- Nicolas Coeurdacier. Crédits : Sciences Po
Inspired by the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal, Le Monde, French daily, and the Cercle des économistes, created the prize in 2000, with a twofold objective: to highlight the work of France’s best young economists (under 41) who have contributed significantly to economic thought and knowledge and to make better known the multiple facets of economic science.
Nicolas Coeurdacier, Professor at SciencesPo and CEPR Research Fellow, was nominated for his research on international financial integration and capital flows. Coeurdacier’s work has led him to take a second look at classic economic theory that holds that capital should flow towards to countries/regions where economic growth is strongest. This theory flies in the face of observed phenomena of the past 20 years, and notably the behaviour of China that has massively invested in economically developed countries but in which growth has been slow.
The nomination of Nicolas Coeurdacier as « Meilleur Jeune Économiste » is the latest in an already impressive line of consecration of his research - notably an ANR Chaire d’Excellence grant for a 3-year project on International Portfolios and Risk-Sharing (2010-13), and an ERC Starting Grant his project «Within and across countries Heterogeneity in International Finance (INFINHET) » (2014-18). Last autumn, he co-authored with Department colleague Stéphane Guibaud and Keyu Jin (LSE) a paper that was published in the prestigious American Economic Review (link to interview).
This nomination is also the latest in a long line of laureates (4) and nominees (3) who are faculty members at the Department: Philippe Martin (laureate ex aequo 2002), Thierry Mayer (laureate ex aequo 2006), Etienne Wasmer (laureate ex aequo 2006), Yann Algan (laureate ex aequo 2009), Alfred Galichon (nominated 2010), Guillaume Plantin (nominated 2011), Elise Huillery (nominated 2014).
More about Nicolas Coeurdacier and his research
Link to Le Monde interview with N. Coeurdacier (May 23rd, 2016) – in French
Link to the Cercle des économistes “Prix du Meilleur Jeune Économiste” webpage - in French