Jean  Tirole

Visiting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scientific Director, Institut d'Economie Industrielle

Chairman, Toulouse School of Economics

Toulouse University

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Aile Jean-Jacques Laffont
21, allée de Brienne
Toulouse, France F-31015

+33 (0)5 61 12 86 42

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About Jean Tirole

Jean Tirole is chairman of the Jean-Jacques Laffont - Toulouse School of Economics Foundation and scientific director of the Institute for Industrial Economics. He is also affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Institut de France and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, which he co-founded in 2011. His research focuses on industrial organization, regulation, competition policy, antitrust, corporate finance, and game theory.


Dr. Tirole’s publications include Inside and Outside Liquidity (with Bengt Holmström) (2011), Balancing the Banks: Global Lessons from the Financial Crisis (with Mathias Dewatripont and Jean-Charles Rochet) (2010), The Theory of Corporate Finance (2006), A Theory of Incentives in Procurement and Regulation (with Jean-Jacques Laffont) (1993), and The Theory of Industrial Organization (1988). He has also been widely published in numerous scholarly publications such as The RAND Journal of Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, and The American Economic Review.


In addition to his work at the University of Toulouse, Dr. Tirole is also a member of the French Strategic Research Council and a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST). Before moving to Toulouse in 1991, he was professor of economics at MIT. In 1998, he was president of the Econometric Society, whose executive committee he has served on since 1993, and in 2001 he served as the president of the European Economic Association.


In 2014, Dr. Tirole was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his analysis of market power and regulation. Also in 2014, he was awarded the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics and in 2013 he was given the Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics. He also holds honorary doctorates from Hitotsubashi University, Université de Lausanne, Athens University of Economics and Business, and University of Rome Tor Vergata, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal of Society of Edinburgh.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981    
Engineer, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1978    
Docteur de 3ème Cycle, Decision Mathematics, Paris IX – Dauphine, 1978    
Engineer, École Polytechnique, 1976   
Diplôme d'Étude Approfondie, Decision Mathematics, Paris IX –Dauphine, 1976