Steine Lecture Series
Monday, October 4th, 2010
François Bourguignon , Director of the Paris School of Economics and former Chief Economist for the World Bank
Since October 2007, François Bourguignon has been the Director of the Paris School of Economics (PSE). In addition, he is Professor of Economics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Among other advisory boards, he currently serves on the Conseil d’analyse économique (Council of Economic Advisors) of the French Prime Minister.
Bourguignon co-founded and directed the Département et Laboratoire d’Economie Théorique et Appliquée (DELTA), a research unit in theoretical and applied economics that was later incorporated into the PSE. He has also held academic positions at the Ecole Normal Supérieure, the University of Toronto, and the University of Chile. He was Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2003 to 2007. Bourguignon received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.
Bourguignon is a specialist in the economics of development, public policy, economic growth, and issues related to inequality and poverty. He played an important in reorienting the focus of the World Bank so as to increase the prominence of inequality and poverty on its agenda. His is the author or editor of twelve books and has published well over one hundred articles.
Bourguignon was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite in 1991. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Université de Génève, the University of Western Ontario, and the Université de Liège. Bourguignon is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was President of the European Economic Association for Population Economics in 1995. He has received both the gold and silver medals for academic achievements from the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.