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This series introduces us to a different employee every week. Find out what they most enjoy about their job and learn things you might not know about them yet. This week: ASE assistant professor of Economics Bérengère Patault.

What do you like most about your job?

I like many things about my work. But what I probably like most is understanding new concepts, and learning about various topics. I like the freedom and uncertainty that one has when starting a new research project. I also really enjoy the feeling of contributing to building knowledge.

Which project or research from the past year are you most proud of?

In the past year, I have worked on both existing projects and new projects. I would say that I’m proud to have polished my existing papers and managed to get revision requests (ed. the submitted paper is under consideration for publication) from some journals. New projects are often the most exciting ones, and sometimes it takes quite a bit of motivation and resilience to finish the existing ones.  I am excited about upcoming projects. With co-authors, we are studying the shift from manufacturing to services in French firms. We aim to document the role of international trade to explain this pattern.

What don’t most colleagues know about you?

My weirdest personality trait is that I love eating candies.