Olivier Marie

Research Fellow

Maastricht University

Olivier Marie is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of the School of Business of Economics of Maastricht University in The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD from Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) in 2010 and holds and MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE). He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the LSE, a Research Network Affiliate of the CESifo Group in Munich, and a Fellow at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Markets (ROA) at Maastricht University.

His main research interests include: the economics of crime, economics of education, labour economics, micro-econometrics, policy evaluation.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9004
Journal of Political Economy, 2017, 125 (2), 393-430

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany experienced an unprecedented temporary drop in fertility driven by economic uncertainty. Using various educational measures, we show that the children born during this nativity slump perform worse from an early age onwards. Consistent with negative selection, mothers who gave birth in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8900
published in: Review of Economic Studies, 2017, 84(3)

This paper investigates how legal cannabis access affects student performance. Identification comes from an exceptional policy introduced in the city of Maastricht which discriminated legal access based on individuals' nationality. We apply a difference-in-difference approach using administrative panel data on over 54,000 course grades of local students enrolled at Maastricht...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7712

We explore the link between parental selection and criminality of children in a new context. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East Germany experienced a very large, but temporary, drop in birth rates mostly driven by economic uncertainty. We exploit this natural experiment in a differences-in-differences setup...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6582
published in: German Economic Review (Special Issue on Economics of Crime), 2012, 13, 366-84

We present new evidence on the causal impact of education on crime, by considering a large expansion of the UK post-compulsory education system that occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The education expansion raised education levels across the whole education distribution and, in particular for our analysis, at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5000
published in: Economic Journal, 2011, 121 (552), 463-484

In this paper, we present evidence on empirical connections between crime and education, using various data sources from Britain. A robust finding is that criminal activity is negatively associated with higher levels of education. However, it is essential to ensure that the direction of causation flows from education to crime....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1853
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9 (4), 678 - 701

In this paper we look at links between police resources and crime in a different way to the existing economics of crime work. To do so we focus on a large-scale policy intervention – the Street Crime Initiative – that was introduced in England and Wales in 2002. This allocated...