Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Alice Lépissier

Political Economist, Applied Statistician

Lépissier is a political economist and applied statistician who works on climate change policy and illicit financial flows. Her research focuses on the design of market-based climate mitigation policies, climate finance, and tropical deforestation. Another strand of her research is concerned with ways in which markets are abused that cause environmental harm and hinder the prospects for sustainable development in poor countries. Lépissier uses quasi-experimental techniques from econometrics and methods from statistical data science such as machine learning to answer questions about pressing environmental problems. 

Lépissier has consulted on sustainable development for several NGOs and international organizations, notably the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is the developer of the SkyShares model, an interactive tool that allows policy-makers to simulate the economic consequences of climate deals. Lépissier holds an MA in Statistics from UCSB, an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and an MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique.