Olivier Jacques

McGill University

Department of Political Science
Program: PhD
Supervisor: Dietlind Stolle
Email: olivier.jacques@mail.mcgill.ca
Start: 2015

Title: The permanent austerity trilemma: causes and consequences of choices between taxes, investment and social consumption.

My dissertation focus on the political economy of fiscal choices in developed economies. I conceive budgets as a trilemma between taxes, investment in the future and current consumption. I verify if governments have a short-term bias and prioritize lower taxes and higher curent consumption over long-term investment. I investigate the conditions incentivizing governments to choose future-oriented investment and the partisan preferences regarding taxes, social consumption and investment. Finally, my dissertation analyze the distributional consequence of fiscal choices within Canadian provinces. My other projects include research on Canadian politics, notably on interprovincial social policy differences, the Canadian welfare state and its relationship with tax policies. Also, I do cross national research on the impact of welfare states' design and income redistribution.

Previous Awards
Research Grant, Chaire de Recherche en Fiscalité et Finances Publiques Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship of the Social Science Research Council of Canada, 2015-2017 Doctoral scholarship, Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et Culture (Offer declined), 2015-2017 Prix pour la meilleure thèse de maitrise de 2015, Institut de Recherche en Économie Contemporaine FRQSC Master’s degree scholarship, 2014-2015 Participation in the Parliamentary Internship Program SSHRC Master’s degree scholarship, 2013-2014 Provincial Millennium Excellence Scholarship, 2009