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In Memoriam

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by Marie Claire Villeval

Claude Montmarquette has passed away on September 8, 2021, in Montreal, after a long illness. Claude was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Montreal. He was an expert in the economics of education, public choice and applied econometrics. He held the Bell-Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec chair in experimental economics. He has been a pioneer in the implementation of experimental economics in Quebec and an enthusiastic promoter of the use of experimental economics for the design of public policies. He was convinced that experiments provide a powerful instrument for testing policies and he has been an ambassador of the method to policy-makers in Canada. He has assisted the Quebec government in the design of programs in education, health, and tax policy.

Claude received his PhD from the University of Chicago and he was one of the founders of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Analyse des Organisations (CIRANO) in Montreal, a major organization promoting the dialogue between academics, companies, and policy-makers. He was a researcher at CIRANO, but he has also been its President and CEO for several years.

He was also a guest professor at GATE every year from 1998 to 2007, where everyone benefited from his advice, his expertise, and his always benevolent attention.

Claude is the author or editor of 11 books, over 100 scientific articles, and over 60 public policy documents. He has been awarded many prestigious distinctions for his career and contributions in academia and beyond. He has been the president of the Canadian Society of Economics.
He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in Law from McGill University. In 2016, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Montreal, and Elected Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2019.

In recent years, he was still involved in several projects relative to financial literacy, public health, and education. This year, despite his illness, he published several experimental papers on insurance behavior and on the individuals’ perception of the minimum wage.

Anyone who met Claude could see how passionate he was about experimental economics. Anyone who knew him was impressed by his generosity and his foresight. He helped so many graduate students and young colleagues in Canada and in France ! He never spared his time to help you solve econometric problems, listen to new ideas, and give advice.

Claude was not only a great colleague and scholar, he was also a friend. He will leave moving memories of a highly respected Man, with a lively sense of humor and immense human values.

We miss him already.
Marie Claire Villeval