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Le Magnifique Jean-Jacques Laffont (13 April 1947 - 1 May 2004)


  • Laurent Linnemer


This profile of Jean-Jacques Laffont is based on several interviews with Colette Laffont, his wife, as well as with former colleagues and coauthors. The interviews took place between September 2019 and June 2020. The objective is twofold. First, to trace the career of a highly influential economist who made seminal contributions to the fields of mechanism design, public economics, regulation, econometrics, and development economics. Second, to show how Laffont and his colleagues contributed to changing the French landscape of economic research notably through the establishment of the Toulouse School of Economics.

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  • Laurent Linnemer, 2021. "Le Magnifique Jean-Jacques Laffont (13 April 1947 - 1 May 2004)," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 143, pages 1-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2021:i:143:p:1-69

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    Second-Best; Contract Theory; Regulation; Econometrics; Economic Development;
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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development


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