Andrew Clark is a CNRS Research Professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE). He previously held posts at Dartmouth, Essex, CEPREMAP, DELTA, the OECD and the University of Orléans.

His work has largely focussed on the interface between psychology, sociology and economics; in particular, using job and life satisfaction scores, and other psychological indices, as proxy measures of utility. The broad area is social interactions and social learning.

One research field has been that of relative utility or comparisons (to others like you, to others in the same household, and to yourself in the past), finding evidence of such comparisons with respect to both income and unemployment. This work has spilled over into theoretical and empirical work on evidence for and the implications of following behaviour and learning from others' actions. Recent work has involved collaboration with psychologists to map out habituation to life events (such as job loss, marriage, and divorce) using long-run panel data. In addition, direct measures of utility allow direct tests of popular models of the labour market. In this spirit, his work has looked at unemployment, quits, and labour market rents.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4730
published in: Health Economics, 2015, 24 (5), 516-538
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4414
published in: Economic Journal, 2010, 120 (544), 573-594
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4210
published in: Labour Economics, 2010, 17 (1), 52-61
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3940
published in: Ed Diener, John Helliwell, and Danny Kahneman (eds.), International Differences in Well-Being. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3813
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2009, 7, (2-3), 519–527
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3476
Andrew E. Clark, Nathalie Colombier, David Masclet
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2008, 29 (7), 591-609
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3170
published in: Mariano Rojas (ed.), The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed our Understanding of Well-being and Progress, New York: Springer, 2019
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3073
published in: Economic Journal, 2009, 119 (536), 430–447
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2840
published in: Journal of Economic Literature, 2008, 46 (1), 95-144
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2526
published in: Economic Journal, 2008, 118 (529), F222–F243