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Macroeconomic Risk Chair

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In September 2017, the SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science and Paris School of Economics created a research chair in macroeconomic risk. Funded by SCOR, whose mission includes “encouraging research into and disseminating the resulting knowledge about risk”, the chair is held by PSE.

- Press release on the renewal of the Macroeconomic Risk Chair (PDF - 301 Ko)



Several activities are on the chair’s agenda:


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In many economies, a multitude of factors are contributing to current uncertainty about the macroeconomic environment, including:

  • the pursuit of unconventional monetary policies, with zero, even negative, interest rates;
  • very high levels of private and public indebtedness;
  • disquiet about growth, productivity, future innovation, and the possibility of secular stagnation;
  • high political uncertainty (including the ramifications of Brexit, the return to conventional monetary policy sooner or later, the timing of rising interest rates).

In addition, the question of “macroeconomic risk” is also related to the possibility of infrequent but major shocks.

The Macroeconomic Risk Chair aims to promote the development and dissemination of research into a number of areas linked to the issue of macroeconomic risk, and which are of common interest to SCOR and PSE, including:
1. the consideration of the possibility of fat tail events in macroeconomic and financial modelling;
2. the macroeconomic effects of uncertainty;
3. the financial and macroeconomic contagion effects of crises;
4. the long-term risks: secular stagnation, whether the liquidity trap will persist, and unconventional monetary policy regimes.

Chair’s holders

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Academic director: Gilles Saint-Paul - PSE Chaired Professor, Professor at École normale supérieure - PSL

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Executive director: Axelle Ferriere - Assistant Professor at PSE, Research Fellow at CNRS

Associate researchers

Philippe Aghion (Collège de France, PSE)
Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (PSE, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
Florin Bilbiie (UNIL, CEPR)
Tobias Broer (PSE, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
Antoine Camous (Mannheim University)
Riccardo Cioffi (PSE)
Jean-Olivier Hairault (PSE, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
Francesco Pappadà (Ca’ Foscari University, PSE)
Francesca Parodi (Cattolica University of Milan)
Facundo Piguillem (EIEF)
Ariell Reshef (PSE, CNRS)
Jean-Marc Tallon (PSE, CNRS)

Steering Committee

To coordinate its work, the Chair has set up a steering committee made up of the Chair’s holders, Axelle Ferriere and Gilles Saint-Paul, and one partner’s representative: Philippe Trainar (Director, SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science).

PSE Partner

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The SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science is committed to a long-term engagement to encourage research into risk and to disseminate the results. This involvement is an integral part of SCOR’s identity, as is evident in its signature “The Art & Science of Risk”. Risk is, in effect, the “raw material” of reinsurance, and SCOR intends to be at the forefront of risk expertise and research thanks to its vast network of academic institutions and the support it gives to numerous disciplines, including mathematics, actuarial science, physics, chemistry, geophysics, climatology, economics, finance, and more.

Macroeconomic Risk Chair’s communication referent: Samuel Chich