I am a researcher and teaching assistant at CERDI, Université Clermont Auvergne. I hold a PhD in Economics from Université du Luxembourg.
In 2022, I visited Université de Lausanne and in 2023, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
My main research interests are labor economics, policy evaluation, and, more broadly, applied microeconometrics. My current research aims to assess the employment effects of low-cost active labor market policies to help the unemployed find work. In particular, I examine to what extent transport subsidies may boost job finding and match quality for cash-constrained jobseekers.
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PhD in Economics, 2023
Université du Luxembourg
Research Master in Economics, 2017
Université catholique de Louvain
BSc in Economics, 2008
Universidad del Pacífico
This paper evaluates the impact on the transition to work of a policy reform in Belgium that restricted the access to a speciﬁc unemployment insurance scheme for young labor market entrants. This scheme entitles youths with no or little labor market experience to unemployment beneﬁts after a waiting period of one year. As of 2015, the Belgian government unexpectedly scrapped beneﬁt eligibility for youths who start the waiting period at the age of 24 or older. The reform implied a change from an inclining to a ﬂat rate (zero-level) beneﬁt proﬁle. We use a diﬀerence-in-diﬀerences approach to identify the causal impact of this reform on fresh university graduates. Our main ﬁnding is that this reform only increases the transition to very short-lived jobs.
I assess the effects of a simple and low-cost intervention targeted at the youth: subsidized public transport. Using a regression discontinuity design in the Spanish region of Madrid, I examine the short-term effects of a price cut in public transport that reduced job search and commuting costs for unemployed youths under 26. In particular, I compare the future labor market outcomes of unemployed assistance recipients who were laid off just before and after turning 26. Results suggest that subsidized transit may bring meaningful employment gains for young assistance recipients. Specifically, I estimate a (local) treatment effect of 23 percentage points on the job-finding probability and 30 days on the number of cumulative days in work six months after layoff. Finally, I find supporting evidence that these gains are driven by increased geographical mobility among those living farther away from jobs.
Policymakers typically use active labor market policies, such as training and job-search assistance, to help the unemployed find work. Nonetheless, these are often costly and have shown modest effects. In this research, I assess the employment effect of a low-cost and straightforward intervention: subsidized public transport for cash-constrained jobseekers. In particular, I exploit a natural experiment in Catalonia in 2012 that reduced transit costs for unemployment assistance recipients. Using three complementary empirical approaches (difference-in-differences, the synthetic control method, and the synthetic difference-in-differences method), I find that the transport subsidy offered in Catalonia brought meaningful employment gains concentrated on younger assistance recipients. These gains ranged from 18% to 25% of their estimated counterfactual outcome, three to twenty-four months after entering unemployment. Finally, I also find suggestive evidence that these employment gains did not come at the expense of lower earnings.