Best Young Economist of France 2021

Xavier Jaravel, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, currently on secondment to the Inspection Générale des Finances and member of the Conseil d'Analyse Economique

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Xavier Jaravel, 31, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, is the winner of the 2021 Prize

The jury of the Prize, composed of members of the Cercle des économistes and the editors of the newspaper Le Monde, after examining the various applications, awarded the 2021 Prize to Xavier Jaravel.

Xavier Jaravel, 31, is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, currently on secondment to the Inspection Générale des Finances and a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique. Graduate of Sciences Po Paris, he defended his thesis in 2016 at Harvard University. Through his publications (Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Economic Journal…), he already benefits from a proven academic reputation and has received several scientific prizes. His work focuses mainly on innovation dynamics, their factors, notably the social origin of inventors, and their microeconomic and macroeconomic effects. Empirically, he conducts quasi-experimental analyses using very detailed databases (patents, types of products, imports), thus revealing the differentiated impact of innovations on the relative prices of goods, and hence on inequalities. He has also addressed the distortions that the US-China trade war has induced on consumers. He is very active in public debates, in the Anglo-Saxon press and in France.

He succeeds Isabelle Mejean, and other economists who won this prize at the beginning of their career, and who are now recognised in academic and economic circles: Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize in Economics 2019, Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, Philippe Martin, President of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, chief economist at the French Treasury.


3 nominees in 2021


Aurélie Ouss, 37, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology
Vincent Pons, 37, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School
Josselin Thuilliez, 38, Research Director at the CNRS, attached to the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne (CNRS and University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne)



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