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Gilles Saint-Paul

Gilles Saint-Paul

Associate Chair, PSL Excellence Chair, Paris School of Economics


Gilles Saint-Paul, a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, obtained his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990. Since then he has worked on issues related to unemployment, long-term economic growth, political economy and European Labor market institutions. He has published extensively on these issues, in particular, Dual Labor Markets: A macroeconomic perspective (MIT Press, 1996) and The political economy of labour market institutions (Oxford University Press, 2000). His recent work has dealt with the role of bounded rationality in macroeconomic fluctuations and that of beliefs and ideologies in the political economy of reform. His recent books include Innovation and Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The tyranny of utility (Princeton University Press, 2011), where he discusses how behavioral social science interacts with the rise of the modern paternalistic Welfare State.

He was a professor of economics at DELTA in Paris from 1990 to 1997, and at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 1997 to 2000, and at Toulouse School of Economics from 2000 to 2012. He is currently a Professor at Paris School of Economics and New York University Abu Dhabi. He also taught at Birkbeck College in London between 2007 and 2009. He has been a visiting professor at CEMFI, Madrid, MIT, UCLA, HEC Paris, London Business school. He has served as a consultant for the IMF, the Spanish government, and the Swedish government. He was a member of the Commission Economique de la Nation, an advisory council to the French minister of finance, of the French Council of Economic. He has been Programme Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London in the area of Labour Economics, as well as CEPREMAP in Paris. He was a member of the Munich-based European Economic Advisory Group at CES-Ifo.

In 2007 he was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson medal by the European Economic Association, which is given every two years to the best European economist under 45.