Alexandre Ounnas is a Researcher in the Job and Skills Unit at CEPS.
Alexandre is an expert in empirical and theoretical analysis of the labour market. His main research interests include the effects of structural changes, such as automation or demographic changes, on the dynamics of the labour market. In addition, he has extensive experience in economic forecasting and empirical methods for large datasets.
Alexandre’s Ph.D. dissertation presents a study of gross worker flows by occupations in the U.S. and their effects on unemployment and labour force participation fluctuations. Labour market flows and stocks are computed from the Current Population Survey, a large monthly survey of U.S. households. The analysis covers the short-run dynamics of these two labour market stocks, as well as their long-run evolutions in the context of the structural change known as Job Polarisation.
Furthermore, he was part of the “Service d’Analyse Economique” (IRES Université Catholique de Louvain), a service in charge of producing quarterly analysis of short-term economic prospects for Belgium. As part of the team, he developed two models to forecast quarterly GDP growth for Belgium and the eurozone. Alexandre was also involved in a research project forecasting quarterly GDP growth for the Belgian region of Wallonia.
He has a solid background in time series econometrics, regarding seasonal adjustments, outliers and economic forecasting in particular. Moreover, Alexandre has a good command of econometric methods for policy evaluation and has experience in working with large datasets. He also has in-depth knowledge of labour market models.
Alexandre holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain, a Master’s degree magna cum laude in Econometrics from Université Catholique de Louvain and a Bachelor’s degree mention très bien in Economics and Management from Université Lumière Lyon 2.
Mother tongue French, he is fluent in English and has good knowledge of Italian.