Xavier Jaravel

Winner of the Best Young Economist Award 2021


Xavier Jaravel is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, currently on secondment to the General Inspectorate of Finance and a member of the Council of Economic Analysis. A 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, etc.), he already enjoys a proven academic reputation and is the winner of several scientific prizes. His work focuses on innovation dynamics, their drivers, including the social background of inventors, and their microeconomic and macroeconomic effects.

At the empirical level, he conducts quasi-experimental analyses by mobilizing very detailed databases (patents, types of products, imports) thus revealing the differentiated impact of innovations on the relative prices of goods, and thus on inequalities. He also addressed the distortions that the US-China trade war has caused 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 the award early in their careers, and who are now recognized in academia and business: Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize in Economics 2019, Thomas Piketty, Professor at the Paris School of Economics, Philippe Martin, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council of Economic Analysis, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Chief Economist of the Treasury Branch.