Jean-Paul Fitoussi: Biography highlights

A world renowned economist whose specialisms include unemployment, inflation, and macro-economic policy.

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Jean-Paul Fitoussi is a French economist who has become a well-known figure in his field for his work in areas such as unemployment, inflation and macro-economics.

Jean-Paul Fitoussi’s Career

Fitoussi was born on the 19th of August 1942 in La Goulette, Tunisia. He attended the University of Strasbourg and studied Law and Economics, achieving a Ph.D. cum laude.

He worked as a professor at the European University Institute in Florence between 1979 and 1983, before working for the University of California in 1984. He began working as a Professor of Economics at the Institut d’tudes Politiques de Paris in 1982, a role he still occupies.

In 1989, Fitoussi became the president of the French Economic Observatory. The centre primarily focuses on economic research, economic forecasting and the evaluation of public policy. Fitoussi remained in this role until 2010.

Between 1990 and 1993, Fitoussi served as Chairman for the Economic Advisory Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He became a member of the Economic Commission of the Nation in 1996, and a member of the Council of Economic Analysis of the Prime Minister. He joined the board of the Ecole Normale Suprieure a year later.

In the year 2000, he took on the role as an expert for the European Parliament, Commission of Monetary and Economic Affairs.

Between 2008 and 2009, Fitoussi was a member of the UN Commission for the Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System and was Coordinator of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Fitoussi is president of L’Observatoire francais des conjonctures economiques (OFCE) and managing editor of the Revue et Lettre de IOFCE. Along with several colleagues, he founded OFCEs International Economic Policy Group. He is a member of the following organisations: the Scientific Committee of Revue Francaise d’Economie, the Scientific Committee of Critique Internationale, The International Journal of Development Planning Literature, the Editorial Board of Labour.


  • Officer de la legion d’honneur, France
  • Officer de l’Ordre National du Mrite, France
  • Grand Officier de l’Ordre de l’Infant Henri, Portugal
  • Association Franxaise de Sciences, Economiques Award
  • Acadamie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, Rossi Prize
  • Buenos Aires University, Doctor Honoris Causa
  • Tres de Febrero, Doctor Honoris Causa
  • University of Trento, Professor Onorario
  • Faculty of Economy of Strasbourg, Honorary Dean


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