Biographical notes (1994)


Antoni Espasa is a graduate in Economic Sciences and Law from the University of Deusto, and has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

In 1975 he obtained a graduate position in the Studies Service of the Bank of Spain, and in 1985 he was appointed Chief-Economist. In October 1990 he joined Carlos III University, and has been held the position of Professor there since November 1992.

Antoni Espasa is an elected member of the "European Economic Association" Council. He has had several books published, as well as various articles and papers on Econometrics, Applied Economics and Statistics, both in national and foreign magazines and journals.

In October 1991 he was awarded the "James I" prize for Economics. He is a member of the panel of experts working on economic predictions set up by the Ministry of Economics in July, 1994.


Bernard Grais is a Management Consultant for Social and Regional Statistics in EUROSTAT. Previously, he was the Head of the Department of Employment and Family Budgets at the INSEE, Paris.

Ex-President of the Committee given the task of revising the international regulations concerning Statistics of the Active Population, Employment, Unemployment and Subemployment. Vice-president, between 1980 and 1992, of the OECD Work Group dealing with employment and unemployment statistics.


Alois Van Bastelaer has worked for Statistics Netherlands since 1982. He was head of the Statistical Methodology Unit in the Heerlen office and, between 1985 and 1987, in charge of the Project to Redesign the Labour Market Questionnaire. More recently he has worked as a specialist in the Department of Labour Statistics. Since November 1994 he has worked on the Services Committee in EUROSTAT.


André Persenaire is a graduate in Applied Economic Sciences and Economic Analysis and Economic Politics. He has been Head of Employment and Unemployment Statistics in EUROSTAT since 1987.