Jean Tirole, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics and President of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation–Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), and Bruno Sire, President of Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, met with François Houllier, President of INRA on 15 October in the context of a meeting devoted to the Foundation, an innovative institutional structure of which INRA was one of the founder members.
During the meeting, François Houllier was able to congratulate the new laureate: 'We are delighted that the Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to Jean Tirole. We are delighted for him, naturally, but also because this award recognises the scientific dynamism of this discipline in France, and most particularly in Toulouse. And finally, we are delighted because this award will enhance the attractiveness of the work carried out by our colleagues at the Toulouse School of Economics on the economics of natural resources, or industrial economics applied to the food industry and bioindustries'.
Jean Tirole then talked about INRA's collaboration with the Toulouse School of Economics; 'Our partnership with INRA is extremely important to us. It concerns economic research issues in the areas of agricultural economics, agricultural markets or environmental economics.'
INRA, a founder member of the Toulouse School of Economics
The origins of the Toulouse School of Economics go back to the early 1980s, when it was set up under the impetus of Jean-Jacques Laffont, Professor at Université Toulouse 1. In 2007, a major advance was achieved through creation of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation–Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). At that time, the structure benefited from government support through the 'Thematic Networks for Advanced Research' (RTRA) mechanism. It also received initial grants from its founder members: INRA, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, CNRS and EHESS. The Foundation is now governed by a Board chaired by Jean Tirole, involving both public and private investors. This assures a new mode of long-term financing that can attract students and researchers from throughout the world. The prime objective of the Foundation is to develop and encourage cutting-edge research in economics and related social sciences. It also contributes to the public debate and offers both public and private decision-makers the most advanced economic research tools available today.