Keynote speakers

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas (University of California, Berkeley)

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas grew up in Montpellier, France. He attended Ecole Polytechnique then received his PhD in Economics in 1996 from MIT. He taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Princeton University before joining UC Berkeley department of economics. Professor Gourinchas' main research interests are in international macroeconomics and finance. His recent research focuses on the importance of the valuation channel for the dynamics of external adjustment and the determination of exchange rates (with Hélène Rey); on the determinants of capital flows to and from developing countries (with Olivier Jeanne); on international portfolios (with Nicolas Coeurdacier); on global imbalances and currency wars (with Ricardo Caballero and Emmanuel Farhi), on international price discrimination (with Gita Gopinath, Chang-Tai Hsieh and Nick Li) and on the global financial crisis (with Maury Obstfeld). He is the laureate of the 2007 Bernàcer Prize for best European economist working in macroeconomics and finance under the age of 40, and of the 2008 Prix du Meilleur Jeune Economiste for best French economist under the age of 40. In 2012-2013, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas was a member of the French Council of Economic Advisors to the Prime Minister. From 2009 to 2016 he was the editor-in-chief of the IMF Economic Review

Marc Melitz (Harvard University)

Marc Melitz is the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He holds a B.A. from Haverford College (1989), an M.S.B.A. from the Robert Smith School of Business (1992), and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2000).  He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), CESifo, and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.  His broad research interests are in international trade and investment.  More specifically, he studies producer-level responses to globalization and their implications for aggregate trade and investment patterns.  His research has been funded by the Sloan Foundation and by the NSF.

Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics)

Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, Explorations in Economic History, and of a dozen books. He has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development and the distribution of income and wealth. In particular, he is the initiator of the recent literature on the long run evolution of top income shares in national income (now available in the World Wealth and Income Database). These works have led to radically question the optimistic relationship between development and inequality posited by Kuznets, and to emphasize the role of political, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution. He is also the author of the international best-seller Capital in the 21st century.



Policy Session Speakers

Swati Dhingra (London School of Economics)

Swati Dhingra is Assistant Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and joined LSE in 2011. Swati specialises in international trade and industrial development and has taught international trade to undergraduate, masters and PhD students. Before coming to LSE, she obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and was a research fellow at Princeton University in 2010-2011. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review. She is also an associate editor to the Journal of International Economics, and was awarded the FIW Young Economist Award and the Chair Jacquemin Award by the European Trade Study Group for her work on firms and globalization. She is co-author of the recent "Life after Brexit" report by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE, which looked at the UK's options outside the EU. Swati's work has informed bodies such as the Parliamentary International Trade Committee, CBI, Treasury, Social Enterprise UK, Credit Suisse, Welsh National Assembly and Sunderland City Council, and has featured regularly in media such as BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs and Business Standard.


Sébastien Jean (CEPII)

Sébastien Jean is Director of CEPII. He is also Senior Scientist with INRA. He is a Policy Associate at the University of Nottingham and an affiliate member of CESifo Research Network (Munich, Germany). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I, and he graduates as an engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Paris He headed CEPII's research programme on "International trade models and databases" from 2001 to 2005, before joining the OECD Economics Department as a Senior Economist (2005-2006). Since 2007, he is a Senior Scientist with INRA, the French Instituted for Agricultural Research. He also collaborated with CEPII as a Scientific Advisor until his nomination as Director of CEPII in December 2012. He has been teaching in numerous institutions, among which Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po Paris, ENSAE, American University in Paris, Ecole Centrale or Ecole des Mines. His research works mainly deal with international trade, trade policies, computable general equilibrium models, development economics, agricultural economics, migrations and foreign investment.