Sylvain Giguère is Head of the OECD division for local economic and employment development (LEED), based in Paris. The group’s mission is to contribute to the creation of more and better quality jobs across the OECD and beyond. The team is composed of around 25 economists, researchers, statisticians and assistants, and includes a unit in Trento (Italy) training policymakers.

A Canadian national, Sylvain Giguère joined the OECD in 1995, first to work in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA). In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Head of the LEED Programme, where he developed a policy research agenda to help governments achieve better results by improving their ability to coordinate and target policy. The work has produced policy lessons on a broad spectrum, from employment, skills and inclusion to innovation, entrepreneurship and migration. LEED reports to a governing board of 36 countries and works extensively with emerging economies and practitioners around the world to get the broadest feedback.

Sylvain’s work has been published widely by the OECD and other publishers such as Palgrave Macmillan and Nikkei, and translated into many languages. He studied at University of Quebec at Montreal and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ont.), obtaining a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in economics, specialising in labour demand modeling, and holds a Ph.D. in economics (Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne), on economic policy in conditions of interdependence.

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