Wednesday 28 February 2018


Jean Tirole

Delivering economics for the common good

In his talk, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Jean Tirole, will focus on how to take good economic ideas into the domain of effective public policy (rather than leaving them to languish in the academic departments where they were developed).

Can public decision-making be structured to achieve better outcomes? What role should the market, the state and broader ideas of social responsibility play in achieving the common good? Can economists and other experts overcome the distrust in which they are currently held by the public? And how can they become more effective in their work?

Jean Tirole

When awarding him the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2014 for his research on understanding and regulating markets, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences applauded Jean Tirole as “one of the most influential economists of our times”.

He is chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. He is also affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, and with EHESS, and is a member of the French Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.

He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from eleven universities and is an honorary member of a number of learned societies, including the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published twelve books and received many honours for his work.

"One of the most influential economists of our times"

the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences