Didier Laussel is Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille School of Economics. He has published dozens of papers in top economic journals including the American Economic Review with well-known coauthors from US, Canada, Belgium, Portugal and other countries.
He acted very often as referee in these journals and has been until very recently associate editor of the Journal of Public Economic Theory.
He was the chairman of the economics chapter of the French National University Council (CNU) from 2003 to 2011 and has a very good knowledge of the academic environment in economics both in France and abroad.
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