Conferences Organization

Since 2014: Conference Day on the Governance of Public Organizations

Since 2014, I co-organize on a regular basis the Conference Day on the Governance of Public Organizations. This conference features prominent speakers from the Academia, politics, public administration and private firms to shed light on the challenges faced by public organisations.

In November 2020, the topic of the 7th edition will be « Sustainability and Public Governance ». It will focus, in particular, on how environmental, social and governance issues are (or should be) taken into account by public organizations within their activities.

2017 : Annual Congress of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics

Member of the Organizing Committee
Chair of the Program Committee

The special theme of the 2017 Congress was “Economists and Policy Making”. The profession of economics is facing criticism and discontent after recent failures to predict and prevent financial crises and given the seeming incapacity of economic policies to revive stagnant economies and boost middle-class incomes. In part this criticism reflects the considerable influence wielded by economists working for government agencies, central banks or academic institutions and providing advice to policy makers. This raises some urgent questions. What should be the place and role of economists in our societies? Are there differences among countries and for what reasons? How do economists interact with policy makers? How influential are economists really? How should good economists deal with bad politics, and vice versa?

Keynote speakers : Marion Fourcade (University of California at Berkeley), James Robinson (Professor of Economics, University of Chicago), Aymo Brunetti (Professor of Economics , University of Bern)

2014 : Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Conference: Reforming Public Service Delivery

Main organizer
Chair of the Program Committee

The issue of how effectively to deliver public services to populations is a central issue, and is a main focus on policy debates in the world. However, the public economics literature has, historically, paid very little attention to how public services are delivered. The traditional model centers on the state as the main actor in delivering services and most of the focus has been on setting taxes and public expenditure levels. But it is now widely acknowledged that government failure may be as important as market failure, and that government intervention should not be equated with direct provision by government. Government intervention could entail indirect involvement through partnerships with the private sector. The experience of recent years has often put weight on private alternatives, such as public private partnerships and contracting-out, for services ranging from education, health care and transportation to waste collection and street repair. The twin problems of government and market failure give also space to non-profit organizations.

Keynote speakers : Eduardo Engel (University of Chile and Yale University), Mario Jametti (University of Lugano and CESifo), Stéphane Saussier (IAE – University of Paris 1)