Jean Pisani-Ferry is the Director of Economic Policy Planning for the Prime Minister of France. Previously, he was the director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based European economic think tank. He is also a professor of economics with Université Paris-Dauphine.
Pisani-Ferry has made his career in research and policy. After having held positions in research and government in France, he joined the European Commission in 1989 as economic adviser to the Director-General of DG ECFIN. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of CEPII, the main French research centre in international economics. In 1997, he became senior economic adviser to the French minister of Finance and was later appointed executive president of the French prime minister’s Council of Economic Analysis (2001-2002). From 2002 to 2004, he was senior adviser to the director of the French Treasury.
Pisani-Ferry has held teaching positions with various universities including Ecole polytechnique in Paris and Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2006-2007, he was president of the French economic association.He is a member of the Council of Economic Analysis, an independent advisory body reporting to the French PM.
Pisani-Ferry’s research interest include economic policy, international macroeconomics and European economics. His recent publications include Europe’s Growth Problem (and what to do about it), The Euro Crisis and the New Impossible Trinity, Global Currencies for Tomorrow (with Ignazio Angeloni et al.), An Ocean Apart? Comparing Transatlantic Responses to the Financial Crisis (editor, with Adam Posen and Fabrizio Saccomanni), Bruegel/Peterson Institute,2011, Economic Policy (with Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Benoît Coeuré and Pierre Jacquet) Oxford University Press, 2010.
Born in 1951, Pisani-Ferry was initially trained as an engineer and also holds a Masterin mathematics. He holds an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d’études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris).
Pisani-Ferry has regular columns in Le Monde, Handelsblatt, and the Chinese magazine Century Weekly. He is a contributor to The Economist’s by invitation blog and to Project Syndicate.