The economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi is dead

Jean-Paul Fitoussi died in Paris at the age of 79, Xavier Ragot, president of the French Observatory for Economic Conditions (OFCE), told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the economist had chaired it for twenty-two years from 1989 until 2010

The economist Philippe Aghion, who had accompanied him at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the early 1990s when Jean-Paul Fitoussi headed the economic advisory board there, also confirmed his death to AFP.

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The Keynesian economist and Sciences Po professor, who specializes in inflation theory, unemployment and the role of economic policy, was also a member of the Economic Analysis Council (CAE), a body responsible for advising government.

“A Friend of Italy”

Between 2008 and 2009, in the wake of the financial crisis, he participated with twenty-two international experts in the work of the Commission for the Measurement of Economic Performance, headed by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and set up by Nicolas Sarkozy. .

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Jean-Paul Fitoussi also worked extensively in Italy, notably at the Free International University for Social Studies (or Luiss, z Libera University of the Studi Socialiin Italian) from Rome and served on the board of Telecom Italia from 2004 to 2017.

“It is with sadness and sadness that I learn the news of the disappearance of Professor Jean-Paul Fitoussi, a great economist at Sciences Po. A column. A friend. Who I owe so much”reacted Twitter Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Friday. The Minister of Public Service, Renato Brunetta, for his part, welcomed “a companion of so many battles and a friend of Italy”.

Mr Fitoussi’s funeral will take place on Friday afternoon in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), near Paris.

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