Bourguignon, was born in Paris in 1945 and has since October 2007 held the position as new Director of the Paris School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Western Ontario, Canada and earned a Doctorate in Economics at the University of Orleans in France. Bourguignon is the former first vice-president and Chief economist of the World Bank.
Bourguignon is a specialist in the economics of development, public policy, economic growth, income distribution and redistribution, inequality and poverty measurements, and has published more than 200 articles and several volumes.
He has played a vital role in placing economic growth and its relationship with inequality and income distribution and poverty at the centre of the World Bank’s agenda.
Bourguignon has founded and directed the Département et Laboratoire d’Economie Théorique et Appliquée (DELTA), a research unit in theoretical and applied economics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and was president of the European Economic Association for Population Economics. He received the silver medal for academic achievements from the French National Centre of Scientific Research in 1999.
In addition to being the managing editor of the World Bank Economic Review from 2000-03, and European Economic Review (1990-2000), he has been an associate editor of several other important economic journals, including the Review of Economic Studies (1982-1987), Annales d'Economie et de Statistiques (1988-1991), and the Journal of Public Economics, (1991-1997).