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Philippe Aghion

Nationality  France
Name  Philippe Aghion
Role  Economist

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Born  August 17, 1956 (age 59) (1956-08-17) Paris, France
Institution  Harvard University, Paris School of Economics
Alma mater  Harvard University (Ph.D., 1987) Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (E.N.S., 1976) University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (DEA, 1981)
Awards  Yrjo Jahnsson Award (2001) John von Neumann Award (2009)
Education  Nuffield College, Oxford, University College London, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fields  Macroeconomics, Economic growth
Books  The Economics of Growth, Endogenous Growth Theory, Volatility and growth, Competition and Growth: R, Growth - Inequality - and Glob
Similar People  Peter Howitt, Gilbert Cette, Elie Cohen, Daron Acemoglu, Elhanan Helpman

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Philippe Mario Aghion (born August 17, 1956) is a French economist.

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Early life and education

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Aghion was born in Paris, the son of Gaby and Raymond Aghion.

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Aghion is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan, Mathematics Section), has a Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) in Mathematical Economics from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1987).


He is Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics, and an invited professor at the Paris School of Economics, having previously been Professor at University College London, an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

His main research work is on growth and contract theory. With Peter Howitt, he developed the so-called "Schumpeterian paradigm", and extended the paradigm in several directions; much of the resulting work is summarised in his joint book with Howitt entitled Endogenous Growth Theory.

Other activities

Aghion was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and he is a member of the Executive and Supervisory Committee (ESC) of CERGE-EI. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

In 2016, Aghion was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to an expert group advising the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, which was co-chaired by presidents François Hollande of France and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.


  • Aghion, Philippe; Howitt, Peter (1998). Endogenous growth theory. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262011662. 
  • Aghion, Philippe; Durlauf, Steven N. (2005). Handbook of economic growth. 1A. Amsterdam: Elsevier. ISBN 9780444520418. 
  • Aghion, Philippe; Durlauf, Steven N. (2005). Handbook of economic growth. 1B. Amsterdam: Elsevier. ISBN 9780444520432. 
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