Nicolas’ research interests include labour economics, tax and transfer policies, homelessness, welfare economics, development economics, microsimulation modelling and micro-macro modelling. Nicolas is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Melbourne Institute Tax and Transfer Simulator (MITTS).
Nicolas currently holds the position of Principal Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne, which he joined in 2007. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux (France). He has undertaken commissioned research for the World Bank, the European Commission, the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Australian National Centre for Vocational Education Research. His research has been published in journals such as Oxford Economic Papers , Journal of Urban Economics and Fiscal Studies. His recent article on income redistribution in Australia won the 2015 Economic Record Best Paper Prize.