Georges de Ménil

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Georges de Ménil (2013)

Georges de Ménil (born December 4, 1940 in Clairac ) is an American economist and government advisor of French origin. He is professor emeritus at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


Georges de Ménil was born in France in 1940 as the son of the entrepreneur, philanthropist and art collector John de Menil (see Menil Collection ) and his wife Dominique de Ménil . His mother was the heiress of Conrad Schlumberger . In 1941 the family emigrated to the USA via Great Britain.

After studying history at Harvard University (BA 1963), he made his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was then an assistant professor at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and Princeton University . In 1978 he became professor of economics at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. It was there that he founded the Center for Quantitative and Comparative Economics (today: DELTA). In addition, he is u. a. Member of the Board of Directors of the École d'Économie de Paris and President of the American Foundation for the Paris School of Economics. This was followed by visiting professorships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Stern School of Business at New York University .

From 1970 to 1988 he was director of the family-owned oil exploration and oil field service company Schlumberger Limited. In 1975 he was appointed Chargé de Mission in the French Ministry of Finance and entrusted with his colleague Philippe Nasse to develop and implement the METRIC model (French: Modèle Économétrique Trimestriel de Conjoncture ), an economic model . In 1978 he founded the NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics. In 1982/83 he was a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In 1985 he was involved in the founding of the journal Economic Policy , which is published by the institutions CEPR (London), CES (Munich) and DELTA (Paris); he is also a member of the editorial board of Commentaire magazine , which was founded in 1978 by Raymond Aron .

From 1995 to 1997 he was co-director of the Soros International Economic Advisory Group (SIEAG) in Kiev, Ukraine, together with Anders Åslund and Marek Dąbrowski . From 1996 to 2003 he advised the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in a master's program. From 1997 to 2000 he was an advisor to the Romanian Prime Minister and worked on projects for the local Ministerul Muncii, Familiei și Protecției Sociale. In 1998 he co-founded the Romanian Center for Economic Policy. Later he was a member of a task force of the United Nations Development Program and the John F. Kennedy School of Government to reform the Yugoslav banking system (2001) and the UN- sponsored Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine (2004). Since 1999 he has been a member of the International Council of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has also organized several conferences and is a book author.

He is married to the historian Lois Pattison de Menil .



  • Bargaining. Monopoly Power Versus Union Power. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1972.
  • with Anthony M. Solomon: World Economic Summit (= Working Papers on International Politics , No. 26). With a foreword by Helmut Schmidt . Europa Union, Bonn 1983, ISBN 3-7713-0203-X .
  • with Uwe Westphal (Ed.): Stabilization Policy in France and the Federal Republic of Germany (= Contributions to Economic Analysis , No. 153). Elsevier Science, Amsterdam a. a. 1985, ISBN 0-444-87529-8 .
  • with Anders Åslund (Ed.): Economic Reform in Ukraine. The Unfinished Agenda. Sharpe, New York 2000, ISBN 978-0-7656-0624-2 .
  • Common sense. Pour débloquer la société française. Éditions Odile Jacob, Paris 2007, ISBN 978-2-7381-1871-4 .

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