European Society for Population Economics (ESPE)

The European Society for Population Economics was founded in 1986 to facilitate the communication and exchange of ideas between researchers from European and other countries around the globe. Equal emphasis is given to theoretical and applied research across a wide range of fields, all related to population economics. Research interests of members of the Society include: Education, Health, Labor market topics (human capital, employment, unemployment, wages, firm behavior), Demographics (marriage, fertility, ageing, retirement, mortality, immigration), Income (poverty, inequality), Housing and household issues, Inter-generational mobility, Crime, Discrimination, Institutions, and Policy evaluation.

2015 ESPE Elections

The ESPE online-elections have now finished and 346 members have participated. It is a great pleasure to inform all of you that ESPE members have almost unanimously voted Michèle Belot as President-Elect in 2017 and re-elected David Ribar as Council member for the period 2016-2018. In addition, Libertad González, Marianne Simonsen, and Wilbert van der Klaauw will join the Council during that period.


The Society wants to express our gratitude to all candidates for their commitment and their keen interest in ESPE.

Candidate for 2017 President-Elect

Michèle Belot is Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh. She received her PhD from Tilburg University and has previously worked at the University of Essex and at the University of Oxford. Her research interests cover various areas related to population economics, such as labour, migration and health. She conducted a number of laboratory and randomised controlled field experiments, with specific groups of the population such as low income families and job seekers. She has served on the board of ESPE for the last 6 years, and currently serves in the Royal Economic Society council and Economic Science Association council. Her research has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Human Resources, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Health Economics, among others.

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Candidates for the 2016 Council

Libertad González is an Associate Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and an affiliated professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in 2003, and has been a visiting scholar in CREST (Paris), UBC (Vancouver), Columbia University (New York), and Boston University. Her fields of research include labor, public, and demographic economics, and she has worked on topics related to migration, female labor supply, divorce, and infant health. She has published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, Labour Economics, etc.

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David Ribar is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne and serves as the Institute’s Acting Deputy Director. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from Brown University. Professor Ribar is research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and a fellow at the ARC Centre of excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. He co-edits the Southern Economic Journal, serves as an associate editor or on the editorial board of the Journal of Population Economics, the Review of Economics of the Household, and Social Service Research, and is completing his first term on the ESPE Council. He has previously held professor positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the George Washington University, held an assistant professor position at the Pennsylvania State University, and been seconded to the Administration for Children and Families in Washington, DC. Professor Ribar has conducted research on the relationship between maternal employment and paid and unpaid childcare; parents’ investments of time in care activities; the educational consequences of teenage childbearing; the relationship between teenagers’ work and schooling; teenagers’ time use; the effects of food assistance programs on children’s school achievement, school attendance, family routines, and food security; the effects of welfare reform on children’s developmental outcomes; families’ participation in social assistance programs; and child and youth hardships. He has published articles in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Population Economics, and Demography. He was awarded the Kuznet’s Prize from the Journal of Population Economics in 2002.

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Almudena Sevilla is Professor of Economics in Queen Mary University of London and a Research Fellow at IZA and ISER. Almudena has been co-editor of the Review of the Economics of the Household, and currently acts as a co-editor for Feminist Economics and the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. She graduated from Brown University in 2004. Previous employment includes the Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford, ISER, and the Congressional Budget Office in Washington DC. Almudena’s research uses time diary data to address issues related to gender differences in the labor market, fertility, migration, and child development. She has published in journals such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of Human Resources, the European Economic Review, and Demography among others.

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Marianne Simonsen is a Professor of Economics at Aarhus University (Denmark) and a Research Fellow at IZA. Since 2014 she has been Associate Editor at Empirical Economics and she currently acts as Guest Editor at Labour Economics. Simonsen holds a PhD from Aarhus University and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, University of Maryland, and University of Michigan. Her research interests lie primarily within the areas of labor economics, education economics, and health economics. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to fertility and early childhood, including interventions aimed at vulnerable populations. Her research has been funded by various external grants and in 2011 she received an elite “Sapere Aude” Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. Her work has been published in journal such as The Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Human Resources.

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Wilbert van der Klaauw is a Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Microeconomic Data at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and previously worked as a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Assistant Professor at New York University. He is also affiliated as a research fellow with IZA. He is a labor economist and applied econometrician whose research interests include the study of life cycle labor supply, household financial behavior and expectations, the economic determinants of household formation and dissolution, educational investment and productivity, and econometric approaches to program evaluation with a particular focus on the Regression Discontinuity Approach. He has published numerous articles in academic journals including: Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among others.  He serves as associate editor for the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics, and as co-editor of Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations.

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Frederic Vermeulen is a Professor of Economics at the University of Leuven. He obtained his PhD from the University of Leuven in 2002 and has been affiliated with Tilburg University between 2003 and 2012. He is also a research fellow of the IZA and an extra-mural fellow of CentER (Tilburg University). He serves as a managing editor of the Economic Journal, is a member of the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies, and an associate editor of the Review of Economics of the Household and de Economist. His fields of interest are in the economics of the household, with a focus on demand, labor supply and the intra-household allocation of time and resources. He has published in journals like Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and the Journal of Econometrics, among others.

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