Andrew Clark is CNRS Research Professor at PSE in Paris, France, and Research Fellow at the IZA (Bonn). He has held posts at Dartmouth College, the University of Essex, CEPREMAP, DELTA, the OECD and the University of Orléans. His work has largely focused on the interface between psychology, sociology and economics; in particular, he has used job and life satisfaction scores, and other psychological indices, as proxy measures of utility. 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). He uses direct measures of utility to analyse unemployment, quits, efficiency wages, and labor market rents. Recent work has involved looking at the relationship between individual well-being and income inequality, and collaboration with psychologists to map out habituation to life events.
Current areas of research include:
- Applied Microeconomics.
- The use of job and life satisfaction data to analyse labour market phenomena.
- Modelling the utility function: comparisons and habituation.
- Social interactions, and social learning.
- Job quality.