Founding Members

David Rivera Gonzalez

David Rivera Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Bordeaux. He holds a Master in Development Economics from P.S.L. University - Paris Dauphine. His research focuses on labor markets, tax-benefit policies, as well as their link to inequality, and social unrest. He is part of the WAPLAC founding members and also serves as webmaster for WAPLAC and secondary webmaster for wapsociety. He also spends his extra hours as a dedicated rock climber and cinema buff.

H. Xavier Jara

H. Xavier Jara is Research Officer at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He is an applied economist working in the fields of public and development economics and specialized in the study of poverty and inequality, the redistributive effect of tax-benefit policies, labour supply and well-being measurement. He holds a PhD in Economics and a Master of Advanced Studies in Economics from the University of Leuven. Prior to joining the III, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex.  

Olivier Bargain

Olivier is professor of economics at Bordeaux University, former member of the Council of Economic Advisor to the French PM. He is an export on social and fiscal policies (and their impact on inequality, poverty and labor market behavior), intra-household inequality and well-being measurement. He has founded WAP in 2020. He plays guitar … and still hasn’t chosen between Knopfler and Clapton.