Laure Athias Webpage

Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure)

University of Lausanne, IDHEAP


Research interests:

Public Economics, Public Service Delivery, Contract Theory, Political Economy

Academic Positions: 

            Invited Researcher, Department of Economics, University of Bristol - August 2016 to February 2017

             . Visiting Assistant in Research, Department of Economics, Yale University - January to August 2007

Research Grant (Swiss National Science Foundation):

            ·   "Fiscal decentralization and Public Private Partnerships: A means of improving efficiency in the delivery of public goods and services?", FNS division 1, Principale requérante (2011-2014), 330 000 CHF.

            .   "The Swiss Confederation : A Natural Laboratory for Research on Fiscal and Political Decentralization", Subside Sinergia (requérant principal: Marius Brülhart), Responsable du sous-projet 5: "Fiscal Dependency on Contractors" (2014-2017), 60 000 CHF.

Research Team:

            . Maeva Cousin (2017- )

               . Marpessa Arnoult, PhD Student (2014 - )

              .  Moudo Macina, PhD Student (2014 - )

              ·  Pascal Wicht, PhD Student (2011 - 2016).

            · Nicoleta Acatrinei, PhD Student (2009 - 2014). Actual Position: Post-Doc at Princeton University (Center for the Study of Religion)

              ·  Simon Schnyder, Post-Doc Fellow (juin 2011 - novembre 2012). Actual Position: Swiss Federal Tax Administration - Economic Analysis and Tax Statistics Division


Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Books:

·  "Are Public Private Partnerships that Rigid? And Why? Evidence from Price Provisions in French Toll Road Concession Contracts" (with Stéphane Saussier), Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 111, 174-186, 2018.

.  "Effects of Uncertainty and Opportunistic Renegotiations on Bidding Behaviour : Evidence from Toll Road Concessions" (with Antonio Nunez), in: The Economics of Infrastructure Provisioning: The Changing Role of the State. CESifo Seminar Series, MIT Press, Cambridge, 285-314, 2015.

.  "Local Public-Services Provision under Public Private Partnerships: Contractual Design and Contracting Parties Incentives".  Local Government Studies 39(3), 312-331, 2013.

·  "Responsabilité politique et design contractuel des partenariats public privé. Revue Economique 60 (4): 1011-1022, 2009.

·   "Winner's curse in toll road concessions" (with Antonio Nunez). Economics Letters, Volume 101 (3), 172-174, 2008.      

·   "Un Partenariat Public Privé Rigide ou Flexible ? Théorie et Application aux Concessions Routières à Péage" (with Stéphane Saussier). Revue Economique volume 58, 565-576, 2007.

Publications in Books:

             . "The Relative Efficiency of Competitive Tendering" (with L. Chever) in Saussier Stéphane, Brux Julie de (eds.) The Economics of Public-Private Partnerships : Theoretical and Empirical Developments, Springer, pp. 113-133, 2018.

. "Public Private Partnerships: A Swiss Perspective" (with M. Macina and P. Wicht), in Andreas Ladner et al. (eds), Making state work successfully : A Handbook of Swiss Public Administrations, Routledge, forthcoming. EPPP DP No. 2017-9

            · "Efficacité relative des appels d'offres concurrentiels" (with L. Chever), in S. Saussier (ed), Economie des Partenariats Public Privé, De Boeck, pp. 143-164, 2015.


          · "La contractualisation de service public : une analyse économique", in Ladner Andreas et al. (eds), Manuel d’administration publique suissePresses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, Lausanne, chap 34, pp. 679-697, 2013


             · "Kontraktualisierung des öffentlichen Dienstes: Eine ökonomische Analyse", in Ladner Andreas et al. (eds), Handbuch der öffentlichen Verwaltung in der Schweiz, Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), pp. 679-697, 2013


Working Papers:

·    "Using Differences in Public Sector's Mission-Orientation Across Neighbor Cultures to Uncover its Impacts on Public Service Delivery Productivity" (with Pascal Wicht)

·   "Do More Accountable Governments Resort More to Public Private Partnerships?" (with Julie Le Gallo and Thierry Madiès)

·    "Less Risk, More Effort: Demand Risk Allocation in Incomplete Contracts" (with Raphaël Soubeyran). LAMETA Working Paper 12-20

  "Culture and Demand for Regulation" (with Marpessa Arnoult)

 . "Towards identifying causality between culture and health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa" (with Moudo Macina)


Works in Progress:

·    "Franchise Bidding or Utility Regulation for Natural Monopolies? A Leverage Story" (with Mario Jametti)  

·    "Motivation and Public Sector Specificity"

·    "About a New Way to Capture Public Service Motivation" (with Pascal Wicht)


            ·   “Wider das Vorhaben von Economiesuisse”, in Neue Zürcher Zeitung on August 16, 2012

            ·   "Soulagement général après l'accord", in 20 minutes on october 27, 2011

            ·   "Partenariats Public Privé: de quoi s'agit-il exactement?", in Media Planet on June 01, 2011

            .   "Un partenariat public-priv.e n'est pas une privatisation d'un service", in 24 heures, on September 01, 2009