Olivier Donni

University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, and IZA, Germany

Economists have often been accused of taking refuge in an “ivory tower”. World of Labor offers them an extraordinary opportunity to change this impression and disseminate their views on contemporary issues of economic policy to a wide audience. I hope that policymakers will find the project as exciting as I do

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Full Professor, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

Research interest

Modeling of household behavior with special focus on the intrahousehold distribution of resources.

Past positions

Associate Professor, University of Cergy-Pontoise, 2004–2008; Assistant Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal, 2001–2004; Lecturer, Laval University, 2000–2001


PhD Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2000

Selected publications

  • “Optimal commodity taxation and redistribution within households.” Economica 81:321 (2014): 48–62 (with O. Bargain).

  • “Over-investment in marriage-specific capital.” Mathematical Social Sciences 67:C (2014): 34–43.

  • “Intrahousehold distribution and poverty: Evidence from Côte d'Ivoire.” Journal of Development Economics 107:C (2014): 262–276 (with O. Bargain and P. Kwenda).

  • “On the importance of household production in collective models: Evidence from US data.” Annales d'Economie et de Statistique 105–106 (2012): 99–126 (with E. Matteazzi).

  • “Expenditure on children: A Rothbarth-type method consistent with scale economies and parents' bargaining.” European Economic Review 56:4 (2012): 792–813 (with O. Bargain).