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Eric French

Eric French

Co-Director, CPP, Research Fellow


PhD in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
MS in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
BA in Economics, High Honors with Distinction, University of California-Berkeley, 1992

Eric is the Montague Burton Professor of Industrial Relations and Labour Economics at University of Cambridge, Professor of Economics at University College London, Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) and a Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.  His primary research interests are labor, public finance, health, and applied econometrics. French's research has been published in Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Handbook of Labor Economics, Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging, Annual Reviews, American Economic Journal: Policy, and Journal of Human Resources.  Previously he was a senior economist and research advisor on the microeconomics team in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  He also taught at the Department of Economics and the Business School at Northwestern University. 

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/12
We estimate a rich model of retired singles and couples with bequest motives and uncertain longevity and medical expenses.
IFS Working Paper W21/07
Using data covering a single cohort’s first 55 years of life, we show that most of the intergenerational elasticity of earnings (IGE) is explained by differences in: years of schooling, cognitive skills, investments of parental time and school quality, and family circumstances during childhood.

Reports and comment

A special issue of Fiscal Studies published today looks at patterns of individual level health spending across a range of countries, and finds some important similarities. It shows how health spending is concentrated in the last years of life, how significantly more is spent on the poor than on the ...
External publication
This paper uses comparable data from the U.S. and England to examine similarities and differences in the level and trajectories of assets among households age 70 and older.


This presentation was given at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics.