Economics serving society
Thierry Verdier

Thierry Verdier

PSE Chaired Professor

Ingénieur General Ecole des Ponts - ParisTech

Directeur d'études EHESS

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

6th floor, office 49

Phone +33(0)1 80 52 16 37

  • Trade/Migration and development
  • Individual Behaviour
  • International Trade and Trade policy
  • Political Economy and Institutions
  • Political Economy of NGOs

Research Interests

Globalization Issues, Political Economy of Development, Conflicts and Natural Resources, Economic Sociology, Evolutionary Population Dynamics, Cultural Evolution.


  • Ecole Polytechnique, 1981-1984
  • Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), 1984-1987
  • PhD Dissertation "Strategic Behavior in International Economics and Contract Theory" Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 1987-1991 (Supervisor: R. Guesnerie)


  • Ingénieur Général des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC ParisTech)
  • Directeur d’Etudes (cumulant) at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  • Associate Professor of Economics at PUC-Rio

Fellowships and Honors

  • Laureate of the Review of Economic Studies Tour (best PhD students in the USA and Europe) in 1990.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship : joint at Harvard and MIT in the "Research Training Group in Political Economy" 1992-1994.
  • Fellow of the European Economic Association (2005-  )
  • Member of the European Economic Association Council (2005-2010)
  • Research Fellow of the Center of Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London (1994- )
  • Co-director of the International Trade programme at CEPR (2001-2007)
  • ERC Advanced Grant  "The Economic s of Cultural Transmission and Applications to Communties, Organizations and Markets" (TECTACOM)  (2013-2018)


French (native), English (fluent), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (read, written)