Olivier Bargain is Professor of Economics at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. He is director of the department "Public intervention and Economic Philosophy" at GREQAM (Groupement de recherche en économie quantitative d'Aix-Marseille), responsible of the Master 2 in "Analysis of public policies and Economic Philosophy", and scientific director of IDEP (Institut d'Economie Publique).

He was previously Lecturer at University College Dublin (2006-2011) and Researcher at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, 2004-2006). He received his PhD from the Paris School of Economics.

His research covers subjects in

  • Welfare economics: inequality, poverty, social justice, welfare measurement (from revealed preference approach to new subjective well-being measures)
  • Public finance and labor economics: efficiency-equity analyses of tax-benefit systems, optimal tax design, implicit social preferences, political economy of redistribution, efficiency effects of social and fiscal policies (notably the effect of tax-benefit systems on labour supply, comparisons across countries, comparisons over time), stabilization effect of fiscal systems and the pros and cons of a European uniformed tax system,…
  • Family economics: intra-household distribution of resources, time and welfare; the role of “domestic production”; vulnerability of particular groups (child poverty) 
  • Development/labor economics: informal labor markets in Africa and Latin America, compensating differentials and valuation of in-kind benefits, child labor

Olivier has published in journals like the the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the European Economic Review or Social Choice and Welfare. He's a former (co)editor of the book series Research in Labor Economics. Olivier is a Visiting Research Fellow at IZA and a fellow of CEPS-INSTEAD (Luxembourg), CHILD (Italian network), ESRI (Dublin). He has conducted various consulting / expertise assignment for the World Bank, the EU (social observatory), the French national observatory on poverty, the French Ministry of Labour (and the evaluation committee of social assistance reforms), the Irish ministry of social affairs, the Chilean Ministry of Labour, the Polish Ministry of Labour.