Emmanuel Farhi

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Emmanuel Farhi
Born (1978-09-08) September 8, 1978 (age 36)
Nationality France
Institution Harvard University,
Toulouse School of Economics
Field Macroeconomics, Finance
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure,
Mines ParisTech,
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Emmanuel Farhi (born September 8, 1978) is a French economist, and currently a professor in the Harvard department of economics.[1] His research focuses on macroeconomics and finance. He was a member of the French Economic Analysis Council to the French Prime Minister from 2010 to 2012.[2]


The son of an economist, Farhi grew up in Paris where he attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. At age 16 he won the Concours général in Physics and continued on to study Mathematics in preparatory class.
Ranking 1st on the national entry exam to École Polytechnique in 1997,[3] he eventually chose to attend École Normale Supérieure ULM, a very select French university boasting an impressive record of Nobel prize and Fields Medal winners. He specialized in Mathematics obtaining 2nd place on the Agrégation de Mathematiques (French degree). He was then admitted to the prestigious Corps des Mines in 2001, a French institution whose purpose is to entice the brightest students in mathematics and physics to serve the government.
He finished his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2006.[1]


Farhi started his career in the Economics department of Harvard in 2006[1] and was tenured in 2010.[4] Though highly quantitative, his work strives to shed light on practical issues such as macroprudential regulation, mitigating the impacts of economic crises or understanding the implications of fiscal policies. For example he assessed the controversial Social VAT,[5] a measure introduced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and repealed by his successor Francois Hollande only to reemerge under a different form: the "Competitiveness Pact".

Farhi's work has been sanctioned by several awards among which the:

Frequent co-authors include Ivan Werning[10] and Jean Tirole among many others.

Selected publications[edit]

Farhi has authored and published many academic articles and a book.

  • Reforming the International Monetary System[10]
  • « Speculative Growth: Hints from the US Economy » (en coll.), American Economic Review, vol. 96, n° 4, septembre 2006.
  • « Saving and Investing for Early Retirement: A Theoretical Analysis » (en coll.), Journal of Financial Economics, vol. 83, n° 1, 2007.
  • « An Equilibrium Model of Global Imbalances and Low Interest Rates » (en coll.), American Economic Review, 2008.
  • « A Theory of Liquidity and Regulation of Financial Intermediation » (en coll.), Review of Economic Studies, 2009.
  • « Progressive Estate Taxation » (en coll.), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2010.
  • « Nonlinear Capital Taxation without Commitment » (with Christopher Sleet, Iván Werning, and Sevin Yeltekin) Review of Economic Studies, October 2012, 79, no. 4: 1469–1493.


  1. ^ a b c [1], Bio.
  2. ^ [2], CAE.
  3. ^ [3], Concours Polytechnique.
  4. ^ [4], Tenure.
  5. ^ [5], Social VAT.
  6. ^ [6], Bernacer Prize.
  7. ^ [7], Malinvaud Prize.
  8. ^ [8], Cercle des Economistes Award.
  9. ^ [9], BDF-TSE Award.
  10. ^ a b [10], The Economist.

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