Yann Algan nominated Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Yann Algan nominated Dean of the School of Public Affairs

  • Yann Algan, Dean of the School of Public AffairsYann Algan, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Frédéric Mion, the President of Sciences Po, has nominated Professor Yann Algan as Dean of the new School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po, which will be launched in September 2015.

Yann Algan will succeed Jean-Pierre Landau, who has led the establishment of the new School with remarkable energy and vision, and who now wishes to focus on teaching and outreach for the School; he will thus remain instrumental in the development of this project .

Yann Algan obtained his Ph.D. in 2002 and became a full professor in 2004, before joining the Department of Economics at Sciences Po in 2008. He then became the director of both the Master in Economics and Public Policy and the Executive Master in Management of Public Policy. He currently teaches the Introduction to Economy course at Sciences Po.  

In 2008, he received an award for Best Economic Book and Best Essay for “La société de défiance: comment le modèle social s’autodétruit" (Ed. Rue d’Ulm, 2007); in 2009, the Cercle des économistes distinguished him as Best Young French Economist; in 2012, his book “La Fabrique de la Défiance… (Comment s’en sortir) was awarded the Prix Lycéen for Best French Economic Book.

His research interests include the interaction between trust, well-being and economic development, as well as collaborative economy and public policy. His work focuses on the use of Big Data to measure and analyze the factors that determine well-being and social attitudes.  It also emphasizes recent progress in identifying the mechanisms by which institutions and policies can affect trust and well-being within society, schools and organizations. His research concentrates on the intersection between economy, psychology, management and sociology.

His research has been published in major international journals (American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy…).  He received two consecutive European Research Council grants:  the ERC Starting Grant (Trust, 2010-2014) and the ERC Consolidator Grant (Well Being and Public Policy, 2015-2020). He is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2014-2019). He is also a Senior Editor of the international journal Economic Policy and a member of the OECD’s High Level Experts Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Yann Algan will lead the new School of Public Affairs to create an international learning environment based on a strong interdisciplinary curriculum. The School will prepare actors who are capable of evolving in very diverse environments and who will harness today’s increasing complexities to make informed decisions.

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