I do research in the the fields of Macroeconomics, Labor and Economic History. Most of my work has been on the effects of monetary and fiscal policies, and more recently on explaining changes in labor force participation and fertility over the 20th century. I am full professor in the departement of economics at Université de Montréal.
I obtained my Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. I have also studied economics at the London School of Economics (Master) and at the University of Ca`Foscari, Venezia (Bachelor in Economics) where I grew up.
In 2001, I and researchers from Université de Montréal, McGill and Concordia created CIREQ an interuniversity Montreal based center that organizes several yearly conferences in Applied Economics, Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Economic Theory and several yearly workshops in different areas. More information about its activities can be found at http://www.cireqmontreal.com/en/.
I have been director of the center between 2001 and 2015 (June).
Starting June 1st I am Chair of the economic department at Université de Montréal.