Jean Tirole

Jean Tirole

Scholar Title:

Honorary Chairman

Department: Toulouse School of Economics

Colleges / Universities: Toulouse University


21, Allée de Brienne
31015 Toulouse Cedex 6

Phone Number: +33 (0)5 61 12 86 42


Jean Tirole is Honorary Chairman of the Jean-Jacques Laffont - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) Foundation, Scientific Director of TSE-Partnership, and Honorary Chairman, Executive Committee, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST). He is also affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, and the Institut de France. Professor Tirole’s research covers industrial organization, regulation, finance, macroeconomics and banking, and psychology-based economics.

Professor Tirole has published over two hundred articles in international reviews, as well as twelve scientific books. Published in English in 2017, his latest book entitled Economics for the Common Good is accessible to a wide audience and available in a number of other languages.

In addition to his work at the University of Toulouse, Professor Tirole is also a member of the French Strategic Research Council and a member of High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation at the United Nations. Before moving to Toulouse in 1991, he was professor of economics at MIT. In 1998, he was president of the Econometric Society, whose executive committee he has served on since 1993, and in 2001 he served as the president of the European Economic Association.

In 2014, Professor Tirole was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his analysis of market power and regulation. Also in 2014, he was awarded the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics and in 2013 he was given the Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics. He also holds honorary doctorates from Hitotsubashi University, Université de Lausanne, Athens University of Economics and Business, and University of Rome Tor Vergata, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal of Society of Edinburgh.


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981    

Engineer École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1978    

Docteur de 3ème Cycle Decision Mathematics, Paris IX – Dauphine, 1978    

Engineer École Polytechnique, 1976   

Diplôme d'Étude Approfondie Decision Mathematics, Paris IX –Dauphine, 1976