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Welcome to our new research fellows

Published on July 24, 2023 Updated on July 28, 2023

on the July 24, 2023

The CERDI is pleased to welcome three new Research Fellows

The CERDI's team wishes a warm welcome to our new research fellows : Aitor Erce, Jules Gazeaud et Claire Ricard.

Aitor Erce, expert in international finance

Aitor Erce is a researcher and policy advisor on fiscal and debt policy issues. His academic research has been published in top journals including The Review of Economic Studies or The Journal of Monetary Economics. On the policy front, most recently, Aitor has advised the African Development Bank and the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund on issues related to sovereign debt sustainability, sovereign debt restructuring and the provision of official lending. Through his various roles, including as a Principal Economist at the European Stability Mechanism, Aitor has been involved in the evaluation and design of official loans to crisis countries, and has contributed to the development of tools for carrying out debt sustainability analyses and for detecting risks to market access. Aitor holds an MSc in Finance from CEMFI and a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. 

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Jules Gazeaud, economist, social and economic development

Jules Gazeaud is a Postdoctoral Fellow at J-PAL Middle East and North Africa at the American University in Cairo. In his work, Jules uses economic theory, field experiments, and observational data to study questions at the intersection of social protection, migration, and development. Part of his research is based on extensive fieldwork in Comoros and Egypt. He holds a PhD in Economics from CERDI and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at NOVAFRICA.

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Claire Ricard, economist, education and gender economics

Claire Ricard is an economist focusing her research on economic and social development. She has strong expertise in education issues and gender inequalities. Claire holds a Master in Economics from the School of Economics, Université Clermont Auvergne and a PhD in economics from CERDI, Université Clermont Auvergne and University Hassan II Casablanca.

She works at IDinsight, an organization specializing in data and impact evaluation. She contributed to important projects centered on access to public service in Togo, education in Morocco, and finally, democracy in Senegal. She is also a lecturer at the Central School of Casablanca, where she trains students on conducting research projects.

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