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Jean-Hervé Lorenzi, President of the Cercle des économistes

The Cercle des économistes is a think tank founded in 1992 on the initiative of Jean-Hervé Lorenzi. It brings together thirty economists with both academic responsabilities and a broad professional experience in the private or the public sector. The Cercle aims at creating an economic debate open to all.  Members are renowed experts with varied fields of interest and disctinct approaches, allowing the Cercle to cover most of the major topics in Economics and ensuring the depth and breadth of the debate. Several annual events are organised by the association including Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, a major economic Forum in Europe. It is also taking part in the public debate by publishing several books and by its weekly interventions in the media.

Laurence BOONE, membres du Cercle des économistes "en disponibilité", Conseillère spéciale pour les affaires économiques et financières multilatérales et européennes, Sherpa

Laurence Boone, member of the Cercle des économistes


The idea to organise an open debate combining political realism, facts and rigour in the analysis emerged almost twenty years ago. at this time, the French monetary policy was leaving very few space for economic discussions. Progressively the Cercle des économistes found its place and it is now a major protagonist in the economic realm thanks to its various activities (forums, publications, intervention in the media,  …)


The Members  

Yann Algan, Patrick Artus, Emmanuelle Auriol, Françoise Benhamou (co-chair), Jean-Paul Betbèze, Christian de Boissieu, Laurence Boone, Stéphane Carcillo, André Cartapanis, Jean-Marie Chevalier, Hippolyte d’Albis (co-chair), Lionel Fontagné, Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Patrice Geoffron, Pierre Jacquet, Bertrand Jacquillat, Jean-Hervé Lorenzi (founder), Catherine Lubochinsky, Philippe Martin, Valérie Mignon, Olivier Pastré, Anne Perrot, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Jean-Paul Pollin, Hélène Rey, Dominique Roux, Christian Saint-Étienne, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, David Thesmar, Philippe Trainar, Alain Trannoy and .

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Benoît Coeuré & Claire Waysand are members  “on standby”.

(Find their biographies on the dedicated page)


Our main activities


d2_1787Organisation of Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence. This International Economic Forum is open to all visitors and gather major international academic, industrial and politicial figures around an important economic topic.


The Best Young Economist of France Award. Organised together with the newspaper Le Monde, the award distinguishes on an annual basis a French economist under forty.





Le Cercle des économistes also regularly organizes International Economic Meetings, for example in Dakar, Casablanca and Singapore.

He participates throughout the year in economic events such as: Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire de Blois, Les JECO in Lyon, …

Since 2019, it has also been a partner of the Bamako Forum, an annual event that promotes exchanges between Africa and France.

Les Voix de l’économie : in 2015 le Cercle des économistes decided to gather the 16 most influential French think tanks in order to launch an unprecedented cycle of debates. Far from the idea to find universal solutions, they all accepted to regularly meet and debate around chosen major topics.


For more than 10 years, the Cercle des économistes has co-organized the Rendez-vous de la Méditerranée with the Institut de la Méditerranée / Femise. This economic forum focused on Mediterranean issues.


In the French media


In addition to a regular presence in the French and foreign media, you can find the Cercle’s members in various media each week and month:

  • the Cercle’s column on financial news. Every Monday.
  • Les Echos: find the column of the Cercle in the first economic daily newspaper in France. Every Wednesday.
  • BFM Business – “Les Experts”: the members of the Cercle des économistes join the debate to share their thoughts on the economic events. An hour of constructive exchanges, to learn and understand. Time for debate, controversy and pedagogy… Every Thursday, fom 9 am to 10 am.
  • franceinfo – “Les débats de l’éco”: find the programme Les débats de l’éco hosted by Emmanuel Cugny and produced in partnership with the Cercle des économistes. Simultaneously broadcast on the news channel and the radio. Every Sunday, from 5.40 pm to 6 pm.
  • La Provence: the column of a member of the Cercle on the economic news. Every first Sunday of the month.




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