Cover Letter

Dear Director Sergio Arzeni,

Yours sincerely,

• Resourceful and never short of ideas, hard-working, methodical, analytical, scientific, innovative, ambitious yet realistic, with a positive attitude, data, results, and achievement oriented, growing up in the international environment, enjoying being a part of a team and interactions with others from same or other disciplines to achieve a synergistic effect, to work together more effectively, and to put ideas into motion;

• Holding Master Science degrees in Econometrics and Computer Science and Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM Erasmus Mundus);

• Defending my Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Quantitative models of establishment location choices: Spatial effects and strategic interactions” on March, 28 2017;

• With a five years’ analytics experience in Applied Microeconometrics, Firm Demographics, and Industrial Organization acquired in both research and higher education institutions;

I would like to apply for the position of Policy Analyst - Local Economic and Employment Development (Job Number: 11258).

Since the year 2011 I have been working at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), firstly as a research engineer and since October 2013 as a Ph.D. Candidate. This experience strengthens my drafting and analytical skills. The need for methodological advances in order to more realistically model the complexity of establishment decision-making processes, such as their optimal location choices was the key motivation of my Ph.D. thesis which focuses on accommodation of spatial spillovers, strategic interactions, and price endogeneity for establishment and firm location choices to provide a more explicit and richer picture of the regional linkages reinforcing local growth and economic development. The contents of the thesis provide some useful recommendations for city planners, transport analysts, real estate agents, urban social theorists, for entrepreneurs, business owners, and shopping center investors. My Ph.D. thesis is comprised of four scientific papers published or under the revision in the A-class international journals, such as, “Regional Science and Urban Economics” or “Networks and Spatial Economics”.

In 2015 I obtained an International Mobility Research Fellowship which opened the door to the collaboration with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), where I conducted the research on the strategic interactions and interdependence of industries using discrete choice models under the supervision of Professor Michel Bierlaire and Matthieu de Lapparent.

Prior to joining the IFSTTAR team, I worked as a research engineer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay on two projects: (1) The SustainCity Project under European Commission CORDIS 7th Research Framework Programme, Socio Economic Sciences and Humanities with a concentration on the module “Microsimulation and firm demographic models” (http://www.sustaincity.org). To describe the life cycle of the establishments, we proposed a threefold firmographic model which explains the disappearance, evolution and location choice of the business units. A clear understanding of the behavior of establishments over time is crucial in forecasting the development of the region, and related land use and transportation issues. The changes in business units affect the spatial distribution of jobs and economic activities in the urban area. These processes are of great interest for both scientists and policy makers. Firmographic models, which we built, provide a useful tool to develop policies which encourage sustainable economic growth and preserve social systems; and (2) The Grand Paris Project (Société du Grand Paris) having as an objective to measure the attractiveness of the major territorial development contracts and computation of direct and indirect effects in location choice model (http://www.societedugrandparis.fr).

The focus of my education has been always laid on the Applied Economics. I gained a double Master degree in Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM Erasmus Mundus) from the Paris School of Economics/Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and the Bielefeld University (Germany). This two-year QEM Erasmus Mundus Master Program gathers yearly about 40 top-level international students to educate them in the methodologies of Advanced Economics, as well as to refine their research competencies and enhance their ability to apply Quantitative Economics in practice. I also obtained an Econometrics and Computer Science Master’s Degree from the Poznan University of Economics (Poland) and benefited from the International Exchange Fellowship at the Karlstad University (Sweden).

I feel that my international academic and work experience, strong drafting skills and scientific writing, specialized knowledge in Applied Econometrics and Firm Demographics, fluency in English, Polish, and a good knowledge of French and Spanish languages and cultures, enjoying applying analytical skills (e.g., SAS and R) and drawing the potential from data visualization and map creation (e.g., QGIS, MapViewer, Graphviz, Xcelsius) can be of much help in the position of Policy Analyst. In addition, I am experienced working with a number of establishment/firm/employment databases at the individual or aggregate level including: (1) ERE 1997 and 2001, (2) Clap 2006, and (3) Altares 2009, 2010, and 2011. I strongly believe that my profile and experience can conduce to the further success of the CFE and add a value to the OECD as a whole.