30 economists and one conviction : the need for an open debate


Who are we ?


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

Find their biographies on the dedicated page

Yann Algan, Patrick Artus, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Françoise Benhamou, Jean-Paul Betbèze, Christian de Boissieu, Laurence Boone, Stéphane Carcillo, André Cartapanis, Jean-Marie Chevalier, Hippolyte d’Albis, Lionel Fontagné, Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Patrice Geoffron, Bertrand Jacquillat, Jean-Hervé Lorenzi (Président), Catherine Lubochinsky, Valérie Mignon, Jacques Mistral, Olivier Pastré, Anne Perrot, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Jean-Paul Pollin, Hélène Rey, Dominique Roux, Christian Saint-Étienne, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, Philippe Trainar, Alain Trannoy and Claire Waysand.
Benoît Coeuré, Pierre Jacquet& David Thesmar  are members  “on standby”.

Main activities of the Cercle

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

Organisation of  Les Rencontres Économiques de Casablanca. The first edition was held in April 2014 on the topic “Is Africa the World’s Future ?”. Les Rencontres Économique de Dakar, in March 2015 . Co-organisation of les Rencontres Économique in Singapore –  France-Singapore Economic Forum in Novembre 2016.

Co-organisation of the Rendez-vous de la Méditerranée with the Institut de la Méditerranée / Femise which focuses on Mediterranean stakes.

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.

In the French media:

A chronicle of the Circle every Monday mornings at the front page of boursorama.com

“Chronique du Cercle des économistes”  each Wednesday in Les Échos.

Intervention each sunday evening from 19h40 to 20h00 in Le Debrief éco on FranceInfo. This emission is held with 1 member of Le Cercle des économistes and moderated by the journalist Emmanuel Cugny.