecturer at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management Université Libre De Bruxelles

J Peter Nilsson

Guest Professor Linnaeus University; Professor of Economics at IIES Stockholm University

Jessica Pan

Professor of Economics National University Of Singapore

Eleonora Patacchini

Professor of Economics Bocconi University; Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair of International Political Economy (on leave) Cornell University

Torsten Persson

Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University

Thomas Piketty

Co-director, World Inequality Lab & World Inequality Database; Professor of Economics Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Carol Propper

Professor of Economics Imperial College London Business School; Fellow Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Adjunct Professor, Centre for Health Economics Monash University

Imran Rasul

Professor of Economics and Co-director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre on Wealth Concentration, Inequality and the Economy University College London

Ronny Razin

Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Alessandro Riboni

Researcher and Permanent Member Center for Research in Economics and Statistics; Professor of Economics Ecole Polytechnique

Johanna Rickne

Part-time Professor of Economics Stockholm School Of Economics; Professor of Economics Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University; Part-time Professor of Economics University Of Nottingham

José-Víctor Ríos-Rull

Professorial Research Fellow University College London; Lawrence R. Klein Professor of Economics University Of Pennsylvania

Christopher Roth

Senior Research Fellow Max Planck Institute For Research On Collective Goods; Professor of Economics and Management University of Cologne

Kimberley Scharf

Inaugural Visiting Scholar National Audit Office; Head of School and Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences University Of Nottingham

Florian Scheuer

UBS Foundation Professor of Economics of Institutions and Chairman of the Department of Economics University Of Zurich

Benjamin Schoefer

Visiting Scholar Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco; Faculty Research Fellow National Bureau Of Economic Research (NBER); Associate Professor (with Tenure) University Of California, Berkeley

Stefanie Stantcheva

Founder of the Social Economics Lab; Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy Harvard University

Betsey Stevenson

Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Jakob Svensson

Director and Professor of Economics Institute For International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University

Jean Tirole

Director Toulouse School Of Economics

Fellow, Industrial Organization / Fellow, Public Economics / Fellow, Organizational Economics / Fellow, Banking and Corporate Finance

Flavio Toxvaerd

University Associate Professor Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Francesco Trebbi

Co-director of the NBER Political Economy Programme National Bureau Of Economic Research (NBER); Bernard T. Rocca Jr. Chair and Professor of Business and Public Policy University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Jean-Robert Tyran

Professor Economics (part-time) University Of Copenhagen; Professor of Economics and Director of the Vienna Center for Experimental Economics University Of Vienna

Arthur van Benthem

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School University Of Pennsylvania

Shlomo Weber

Leading Scientist, Center for Study of Diversity and Social Interactions New Economic School; Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor of Economics Southern Methodist University

Justin Wolfers

Professor of Economics and Professor of Public Policy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Noam Yuchtman

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy London School Of Economics And Political Science

Yves Zenou

Professor and Richard Snape Chair in Business and Economics Fellow of the Econometric Society, Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia SAET Economic Theory Fellow Monash University

Research Affiliates

Alexandra Avdeenko

Lecturer in Economics and Affiliated to the Chair International and Development Politics and to the Experimental Economics Group Heidelberg University; Researcher for the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice Team The World Bank

Clare Balboni

Assistant Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Audinga Baltrunaite

Economist in the Economics and Law Research Department Bank Of Italy; Member of the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality Bocconi University

Barbara Biasi

Visiting Assistant Professor Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School Of Management Yale University

Katarzyna Bilicka

Lars Peter Hansen Associate Professor of Economics and Statistics in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Utah State University

Luca Braghieri

Assistant Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences Bocconi University

Diogo Britto

Research Fellow at CLEAN - Baffi-Carefin Centre Research Fellow at CLEAN - Baffi-Carefin Centre Bocconi University; Senior Assistant Professor of Economics Senior Assistant Professor of Economics University of Milano Bicocca

Caterina Calsamiglia

Research Professor Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI); Affiliated Professor ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona School of Economics

Pamela Campa

Associate Professor of Economics Stockholm School Of Economics

Oren Danieli

Visiting scholar Princeton University; Assistant Professor Tel Aviv University

Jonathan Goupille-Lebret

Associate Professor École Normale Supérieure De Lyon; CNRS Research Associate Professor GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne

Irem Güçeri

Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Ingar Haaland

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics Norwegian School Of Economics (nhh)

Henning Hermes

Postdoctoral Researcher and Deputy Director at the Ludwig Erhard ifo Center for Social Market Economy and Institutional Economics ifo Institute

Lorenz Kueng

Faculty Member Swiss Finance Institute; Associate Professor of Economics

Clara Martinez-Toledano

Wealth Distribution Coordinator at WID.world and Assistant Professor of Financial Economics Imperial College London Business School

Paul Muller

Research Fellow Tinbergen Institute; Associate Professor Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mathilde Munoz

Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics University Of California, Berkeley

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

Assistant Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business New York University

Matteo Paradisi

Assistant Professor Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Anna Raute

Visiting Senior Fellow at STICERD London School Of Economics And Political Science; Senior Lecturer of Economics (on Leave) Queen Mary University Of London

Nina Roussille

Assistant Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Kate Smith

Research Fellow Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Assistant Professor London School Of Economics And Political Science