Special sessions > Keynote Lectures

Monday, May 14

9:15 am – 10:15 am -  Conference room

Inaugural Lecture : Jean Tirole (Toulouse School of Economics, Nobel Prize 2014)         

Jean Tirole is chairman of the Jean-Jacques Laffont - Toulouse School of Economics Foundation and scientific director of the Institute for Industrial Economics. He is laureate of numerous international distinctions, including the 2007 CNRS gold medal and the 2014 Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel.

Professor Tirole’s research covers industrial organization, regulation, finance, macroeconomics and banking, and psychology-based economics. 

Topic: "New threats on financial stability and the future of financial regulation"



Tuesday, May 15

9 am – 10 am -  Conference room

Jean-Jacques Laffont Lecture : Abhijit Banerjee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Abhijit Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Invited Professor at the Paris School of Economics. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab.

Topic: "Humanizing network economics" 



Wednesday, May 16

9:30 am – 10:30 am -  Conference room

Presidential Lecture : Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (Université Paris 1, Paris School of Economics, AFSE President)

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré is a Professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at Paris School of Economics. She is also a member of the French macro-prudential authority and of the board of the Banque de France.

Her research focuses on international monetary issues, macroeconomic policy, and European integration.

Topic: "A renewed strategy for the euro area and the EU"

Abstract : The euro area continues to suffer from critical weaknesses that are the result of a poorly designed fiscal and financial architecture, but its members are divided on how to address the problems. The conference will first present the reform package proposed by the 14 Franco-German expert group in January 2018. It will then cover the question of non-fiscal macroeconomic policy coordination, which has proved even less successful than fiscal coordination. It will end by questioning policy assignment between the national and the European level.


Wednesday, May 16

4:10 pm – 5:30 pm -  Conference room

Closing Lecture : Sir Angus Deaton (Princeton University, Nobel Prize 2015)

Sir Angus Deaton is a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University.

His current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty and inequality in the US, India and around the world. He was the recipient of the 2015 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. In 2016 he was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to economics and international affairs. 

Topic: "What is happening to mortality and morbidity in the US? And what might it imply for Europe?"

Abstract : I summarize recent work by Case and Deaton, (PNAS, 2015, and Brookings Paper on Economic Activity, 2017) on rising morbidity and mortality among white non-Hispanics in the US, and present extensions and new results. I shall argue that a key driver of these misfortunes is long-term (half-century) decline in wages for those without a university degree and discuss why this has happened. I shall review possible reasons why we do not see similar events in Europe, and argue that there are grounds for concern that, as so often in the past, health events in the USA might presage similar developments in Europe.

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