Bio and Research Interests

Research interests

Economics of Uncertainty
Environmental economics


Alongside Jean Tirole, Christian Gollier created Toulouse School of Economics, one of the best departments of economics worldwide. He subsequently served there as Deputy Director (2007- 2009) and then Director (2009-2015). 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. 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.Christian Gollier has published over 100 articles in top-tier economic journals. 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 has published his book entitled "Pricing the Planet's Future: The Economics of Discounting in an Uncertain World".

Current position

2016Co-editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance
2011Advisor for la Cour des Comptes on nuclear costs
2007Member of the GIEC, the advisers group who received the 2007 Peace Nobel Prize
2005Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne
Professor of Economics, Toulouse 1 Capitole University

Former positions

2015 - 2016Visiting professor, Columbia University, New York
2009 - 2015Director of Toulouse School of Economics
2007 - 2009Director of the Laboratoire d'Economie des Ressources Naturelles
2006Member of the Jury d'agrégation de sciences économiques
2004Vice scientific director at CNRS, in charge of environment in social science


Ph.D. in economics (Louvain)
Engineer in applied math

Grants and awards

2013Prize of the Foundation Edouard Bonnefous
2012Fellow of the Econometric Society
2012Member of Academia Europaea
2011Erik Kempe Award
2010One of the leading authors of the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report
January 2009Member of the Economic Council for Durable Development
2009Management Science Meritorious Award
2009 - 2013Senior Fellow, Institut Universitaire de France
December 2008European Research Council Grant
2008Kulp-Wright Book Award 2008 of the American Risk and Insurance Association for "Competitive Failures: Theory and Policy Implications", P.-A. Chiappori and C. Gollier eds, June 2006, MIT Press
2007Kulp Wright Book Award for an outstanding original contribution to the literature of risk management and insurance
2005Prize of the best paper "Optimal Portfolio Management for Individual Pensions Plans" presented at the First World Risk and Insurance Economics Conference, Salt Lake City
2003Kulp Wright Book Award for The Economics of Risk and Time
2001Paul A. Samuelson Award
1997 - 2002Junior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France
Winner of the following awards: "Royale Belge"(1988), "Ernst Meyer"(1989) and "Robert C. Witt (1995, 2002)


Working papers