Christian Gollier - Biography#


Christian Gollier is currently Director of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), one of the best European departments of economics. He holds an advanced grant of the ERC entitled "Evaluation and management of collective long-term risks". He is recognized as one of the best international specialists of the economics of climate change.

Christian Gollier has published around 100 articles in top-tier economic journals (Google Scholar h-index: 41). He is also Associate Editor, editor or co-editor of scientific journals such as the Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, or Management Science for example. He has also published 7 books on risk including “The Economics of Risk and Time”, MIT Press, winner of “the 2001 Paul A. Samuelson Award”. In October 2012, Princeton UP will publish his new book entitled "Pricing the Planet's Future".

In addition to outstanding scholarship, Christian has a rich international teaching experience. Prior to joining the University of Toulouse and the IDEI, he has lectured at the Universities of Louvain (Belgium), of California at San Diego (USA), of Montréal (Canada), of Wuhan (China), and of Georgia State (USA). He has also been associate professor at Ecole Polytechnique and at HEC (Paris).

He holds a Ph.D in Economics, and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Louvain. Among many prizes and honors, he was awarded the Junior Membership of the Institut Universitaire de France, the Ernst Meyer prize, the Royal Belge Award, the Robert C. Witt Research Award for Outstanding Feature Article by the American Risk and Insurance Association, the Kulp-Wright Book Award, the ARIA Award for the best paper presented at the first World Risk and Insurance Congress (2005), and the Erik Kempe award (joint with M. Weitzman from Harvard) for the best paper in environmental economics (2008-2010) delivered by the EAERE. He has also been President of the Risk Theory Society and of the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists. He is one of the Lead Authors of the fourth and fifth Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC, 2007 and 2013). Over the last ten years, he has been very active in the promotion of a reduction of the discount rate used for the evaluation of public policies, and France and around the world.

He has developed in-depth contacts and research partnerships with various industries in France and around the world, in particular with insurance companies, banks and the energy sector. He is also a board member of La Mondiale, one of top-ten French life insurance companies, and chairman of the Advisory Council of the Observatory of European Saving (OEE). His current fields of interest extend from Decision Theory under Uncertainty to Environmental Economics through Finance, Investment, Consumption Theory, Insurance Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis, with a special interest for long term (sustainable) effects.
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