Nicolas GRAVEL
Nicolas GRAVEL
Director of CSH
Economics and Development


Nicolas Gravel was born on April 21 1964 in Accra (Ghana) as a Canadian citizen. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Political Science and economics at the University of Montreal in 1986, a Master degree in economics at the same university in 1989 and a Ph. D. in economics at University of British Columbia in 1993.

He has been research fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), professor of economics at university of Sherbrooke (Canada), Maître de conférences at the Université de Cergy Pontoise (France) and, after being ranked 4th at the national French Agrégation exam, became professor of economics first at university Paul Valéry (Montpellier III) and then at Aix-Marseille University (after October 2002). From September 2004 to 2007, he has been under deputation at the French Ministry of foreign affairs where he works as a researcher at CSH Delhi. He then got back to Aix-Marseille University from 2007 to 2017 as a professor of economics.

Nicolas Gravel’s main field of expertise is public economics, broadly defined as the branch of economics that examines the causes and the consequences of public intervention in the economic sphere. His recent research themes include the measurement of inequalities, poverty, and social mobility, the analysis of processes of human group formation, tax competition, contribution to public good and decision under uncertainty. He has published about fifty research articles on these themes in various journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Economic theory, Journal of Economic Theory, and Social Choice and Welfare. He has also co-edited, with Jean-François Laslier, Marc Fleurbaey and Alain Trannoy, the book “Freedom in Economics: New perspectives in normative analysis” (Routledge 1998).

Nicolas Gravel has been also actively involved in the management of research. He has been the director of GREQAM from 2012 to 2017, and has served as an expert on many evaluative boards, including the French HCERES, the Belgium FNRS and the Canadian SSHRCC.


Recent Publications:

1. “Robust Normative Evaluation of Socially Risky Situations" (with B.Tarroux), Social Choice and Welfare, 2015, 44 (2),pp.257-282.

2. “The segregative properties of endogenous jurisdiction formation with a land market” (with R. Oddou), Journal of Public Economics, 117, 2014, p.15-17.

3. “Utilitarianism or Welfarism: Does it Make a Difference?” (with P. Moyes), Social Choice in Welfare, 40,2013, p.529-551.

4. “Uniform expected utility criteria for decision making under ignorance or objective ambiguity” (with T. MarcMarchant andSen), Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 56, 2012, p. 297-315.

5. “Ethically Robust Comparisons of Bidimensional Distributions with an Ordinal Attribute” (with P. Moyes), Journal of Economic theory, 147, 2012, p.1384-1426.