Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille University in France.

- Development Economics (Household decisions and poverty analysis)

- Theoretical economics (welfare analysis and household decisions)

- Econometric Theory (quantile regressions,  surveys)

Address: GREQAM, Château La Farge

Route des Milles 13290 Les Milles


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I have an extensive experience of ground work and academic studies in developing countries. During my career, I have occupied academic positions in Africa, North America, England, Spain, Germany and France currently as Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille University.  I have collaborated as a consultant or technical adviser with many international organizations, including the World Bank, the European Union and United Nation Agencies. I have visited and collaborated with statistical institutes and economic institutions in most countries in the world. My work on the design and implementation of the Social Reform in Mauritius was awarded the 2014 International Social Security Association Good Practice Award.

A French citizen, I was awarded a PhD in economics and Habilitation Diploma for Research Direction (HDR) from France and Canada, and other diploma in statistics, physics, mathematics, formal logic and philosophy. Beyond development economics, my research interests include economic theory of welfare and household decisions (especially for anti-poverty and social policies), and econometric theory of quantile regression and survey estimation.  I have published in top academic journals in the economics, statistics, mathematics and other literatures. My publications include 40 articles in scientific journals with referee process (e.g., in J. of Development Economics, J. of Economic Theory, J. of Health Economics, J. of Public Economics, Econometrics Journal). I have managed many academic projects, including 17 large research grants.

I have been a member of numerous academic bodies and a fellow of many academic institutions in the world, including in France of the national committees for social sciences for the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique.

A Few Recent publications

“A Test of Separability of Consumption and Production Decisions of Farm Households in Ethiopia,” Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development, June 2014.

“Task Organization, Human Capital and Wages in Moroccan Exporting Firms,” (with C.J. Nordman), Middle East Development Journal, December 2014.


 “Equivalent income and fair evaluation of health care,” (with M. Fleurbaey, S. Luccini and E. Schokkaert), Health Economics, Vol. 22(6), June 2012.

Multidimensional Inequality Comparisons: a Compensation Perspective”, (with A. Trannoy), Journal of Economic Theory, 147, 4, 1427-1449, 2012.

“A dominance approach to well-being and inequality across countries,” (with A. Trannoy), Journal of Public Economics, 95, 239-246, 2011.

“Refining Targeting against Poverty: Evidence from Tunisia”, (with S. Bibi), Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 72, No. 3, June 2010.

.“Two-Stage Huber Estimator” (with T.-H. Kim), Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 137, 405-418, February 2007.


A newly funded international research project:

Social, Demographic and Democratic Transitions in Middle-East and North-Africa Countries
(TMENA project)

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