Since 2005, Toulouse School of Economics organises the annual Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize which is awarded to a renowned international economist whose research, in the spirit of the work undertaken by Professor Jean-Jacques Laffont, combines both the theoretical and the empirical. The prize winner presents his or her work at a public lecture, in partnership with the city hall "Mairie de Toulouse".
This year, the prize will be awarded to Professor Roland Benabou (Princeton University).
Professor Benabou recent work lies in three main areas. The first links inequality, growth, social mobility and the political economy of redistribution. The second centers on education, social interactions and the socioeconomic structure of cities. The third is that of economics and psychology ("behavioral economics"). It focuses in particular on extrinsic incentives versus intrinsic motivation, on the determinants of prosocial behavior and on motivated beliefs, both individual (overconfidence, wishful thinking, identity) and collective (groupthink, market manias, ideology, religion).
Monday 13 december 2021
- 16:00 : Public lecture "Beliefs and Misbeliefs: The Economics of Wishful Thinking" Auditorium 3, TSE
- 18:00 : Award ceremony by Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse, President of Toulouse Métropole, at the Toulouse City Hall.
Health pass required.