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New year, new challenges

The CEPII is looking forward to the new year and the developments it will bring that we hope to be positive. The Government, under whose auspices the CEPII has been operating since 1978, has initiated a thorough review of how to enhance the performance and coordination of the French organisations that conduct economic analysis and policy evaluation.
By Antoine Bouët
 Post, January 12, 2024

Last year, the Government commissioned Jean-Luc Tavernier, Director General of INSEE, and Nicolas Véron, co-founder of the Bruegel Institute and researcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, to examine the current situation and propose recommendations. In their report to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, they suggested, among other measures, merging the CEPII and the Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE). They argued that this would create a leading centre specialising in both domestic and international economics, and enable it to participate more effectively in the European policy debates.

The Prime Minister supported the merger proposal, recognising the strong scientific complementarity of the two organisations. The CEPII focuses on international issues, while the OFCE concentrates on the French economy. The executive will soon approve the details and timeline of the project, which will result in a new economic research organisation affiliated with the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP). The CEPII will retain its strong identity and reputation, built over 45 years, among economic researchers and institutions worldwide. The new organisation, formed by combining the two centres, will play a vital role in the public debates at both the French and European levels. It will enjoy more flexibility in its administration and finance, and will be closer to the academic community and more open to scholars and social science researchers, creating new synergies. The CEPII’s scientific advisors will keep their position in the new centre and continue their fruitful scientific exchange with permanent researchers, which makes the CEPII a remarkable scientific institution. The future centre will have a more flexible management framework and offer better career opportunities for permanent researchers. The merger will take into account the interests of all employees.

We anticipate that the research led by new centre will be based upon an ambitious and rigorous scientific work programme. The CEPII will keep providing analysis of the structural trends in the global economy, in the context of the current geopolitical, energy and ecological challenges. The CEPII will pursue its high-quality research to inform policymakers and fuel public debate on international economic issues.
Economic Policy 
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