Ph.D. candidate in Economics

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Université de Montreal

Department of Economics

3150 Jean-Brillant, QC, H3T 1N8

felicien.goudou@umontreal.ca


Welcome!
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Université de Montreal. My research interest is in macroeconomics with a focus on labor economics, firm heterogeneity and misallocation of factors.

I am on the 2022/2023 job market and will be available for interviews at the American Economic Association (AEA/ASSA), the European Job Market (EJME), and the Canadian Economics Employment Exchange (CEEE) annual meetings.

My CV is available here.

Interests
  • Macroeconomics
  • Macro-labor
  • Firms dynamics
  • Climate economics
Education
  • PhD in Economics, 2023 (Expected)

    Université de Montreal

  • M.Sc. in Statistics and Economics, ENSEA-Abidjan, 2015

    National School of Statistics and Applied Economics

Research

The Employment Effects of Non-compete Contracts: Job Retention versus Job Creation

This paper studies the labor market effects of Non-Compete Agreements (NCAs) that constrain employee mobility, in a search model featuring random hiring and endogenous separation. Non-compete clauses limit workers’ job opportunities; thus, an unemployed worker who is bound by NCAs has a lower job finding rate relative to the unconstrained worker. Moreover, since NCAs encourage firm investment through the lengthening of job tenure, firms prefer to include them and are incentivized to create vacancies for jobs that have a higher probability of including NCAs in their contracts. Hence, the average job finding rate increases with the incidence of NCAs through increased labor market tightness. Conversely, a higher incidence of NCAs also increases the proportion of job seekers that are constrained by NCAs, making job vacancies more difficult to fill. Therefore, the average job finding rate drops through decreasing labor market tightness. Calibrated to the US economy, the model implies a decreasing job finding rate with the incidence of NCAs, consistent with the evidence found in US data. This fact appears as a trade-off for a lower job separation rate and higher firm investment in worker human capital implied by a higher incidence of NCAs. In equilibrium, the model predicts a higher unemployment rate associated with a higher incidence of enforceable NCAs in the economy. In addition, the paper shows that a restriction on the duration of NCAs is welfare improving.

Teaching

 
 
 
 
 
INSTRUCTOR
Université de Montreal
Jan 2018 – Dec 2021 Montreal
Taught Quantitative Economics II (Undergraduate. Winter 18, 20 & 21 ; Fall 19 & 20)
 
 
 
 
 
TEACHING ASSISTANT
Université de Montreal
Jan 2017 – Present Montreal

Courses include:

  • Macroeconomics Theory I & II (Fall 18 ; Winter 18, 19, 20 & 22)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (Fall 19, 21)
  • Principles of Economics (Fall 20)
  • Econometrics I (Winter 22)
  • Inequality and Growth (Winter 18)
  • Quantitative Methods (Fall 17, graduate Ph.D. level)

References

Immo Schott
Baris Kaymak
Joao Galindo da Fonseca
Associate Professor of Economics
Senior Research Economist
Assistant Professor of Economics
Université de Montreal
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Université de Montreal