Jean-Paul Fitoussi

Jean -Paul Fitoussi ( born 1942 in La Goulette, Tunisia ) is a French economist of Tunisian origin.


In 1982 he was appointed professor at the Institut d' études politiques de Paris ( IEP) and is since 1989 President of the Observatoire français of conjonctures économiques ( OFCE ). He is also the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the IEP in Paris and since 1997 a member of the Economic Analysis Council, the French Prime Minister. In February 2008 he was appointed along with Joseph E. Stiglitz and Amartya Sen of President Sarkozy in the Stiglitz -Sen -Fitoussi Commission and took over the coordination. On 14 April 2008 he was elected to the Supervisory Board of Telecom Italia.


Fitoussi worked on theories of inflation, unemployment, open economies and the role of macroeconomic policy. He is a critic of the rigid fiscal and monetary policy, as these negative effects would have on growth and employment. His most recent work deals with the relationship between democracy and economic development.

Fitoussi advocates to replace the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency and replace it with the Special Drawing Rights of the IMF.