Jean Paul Fitoussi

Professor of Economics
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

Professor of Economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences –Po), Paris and LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome.

Since 1997, he has been a member of the Council of Economic Analysis of the French Prime Minister and a member of the Economic Commission of the Nation.

He has published a number of articles in international scientific journals on inflation and unemployment theories, open-economy theory, macroeconomic theory and policy, and European integration. He has also published numerous books and essays on related subjects. Among his last books are:

Mismeasuring our lives, with Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, the New Press, 2010; After the Crisis, the Way Ahead, with Edmund S. Phelps, Christopher Pissarides and al., Luiss University Press, 2010; Report on the State of the European Union, Palgrave, 2010.  

Dr. Fitoussi has contributed regularly to French and foreign newspapers and is columnist for La Repubblica, Le Monde and Project syndicate.

From 2000, to 2009 he has been an expert at the European Parliament, Commission of Monetary and Economic Affairs. He has been President of OFCE, a French research centre and forecasting institute, from 1990 to 2010. He was also a member of the UN Commission on the Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System and Coordinator of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (2008-2009).

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Jean-Paul Fitoussi argued that excessive inequality contributed to the financial crisis and that it undermined democracy. He suggested that economic policy-making take into consideration not only effects on output but also effects on democracy. 

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When is one theory better than the other? What is progress in economics? "The Kids" asked a dozen economists in the halls of the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and we invite you to watch what they said.

In 2008, the world avoided making the policy mistakes of the Great Depression. That's progress, says George Akerlof. Anatole Kaletsky tells us what progress is not: to introduce, in the name of rigor, ever more unrealistic assumptions in economics, however mathematically convenient these may be. And James Galbraith compares progress to pornography: it's hard to define, but you recognize it if you ever see it.