Born on 28 July 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
Married, two children
Director, Bruegel (for Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory), Brussels (since 2005)
Professor of economics, Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris
Member of the French Prime minister’s consultative Council of Economic Analysis – Conseil d’analyse économique
Member of le Cercle des économistes
Member of the French Conseil des Affaires étrangères
Member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
Member of the Council on International Monetary Reform
Member of the Board of Notre Europe
Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Member of the Scientific Council of CREST, Paris
Columnist for Le Monde, Handelsblatt and the Chinese magazine Caixin
Contributor to The Economist’s blog Economics By Invitation
Contributor to Project Syndicate
Past professional positions
2004-2005: Project manager, Project for a European centre for international economics, Brussels.
2002-2004: Senior adviser to the Director of the Treasury, French MOF.
2001-2002: Executive president of the French Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council - Conseil d’analyse économique.
2000-2001: Senior adviser, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. Commissioned by the PM to prepare a report on France’s return to full employment.
1997-2000: Senior economic adviser (later appointed senior economic and international adviser) to the French minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, with responsibilities for macro-economic and fiscal policy strategy, European and international policy issues, social security reform and employment policy.
1992-97: Director of the Centre d'études prospectives et d'informations internationales (CEPII, Paris), France’s main policy research centre in international economics (50-60 persons). The centre’s range of research topics covered international macro-economic, monetary and financial issues, European integration, international trade, and transition.
1989-1992: Economic adviser to the Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels. Co-author of the Commission’s reports on the costs and benefits of European Economic and Monetary Union (One Market, One Money) and on the economics of the transition in the former USSR. Also in charge of preparing programmes for economic and technical assistance to the Soviet Union.
1983-89: Head of the macro-economic department, CEPII. Responsible for building and operating a multinational macroeconomic model, in co-operation with the Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE). In parallel, research on the U.S. economy, on economic policy issues and on international economic topics.
1981-83: Economist, Commissariat général du Plan, Paris (French Planning Agency), dealing with a range of international and domestic economic policy issues.
1977-81: Economist, CEPII, Paris.
Past teaching positions
Professor (chargé de cours), Ecole polytechnique, Paris, 1996-2004
Professor, Ecole centrale, Paris, 1993-96.
Chairman of the economic jury, Ecole nationale d’administration, Paris, 1994.
Adjunct professor, Université libre de Bruxelles, 1990-95
Maître de conferences (assistant professor), Institut d’études politiques, Paris, 1983-86 and 1988-89
Assistant professor, Centre d’études des programmes économiques, Paris, 1979-85.
President of the French Economic Association – AFSE (2006-2007)
Member of the High-Level Group of experts on Economic Governance in an Enlarged Europe (‘Sapir Group’) appointed by the European Commission’s president (2002-2003).
Member of the European Commission’s president’s Group of Economic Analysis (2001-2004).
Chairman of a French Planning Agency’s working group on the perspectives for European strengthened economic cooperation (2002-2003).
Co-founder and co-organiser of the French-German Economic Forum, 1997-98-99.
Member of advisory panels to the European Commission’s DGII and DGIII (1996-97, 2000).
Member of the Economic Policy Group of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels (1994-96, 2000).
Expert for the IMF (1997, 1999)
Co-rapporteur of the French-German Working Party on Competitiveness and Employment, 1994.
Chairman of the working party on EMU, French Planning Agency, 1992-93.
Rapporteur of the evaluation panel of the ACE programme, European Commission (DGXII), 1993.
Honours and awards
Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour
Insead alumni award, 2007
Economic book of the year award for La bonne aventure, 2001.
Villermé award of the French Academy for Full Employment Report, 2001.
Awarded « Economist of the year » (money and finance category), by Le Nouvel Economiste, 1996.
Granted status of University professor of economics by the Conseil national des universités, Paris, 2004.
Advanced graduate degree in economics from the Centre d'études des programmes économiques (CEPE), Paris 1977
Master in mathematics, University Paris 5, 1974
Engineer, Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité, Paris, 1973
French. Fluent professional English. Basic German. Some Russian.
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