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Caroline Tassot

Associate Economist

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Office: VPD 314H
Phone: (213) 821-2778
E-mail: tassot@usc.edu


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Biographical Sketch

Caroline Tassot is an Associate Economist at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Prior to USC, she was a doctoral fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her dissertation focused on subjective well-being, in particular looking at the impact of unemployment on well-being, as well as methodological aspects related to the measurement of well-being.

During her graduate studies at Sciences Po Paris, she did field work for RAND's randomized control trial on social policy in Mexico at the RAND Center for Latin American Social Policy. She has also worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, editing and updating the OECD 2010 Health database. As part of her undergraduate studies, Caroline spent a year in Mexico City, studying one semester at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. While in Mexico, she interned at the Inter-American Development Bank where she worked on labor market and education programs, and at the Mexican Health Foundation where she helped coordinate the International Consultation to Design a Collaborative Community on Health Metrics and Evaluation.


  • PhD in Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School 5/2014
  • MPhil in Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School 2/2013
  • Master International Affairs and Development Economics, Sciences Po Paris 6/2010
  • Bachelor in Political Sciences, Sciences Po Paris 6/2008


  • Research Assistant, USC Center for Economic and Social Research, 2013
  • Assistant Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation, 2010
  • Intern, OECD Health Department, 2010
  • Visiting scholar, RAND Corporation Center for Latin American Social Policy, 2009
  • Intern, Mexican Health Foundation (Funsalud), 2008


  • Aguila, Emma, Arie Kapteyn and Caroline Tassot. Targeting Cash Transfer Programs for an Older Population. RAND Corporation Working Paper 950. June 2012.
  • Fleishman-Mayer, Lauren A., Angela Hung, Joanne Yoong, Jack Clift and Caroline Tassot. Designing Better Pension Benefits Statements. Current Status, Best Practices and Insights from the Field of Judgment and Decisionmaking. RAND Corporation Working Paper 951. April 2013.
  • Kapteyn, Arie, Jinkook Lee, Caroline Tassot, Hanka Vonkova and Gema Zamarro. Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being.USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research Working Paper 5. July 2013.
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