Thierry MAYER


Fellow of the Econometric Society, CEPR Research Fellow

Thierry Mayer is Professor of Economics at Sciences Po since 2009 and was Head of the Department from 2019 to 2023. He is also a scientific advisor at the Centre d’études prospectives et d'informations internationales (CEPII), and a research fellow in the International Trade / Regional Economics programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

His research is primarily focused on trade theory and empirics, economic geography, as well as on foreign direct investment determinants. His recent publications include research on market power and trade, as well as papers estimating the impact of trade policies in industries characterized with multinational production. He also published theoretical and empirical analysis of migration choices in violent contexts, as well as spatial diffusion of cultural traits. His most frequently cited research includes empirical studies on the level and causes of market fragmentation in the European Union, and works on how gravitational forces shape economic interactions.

His research has received a number of distinctions at both the national and international levels. In France, he was the Laureate of the Bronze Medal of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), as well as the Co-laureate for Best French Young Economist Prize (Le Monde/Le Cercle des Economistes) in 2006. In 2008 he was appointed Junior Member of the Institut universitaire de France. Internationally, Thierry was awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2012 for his 6-year project Heterogeneity that Matters for Trade and Welfare (HETMAT). He was the chair for the consolidator grant panel of the ERC in 2016, 2018 and 2020. In 2023, he was elected to become a fellow of the Econometric Society. In 2024, he will become one of the co-editors of the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Prior to joining Sciences Po, Thierry MAYER was Professor at the University of Paris I-Paris School of Economics (PSE).

He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Paris I (2000, awarded the AFSE Best Thesis Prize).

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Research Areas

International Trade, Multinational Firms, Economic Geography, Location Theory, Industrial Organisation


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