Philippe Aghion

Philippe Aghion ( born August 17, 1956 in Paris ) is a French economist. His main research focus is the growth and contract theory.


In 1981 he completed his studies and received his diploma for Business Mathematics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne. In 1987, he was able to complete a Ph.D. at Harvard University. In the same year Aghion lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and remained so until 1989. 1989 he became a Research Member of CNRS - DELTA. 1990 until 1991 he was deputy chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In 1991 he became editor of the Review of Economic Studies and remained so until 1997. 1992 he was a senior editor of The Economics of Transition. 1992 to 1996 he was a member of Nuffield College, Oxford. As a professor at University College London, he worked from 1996 until he moved to Harvard University in 2000.


  • 2001: Yrjo Jahnsson Award of the European Economic Association
  • 2005: Honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics
  • 2006: Schumpeter Prize of the International Schumpeter Society


  • Endogenous Growth Theory, with Peter Howitt, MIT Press, January 1989 ISBN 9780262011662
  • Growth Inequality and Globalization: Theory, History, and Policy, by Jeffrey G. Williamson, Cambridge University Press, July 1999, ISBN 9780521650700
  • An Agenda for a Growing Europe: The Sapir Report, with André Sapir (ed.), Giuseppe Bertola, Marco Buti, Martin Hellwig, Jean Pisani -Ferry, Dariusz Rosati K., Peter M. Smith, Jose Vinals, Helen Wallace, Oxford University Press 2003, ISBN 9780199271481
  • Éducation et Croissance, with Cohen E., 2004
  • Volatility and Growth, with A. Banerjee, Oxford University Press 2005
  • Competition and innovation, with R. Griffith, MIT Press 2005
  • Handbook of Economic Growth, S. Durlauf with, Elsevier 2005, ISBN 9780444508379
  • Competition and Growth: Reconciling Theory and Evidence, with Rachel Griffith, March 2008, ISBN 9780262512022