Jean Pisani-Ferry holds the Tommaso Padoa Schioppa chair of the European University Institute. He is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, the European think tank, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute (Washington DC). He is also a professor of economics with Sciences Po (Paris).
He sits on the supervisory board of the French Caisse des Dépôts and serves as non-executive chair of I4CE, the French institute for climate economics.
Pisani-Ferry served from 2013 to 2016 as Commissioner-General of France Stratégie, the ideas lab of the French government. In 2017, he contributed to Emmanuel Macron’s presidential bid as the Director of programme and ideas of his campaign. He was from 2005 to 2013 the Founding Director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank that he had contributed to create. Beforehand, he was Executive President of the French PM’s Council of Economic Analysis (2001-2002), Senior Economic Adviser to the French Minister of Finance (1997-2000), and Director of CEPII, the French institute for international economics (1992-1997).
Pisani-Ferry has taught at University Paris-Dauphine, École Polytechnique, École Centrale and the Free University of Brussels. His publications include numerous books and articles on economic policy and European policy issues. He has also been an active contributor to public debates with regular columns in Le Monde and for Project Syndicate.
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How can EU policy drive the transition to net-zero?
On track to net-zero: overcoming the economic hurdles of decarbonisation
What policies should be implemented to ensure that countries achieve net-zero emissions by 2050?
Reinventing the European Union
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and new economic imperatives have called into question the EU’s long-standing reliance on regulatory standards as a form.
Shaping the future of the European Union: a discussion on public goods
Should the EU play a greater role as a provider of public goods?
Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling
Completing Europe’s banking union: economic requirements and legal conditions
This contribution analyses the deficiencies of the current framework and identifies possible responses, in line with three levels of reform ambition.
Europe’s Looming Energy Disaster
With winter fast approaching, the absence of common guidelines for national energy policies should be regarded as an economic emergency.
How to get the European Banking Union unstuck
Enlarging and deepening: giving substance to the European Political Community
The EPC would not be, and should not be, regarded as a substitute for EU accession, but should be designed to work as an accelerator.
How to make the EU Energy Platform an effective emergency tool
The platform could become an effective emergency tool to safeguard Europe’s gas supply, but policymakers need to address challenges to make it work.
Fiscal support and monetary vigilance: economic policy implications of the Russia-Ukraine war for the European Union
Policymakers must think coherently about the joint implications of their actions and avoid taking measures that contradict each other.
The economic policy consequences of the war
Whatever the duration of the war, its legacy will be long-lasting. It will shape Europe’s policy choices for the years and decades to come.
War in Ukraine: Macroeconomic implications for the EU
A special episode of the Sound of Economics Live where we analysed the macroeconomic implications of the war in Ukraine.
Greening Europe’s post-COVID-19 recovery
This Blueprint includes some of the Group’s most prominent voices on the different aspects of the multidimensional issue of green recovery.
The failure of global public health governance: a forensic analysis
In this Policy Contribution, we seek to understand the reasons for these failures of global collective action.
The Euro at 20
The euro’s advocates hoped that the single currency would deliver economic and financial integration, policy convergence, political amalgamation, and
Monetary policy in the time of climate change
How does climate change influence monetary policy in the eurozone? What potential monetary policy measures should be taken up to address climate risks
The geopolitical conquest of economics
Although economics and geopolitics have never been completely separate domains, international economic relations were shaped for 70 years by their own
Navigating a more polarised world: policy implications
Bruegel Annual Meetings, Day 2 - Are we entering a new age in the relationship between international economics and global politics? Is Europe well-equ
Global asymmetries strike back
This essay addresses an old question that international relations scholars view as fundamental, but which economists regard as secondary: that of asym
Bruegel Annual Meetings, 1-3 September 2021
The 2021 Annual Meetings gathered high-level speakers and participants to discuss how to recover from the crises brought on by the Covid pandemic
The end of globalisation as we know it
The tension between the unprecedented need for global collective action and a growing aspiration to rebuild political communities behind national bord
Is Bidenomics more than catch-up?
The Biden administration's promises to 'think big' and rebuild the country seem like a major historical departure from decades of policy orthodoxy.
Persistent COVID-19: Exploring potential economic implications
We see three main economic implications of a scenario of recurrent outbreaks: lasting border restrictions, repeated lockdowns and enduring effects on
The EU can’t separate climate policy from foreign policy
How to make the European Green Deal succeed.
Central banking’s brave new world
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, central bankers have been busy developing new policy instruments to fight fires and ward off emerging threats. N
La dette : une obsession prématurée
Ce qui est malsain, avec la proposition d’annuler la dette, c’est le déni de réalité consistant à affirmer que l’Etat peut effacer une partie de ses e
The EU can’t separate climate policy from foreign policy
How to make the European Green Deal succeed.
The geopolitics of the European Green Deal
The Green Deal will redefine Europe’s global policy priorities; as such, it is a foreign policy development with profound geopolitical consequences
A Global Pandemic Alarm Bell
The appearance of new strains of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil has given the world no choice but to design and imple
Résilience : la nouvelle boussole
Pour surmonter le choc de la pandémie de Covid-19, l’économiste écarte, dans sa chronique, l’idée d’un repli protectionniste, mais suggère de passer d
Health: Crisis governance for a vital global public good
Given the collapse in cooperation over health governance, what strategies should be pursued at international level, and by what means?
Grading the big pandemic test
COVID-19 almost one year on, it is time to assess who passed the test, and who failed.
Reforming the ETS: what to make of revenues?
What will a reformed European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) look like?
Globalisation needs rebuilding, not just repair
An attempt merely to restore the pre-Trump status quo would fail to address major challenges; the task ahead is one of rebuilding, rather than repair.
European Union recovery funds: strings attached, but not tied up in knots
Ensuring effective recovery spending is a high-stakes challenge for the European Union, with the potential for derailment because of fuzzy objectives
Trump’s International Economic Legacy
If Donald Trump loses the United States presidential election in November, he will ultimately be seen to have left little mark in many areas. But in t
Europe’s recovery gamble
Next Generation EU, was rightly hailed as a major breakthrough: never before had the EU borrowed to finance expenditures, let alone transfers to membe
Financing the European Union: New Context, New Responses
With the European Union for the first time taking on debt to help finance the economic recovery from the coronavirus, new resources are needed to fund
Bruegel Annual Meetings 2020 - Day 2
Second day of Bruegel Annual Meetings.
Bruegel Annual Meetings 1-3 September, 2020
Bruegel's flagship event transformed into a virtual conference for pandemic times
The Challenges of the Post-Pandemic Agenda
There is a growing possibility that the COVID-19 crisis will mark the end of the growth model born four decades ago with the Reagan-Thatcher revolutio
A new policy toolkit is needed as countries exit COVID-19 lockdowns
Most governments have taken measures to protect vulnerable workers and firms from the worst effects of the sudden drop in activity related to COVID-19
The message in the ruling
The German Constitutional Court's ruling on the ECB's asset purchase programme is open to much criticism but it can hardly be blamed for raising an im
Building a Post-Pandemic World Will Not Be Easy
Both the COVID-19 crisis and the climate crisis highlight the limits of humanity’s power over nature. But while both remind us that the Anthropocene e
Facts, not words: the EU role in the de-confinement phase
The EU should be modest, but not shy. As far as public health is concerned, it is not in the driving seat and there is no reason to pretend it should
The Sound of Economics Live: Exiting the great lockdown?
This episode of The Sound of Economics Live will discuss European coordination, national responses, and local effects in moving on the the next phase
Monetisation: do not panic
The extraordinary operations that are under way in most countries in response to the COVID-19 shock have raised fears that large-scale monetisation wi
Will the economic strategy work?
Because even thriving companies can be killed in a matter of weeks by a recession of the magnitude now confronting the world, advanced-economy governm
A Radical Way Out of the EU Budget Maze
It can be tempting to treat European budgetary discussions as a fairly inconsequential distributional game. But with the EU's role increasingly focuse
Britain faces a triple contradiction
If Boris Johnson can negotiate agreements that are better than the EU system, it would be a serious challenge for the 27
Explaining the triumph of Trump’s economic recklessness
The Trump administration’s economic policy is a strange cocktail: one part populist trade protectionism and industrial interventionism; one part class
The Green Deal is not just one of many EU projects, it is the new defining mission
The EU has already invested so much of its political capital into the green transition that a failure to deliver would severely damage its legitimacy.
Political identity is a group stereotype. As no camp corresponds exactly to our expectations, we choose the one to which we are closest and which is a
Europe can take a bigger role in providing public goods
The EU should invest where it can deliver more value than member states acting alone.
EU-Asia trade and investment connectivity
The Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) was established in 2006 as a high level forum for in-depth research-based exchanges on global issues between Asi
A Primer on Developing European Public Goods: A report to Ministers Bruno Le Maire and Olaf Scholz
This report was prepared for the French and German Ministers of Finance.
Europe: en finir avec la politique en silos
Projetée dans un monde de rapport de force dont les principaux protagonistes ne séparent pas géopolitique et économie, l’UE va devoir conduire un chan
Thomas Piketty's New Book: Impressive Research, Problematic Solutions
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century blended history, statistics, and theory. Capital and Ideology his new magnum opus, is long enough
How to ward off the next recession
Despite confident official pronouncements, the deteriorating state of the global economy is now high on the international policy agenda. The OECD rece
Questions to the High Representative and Vice-President-designate Josep Borrell
Josep Borrell, the incoming High Representative and Vice-President-designate must explain how von der Leyen’s ‘geopolitical Commission’ intends to ada
Competing Globally: Europe’s Debate Over Trade and Sovereignty
This blog is part of a series following the 2019 Bruegel annual meetings, which brought together nearly 1,000 participants for two days of policy deba
Collective action in a fragmented world
International collective action is in search of a new paradigm. It cannot rely anymore on global binding rules supported by universal institutions. Ne
Bruegel Annual Meetings 2019
Bruegel's 2019 Annual Meetings will be held on 4-5 September and feature the launch of Bruegel's Memos to the New European Commission.
Bruegel Annual Meetings 2019, 4-5 September
The 2019 Annual Meetings featured the launch of Bruegel's memos to the new European Leadership, proposing how to deal with future policy challenges
Retraites : pour la clarté
L’économiste regrette, dans sa chronique au "Monde", que les tensions internes au gouvernement aient conduit à s’écarter de la stricte logique d’un sy
Dousing the Sovereignty Wildfire
In time, the current spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro regarding the Amazon rainforest may be
How long is the head table?
An empirical assessment of concentration in global collective action
The Coming Clash Between Climate and Trade
The new leaders of the European Union, who have relentlessly championed open markets, will, ironically, likely trigger a conflict between climate pres
The threats to the European Union’s economic sovereignty
Memo to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The authors describe the current context and the increasing inte
Faut-il s’endetter pour le climat?
Jean Pisani-Ferry, soutient qu’il ne faut pas s’interdire de financer une partie du coût de la transition écologique par l’endettement.
Farewell, flat world
In the last 50 years, the most important economic development has been the diminishing income gap between the richer and poorer countries. Now, there
Redefining Europe’s economic sovereignty
This Policy Contribution delves into the position of the EU in the current global order. China and the United States increasingly trying to gain geopo
Europe’s citizens say they want a more political EU
The recent European Parliament election suggests that a growing share of European voters sees things differently from national governments. Whereas ci
L’euro sans l’Europe : un projet incohérent
Jean Pisani-Ferry constate que tous les grands partis ne remettent plus en cause l’euro. Il souligne néanmoins que trois vulnérabilités – économique,
When facts change, change the pact
“When facts change, I change my mind,” John Maynard Keynes famously said. With long-term interest rates currently near zero, the European Union should
Europe and the new imperialism
For decades, Europe has served as a steward of the post-war liberal order, ensuring that economic rules are enforced and that national ambitions are s
The case for green realism
The transition to a carbon-neutral economy is bound to make us worse off before it makes us better off, and the most vulnerable segments of society wi
The EU needs a Brexit endgame
Britain and the EU must try to preserve the longstanding economic, political, and security links and, despite the last 31 months spent arguing over Br
Fifty shades of yellow
Who are the Yellow Vests? What are the true roots of their uprising? And what do they want? Six weeks after they started rocking French politics and a
The great macro divergence
Global growth is expected to continue in 2019 and 2020, albeit at a slower pace. Forecasters are notoriously bad, however, at spotting macroeconomic t
Macroéconomie et gilets jaunes
Les analyses de la fronde des gilets jaunes ont surtout mis l’accent sur la répartition des revenus et des prélèvements entre catégories sociales et s
Euro area reform: An anatomy of the debate
A year ago, a group of 14 French and German economists joined forces with the aim of forging common proposals for euro area reforms. Their report gave
The global economy’s three games
In this column, Jean Pisani-Ferry portrays the current international economic and geopolitical order as increasingly reminiscent of chess. Three key p
Should we give up on global governance?
The pervasive gridlock affecting the traditional global governance approach calls into question the idea of broadening its scope beyond its core remit
Asia-Europe Economic Forum 2018 - Public
This year's Asia-Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) will be held in Brussels on 17-18 October
One club does not fit all in Europe
In this column, Jean Pisani-Ferry argues how the EU can become a more effective global player, following the Policy Brief "One size does not fit all:
One size does not fit all: European integration by differentiation
The need for reform of the EU is increasingly urgent. The authors of this policy brief suggest a new governance model, combining a bare-bones EU with
Bruegel Annual Meetings 2018
The 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on 3-4 September and will feature sessions on European and global economic governance, as well as finance, ener
Is Europe America’s Friend or Foe?
Since Donald Trump took office as US president, a new cottage industry in rational theories of his seemingly irrational behavior has developed. On one
Europe should avoid a no-deal Brexit
The UK government finally tabled a serious proposal for the country’s future relationship with the European Union (EU). The White Paper puts the ball
Ubu ou Machiavel?
L'administration Trump veut imposer une approche transactionnelle des relations économiques gouvernée par le rapport de force bilatéral en lieu et pla
Can Multilateralism Adapt?
Global governance requires rules, because flexibility and goodwill alone cannot tackle the hardest shared problems. With multilateralism under attack,
« Mieux vaudrait laisser les gouvernements libres de tenter les politiques de leur choix »
Les peuples ont le droit de faire des erreurs: Selon l’économiste Jean Pisani-Ferry, l’Union européenne doit accepter les aspirations légitimes à des
Mattarella’s line in the sand
The vital task confronting Europe is to reconcile citizens’ right to make radical choices with the need to ensure that decisions leading to constituti
Unelected Power: the quest for legitimacy in central banking and the regulatory state
We are pleased to host the presentation of Paul Tucker's latest book.
La PAC n’est pas taboue
Dans cette chronique, l'auteur estime qu’une renationalisation graduelle de certaines politiques pourrait utilement contribuer à la nécessaire redéfin
The upheaval Italy needs
While Italy remains without a new government, it would be foolish to believe that a country where anti-system parties won 55% of the popular vote will
European development policy in a global context
What is the role of Europe in development finance and how effective is the current institutional structure? How can we leverage the private sector to
The Lesser Evil for the Eurozone
For three decades, the consensus within the European Commission and the European Central Bank on the need for market reforms and sound public finances