Contact details

Professor of Economics at Université Catholique de Louvain
Affiliations : IRES, J-PAL 
Address: Collège L. H. Dupriez, 3 Place Montesquieu.
B-1348 Louvain La Neuve Belgique  
Phone: 00 32 10 47 41 07
E-Mail : william.pariente

Field of Interest

Development economics (microfinance, entrepreneurship, health)
Labor economics
Policy Evaluation, Field Experiments 

Current position

Since Sept. 2009 : Assistant Professor. Université Catholique de Louvain


December 2007: PhD in Economics with Highest Honors . Université de Paris I Sorbonne

    Thesis title: “Econometric evaluation of credit market failures and credit development policies. The case of three regions in Serbia, Brazil and Morocco”


Academic  articles

  • “Being Surveyed Can change Later Behavior and Related Parameter Estimates”,  joint with A.Zwane, J. Zinman, E. Van Dusen,, C. Null, E. Miguel, M. Kremer, D. Karlan, R. Hornbeck, X. Giné, E. Duflo, F. Devoto, B. Crepon, A. Banerjee, January 2011, "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS)

Working papers

Chapter in books 

“What is the Demand for Microcredit? The Case of Rural Areas in Serbia”, forthcoming in "The handbook of Microfinance" edited by Beatriz Armendariz and Marc Labie. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Other publications 

  • “Poverty, access to credit and the determinants of participation to a new micro-credit program in rural areas of Morocco”,joint with Bruno Crépon, Florencia Devoto and Esther Duflo, December 2008, "Ex Post Impact Analyses Series No 2", Agence Française deDéveloppement, Paris
  • “Recent Developments in the Impacts and Mechanisms of Microfinance”, joint with Esther Duflo, in "Private Sector and Development", Sept 2009
  •  “ Financial demand and access to credit in low income areas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” in "Revista Pesquisa & Debate", Volume 16, Numéro 2 (28), pages 269-308

Work in progress

  • Discrimination in the labor market: effect on employees' performance?, joint with Amanda Pallais
  • Impact of a safety net program on ultra-poor households in rural Pakistan, joint with Dean Karlan
  • Supporting youth entrepreneurship in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in France, joint  with Bruno Crépon, Esther Duflo, Elise Huillery and Juliette Seban
  • Does human and social capital help in entrepreneurship? Evidence from a randomized experiment in Morocco, joint with Bruno Crépon,  Elise Huillery and Dean Karlan


  • Advanced Micro-econometrics. Research Master, Université Catholique de Louvain (30 h)
  • Empirical methods for policy evaluation.  Master, Université Catholique de Louvain (30h) & Master Public Policy and Development (PPD), Paris School of Economics (6h)
  • Evaluation of public and social policies. Course for Adults. Université Catholique de Louvain (30h)