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Laure Athias

Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure)
University of Lausanne, IDHEAP
https://sites.google.com/site/laureathias/
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E-mail:laure.athias@unil.ch

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:
. Marpessa Arnoult, PhD Student (2014 – )
. Moudo Macina, PhD Student (2014 – )
· Pascal Wicht, PhD Student (2011 – )
· Nicoleta Acatrinei, PhD Student (2009 – 2014)
· Simon Schnyder, Post-Doc Fellow (juin 2011 – novembre 2012)

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Books:
. « Effects of Uncertainty and Opportunistic Renegotiations on Bidding Behaviour : Evidence from Toll Road Concessions » (with Antonio Nunez), in A. Picot, M. Florio (eds.), Infrastructure economics, Cambridge, MIT Press, Forthcoming
. « 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:
· « Efficacité relative des appels d’offres concurrentiels » (with L. Chever), in S. Saussier (ed), Economie des Partenariats Public Privé, De Boeck, Forthcoming.
· « La contractualisation de service public : une analyse économique« , in Ladner Andreas et al. (eds), Manuel d’administration publique suisse, Presses 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:
· « Prices and Process in Public Private Partnerships » (with Stéphane Saussier)
·  « Cultural Biases in Government Make-or-Buy Decisions: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach »
· « Decentralization as a Prerequisite to Privatization: Evidence from Public private Partnerships in OECD Countries » (with Julie Le Gallo and Thierry Madiès)
·  « Less Risk, More Effort: Demand Risk Allocation in Incomplete Contracts »
· « The impact of informal and formal institutions on economic organization: Evidence from PPPs in OECD countries » (with Pascal Wicht)

Works in Progress:
· « Procurement versus Regulation: A Leverage Story » (with Mario Jametti)
· « Public Investment and Revenue Shocks: The Role of Public Private Partnerships » (with Simon Schnyder)
· « Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation : A dichotomy or a Continuum of Motivation? » (with Nicoleta Acatrinei)

Media:
“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

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