David Margolis is a Research Director in economics with France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), assigned to the Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, a research center at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne affiliated with the Paris School of Economics. From 2009 to 2012 he was on loan to the World Bank's Social Protection and Labor Department. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1993, and taught at the Université de Montréal before moving to France. His research interests include the econometrics of matched employer-employee data, labor market insertion of youth and welfare recipients, and integrating industrial organization with labor economics, often approached from a perspective that compares equilibrium outcomes across different countries.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2001.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11197

This paper studies why PhDs in France take longer to find stable jobs than engineers. Using data from CEREQ's "Génération 2004" survey, we show that job finding rates of PhDs are lower than those of engineers and document the differences in their observable characteristics and fields of study. We show...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8273

Over half of all workers in the developing world are self-employed. Although some self-employment is chosen by entrepreneurs with well-defined projects and ambitions, roughly two thirds results from individuals having no better alternatives. The importance of self-employment in the overall distribution of jobs is determined by many factors, including social...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7747

This article analyses the distributional impact of remittances across two regions of Algerian emigration (Nedroma and Idjeur) using an original survey we conducted of 1,200 households in 2011. Remittances and especially the role played by foreign pensions decrease the Gini index by nearly 4 % for the two Algerian regions,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6660

This paper analyses the potential impacts of introducing unemployment insurance (UI) in middle income countries using the case of Malaysia, which today does not have such a system. The analysis is based on a job search model with unemployment and three employment sectors: formal and informal wage employment, and self...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1994

This paper considers the role mergers and acquisitions have on employment. First, it considers the importance of different aspects of compensation policy and human resource management practices for distinguishing acquired and acquiring firms. Second, it examines which individuals from which firms remain with the newly created entity after the takeover....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1467
published as 'Does work pay in France? Monetary incentives, hours constraints, and the guaranteed minimum' in: Journal of Public Economics, 2008, 92 (7), 1669-1697

Most welfare programs generate high marginal tax rates on labor income. This paper uses a representative sample of individuals on France's main welfare program (the Revenu Minimum d'Insertion, or RMI) to estimate monetary gains to employment for welfare recipients. This is based on the distribution of potential monthly earnings faced...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 699
David N. Margolis, Véronique Simonnet
published in French as "Filières éducatives, réseaux et réussite professionnelle" in Economie et prévision, 2005164-165, 2005.

Does the educational track (technical or professional, as opposed to general) provide individuals with networks that are useful in the labor market? And how do these networks help? In this paper, we consider the effect of the educational track on the means by which individuals find employment, the time it...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 461

In this paper, we estimate the difference in long-run after-tax and transfer income from employment and from non-employment available in January 1998 to families in France that received the Guaranteed Minimum Income (RMI) in December 1996. Based on estimated wages we compute potential increases in disposable income (without accounting for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 330

We use matched firm-worker panel data from France and Norway to consider observationally equivalent alternatives to the hypothesis that firms share product market rents with their workers in the form of higher wages. After documenting the main stylized facts, we find that neither the main statistical explanations (group effect in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 203

We use longitudinal individual wage and employment data in France and the United States to investigate the effect of changes in the real minimum wage rate on an individual’s employment status. We focus on workers employed at wages close enough to the minimum in a reference year as to be...

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