Simon Lapointe is a Post-doctoral Researcher at VATT. Simon’s research interests lie generally in the fields of political and public economics. Recent and current research projects include an analysis on the role of ethno-linguistic diversity in municipal secessions, as well as experimental work on the topics of regional secessions, and cooperation across ethnic groups. Simon also works on fiscal competition, specifically on regional bidding wars in subsidies to attract firms, and on the effects of political polarization in parliaments on public spending.
Before working at VATT, Simon completed his PhD dissertation jointly at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and at the University of Avignon in France. During that time, he also visited several international departments (the IQSS at Harvard, Toulouse School of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics). He has also obtained a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, in Canada, and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in London, UK. Simon has also worked as an economist for the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, a Canadian think tank on productivity and wellbeing, and at the Research Service of the Canadian Parliament as an analyst on international trade.