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Who We Are

The Center for Applied Public Economics

The Center for Applied Public Economics (CAPE) at the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles was created at the end of 2018, and works on various research topics in public finance, with a particular attention for labor market policy, mobility, environmental issues and socio-economic inequalities. At the core of CAPE’s research activities is the Beamm project, an effort to build a comprehensive online, open-access tax-benefit microsimulation model. Besides scientific research, CAPE also helps public administrations, policy makers and other interested parties with public policy evaluations, socio-economic impact analyses, spending reviews and other methodological support. CAPE chooses to work with all researchers in a closely knit team, with all team members closely working together on a highly collaborative research project.

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Directors

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Tom is a professor of public economics at the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles. He is the director of the Center for Applied Public Economics (CAPE), co-director of the Institut de Recherches interdisciplinaires sur Bruxelles (IRIB) and a member of the Center for Research in Economics (CEREC).

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Gilles holds a Ph.D. from the UCLouvain (2010). He then obtained a post-doc scholarship from the FNRS and is now assistant professor at University Saint-Louis-Bruxelles since 2016. He is the director of the Center for Applied Public Economics (CAPE), and a member of the Center for Research in Economics (CEREC).

Professors

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Cedric Heuchenne holds a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Catholic University of Louvain (2005). He is now working as a Statistics/Data Science professor at the University of Liège. His research concerns different applied and theoretical fields like survival or duration data analysis, nonparametric statistical inference, machine learning, statistical process control, anomaly detection, quality management, or risk modeling.

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Hélène is assistant professor in Economics at the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, as well as Chargée de Recherche CNRS. She obtained her PhD in Economics and Management Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 2010. She is currently director of the Center for Economic Research (CEREC), and member of the Center for Applied Public Economics (CAPE). Her domains of expertise are Macroeconomics, International Economics and Economic Growth.

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Koen is an Assistant Professor in Economics at UCLouvain – Saint-Louis Bruxelles. He obtained his PhD in 2016 at KU Leuven. After his PhD, he continued as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and UCLouvain.

Postdoctoral researchers

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Francesco obtained a joint PhD in Economics from the UCLouvain (Belgium) and the University of Verona (Italy) in 2021. Francesco joined CAPE as postdoctoral researcher and member of the BEAMM project in 2021. His research interests are: Labor Economics, Quantitative Macroeconomics, and Quantitative Spatial Economics.

Phd students

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Antoine studied civil engineering and economic sciences at UCLouvain. After a first professional experience at at McKinsey & Company, he started a round-the-word bicycle expedition. Back home, he joined the CEREC as a teaching assistant and PhD student in public economics.

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Vasylyna graduaded with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from a Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics and a Reasearch Master’s degree in Economics from University of Warsaw and Université Catholique de Louvain. Her research interests fall into the field of public economics and center around the questions of efficiency and equity of public policies aimed to mitigate road congestion.

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David completed all his studies at Bocconi University, in Milan (BSc in Economics and Social Sciences, MSc in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations). David joined the CAPE in March 2020 as fellow researcher and PhD candidate within the framework of the BEAMM project.

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Hugues holds a bachelor in mathematics and two research masters (one in mathematics and one in statistic) from the UC Louvain. After graduating, Hugues began to work at University Saint-Louis-Bruxelles as a full-time assistant.

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Nhi received her degree of PFIEV program in Telecommunications at Hochiminh City University of Technology, which is equivalent to Master’s degree. After graduated, she worked as a Python developer and a researcher before joining the BEAMM project in August 2021 as a research assistant. Her research interest are: data mining, anomaly detection, explainable machine learning.

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Arnaud Dorsimont graduated from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where he obtained a Master in Business Engineering and from the Namur University where he obtained a Master in Economics. After working at the Brussels Parliament, he joined Saint-Louis University to pursue his research in economics. Research interests: Arnaud Dorsimont studies the impact of tax shifts on economic development by using empirical methods.

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Astrid graduated with honors from a Master in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2020 and from a Bachelor in Economics and Management with an Architecture minor in 2018. During her Master, she participated in the Erasmus+ Program for one semester at the Bocconi University in Milan. Her research interests are public economics and more precisely mobility and its impacts on the population. She also has experience in Spending Reviews.

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Audric holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the ESL (UCLouvain). Prior to that, he was a student of the University Saint-Louis-Bruxelles. He had the chance to study abroad in Vienna and in Québec. He also enjoyed the student life as a member of Alterékot (kot-à-projet in Louvain-la-Neuve).

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Daniel Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge holds a Bachelor’s in business engineering from the UCLouvain and a double Master’s degree in economics and political sciences from the Economics School of Louvain (UCLouvain) & the University of Milan (UNIMI).

Daniel’s research interests are mainly about public economy issues. He is currently orienting his research project towards tax-benefit systems and their distributional impacts through taxation.

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Rory holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Quantitative Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, UCLouvain, and Ca' Foscari University of Venice. After graduating, Rory began to work at University Saint-Louis-Bruxelles as a full-time teaching assistant with plans to complete his PhD in Economics. His research interests are focused on but not limited to labor and public economics, more specifically the labor market conditions in the gig economy.

Research associates

Administrative staff

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Julie is the administrative manager of the Center for Applied Public Economics (CAPE) and of the Center for Research in Economics (CEREC).