Maxime Bercholz joined the ESRI as a Research Assistant in October 2017. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology and an MSc in Economics, both from Trinity College Dublin. His dissertation examined the impact of the Great Recession on higher education participation in Ireland. Maxime has previously worked as a teaching assistant in mathematics and statistics and as a research assistant at Trinity College Dublin, and more recently as an intern in the ESRI. His work in the ESRI focuses on micro-simulation modelling of the tax-benefit system.