Academics with a conviction: the importance of an open and accessible debate


Who are we ?

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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, 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, 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 Claire Waysand.

Benoît Coeuré & Pierre Jacquet are members  “on standby”.

(Find their biographies on the dedicated page)

Main activities of le 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.





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 : A chronicle every Monday mornings at the front page ot the website


  Chronicle of the Cercle des économistes, each Wednesday.


Intervention each sunday evening from 17h40 to 18h00 in Les débats de l’éco. This emission is held with 1 member of Le Cercle des économistes and moderated by the journalist Emmanuel Cugny.
TV broadcast on Channel 27 from 22:15 – 22:35 every Sunday.


 Les Experts : Every thursday at 9’00, a members of the Circle of Economists join the debate to share their thoughts on the topics in question. One hour of constructive exchanges, to learn and understand. Place for debate, controversy and pedagogy …

NEW 2019:

Chronicle by a member of the Cercle sur l’actualité économique on the first Sunday of each month in La Provence.

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The Books : The Proceedings of the Economic Meetings as well as numerous individual or collective publications are published each year.