External Activity: Conference by Claude Montmarquette, From Economic Analysis to Public Policies in Education Economics

HEC Montréal

Wednesday 25 Sep 2019
From 5PM To 6:30PM

Federico Pasin, Director of HEC Montréal, Marie-Hélène Parizeau and Pierre-Carl Michaud, Co-Chairs of the Gérard-Parizeau Fund Executive Committee, organized the conference given by the winner of the 2019 Gérard-Parizeau Award, Claude Montmarquette, Professor Emeritus at the Université de Montréal and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow.


Professor Montmarquette spoke on public and private investment in education as one of the basic elements of human capital, in a talk entitled "From Economic Analysis to Public Policies in Education Economics". He considers education to be central to individuals' freedom and a contributor to economic growth, as well as a tool for promoting equal opportunity. He examined a number of issues, from keeping students in school to educational choices and social inequality in terms of educational choices. He also discussed aspects of public policies associated with these themes.


The conference was followed by a round table discussion with:

  • Simon Bergeron, Assistant Deputy Minister for Higher Education
  • Marie Connolly, Professor in the Department of Economics at ESG UQAM and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
  • Robert Gagné, Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
  • Henri-Paul Rousseau, Associate Professor at HEC Montréal and CIRANO Invited Fellow

The panel was moderated by Pierre-Carl Michaud, Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow.

Claude Montmarquette

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 1994, Claude Montmarquette is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, he is well known as a specialist in the economics and econometrics of education and labour, and in the economics of public choice.

For many years, he was a visiting professor at the Université de Paris 1 and the Université de Lyon. He has also done several stints at France’s Université de Clermont-Ferrand and Université de Montpellier and at Morocco’s Université Hassan II. He is a renowned conference speaker who has given more than 135 seminars or conference presentations, mainly in Europe and the United States.

Claude Montmarquette is the author or editor of eight books and more than 70 scientific articles, and his findings have appeared in prestigious professional journals and educational works on economics and econometrics.

Over the course of his career, Claude Montmarquette has chaired four committees for the Quebec government, including those on drug insurance and fees for public services. He has also participated in many national and international committees, such as Statistics Canada’s National Statistics Committee and the committee for the national aggregate competition for graduate teaching to recruit university professors in economics in France.

Claude Montmarquette is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers in the Scientific category in 2010 and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2016.

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