New OECD Chief Economist

OECD Observer

Jean-Philippe Cotis has taken up the post of OECD chief economist and head of the economics department, replacing Ignazio Visco who had held the position since August 1997.

Mr Cotis was previously director of the economics department at the French economy and finance ministry, a post he held since 1997. He has also previously worked with international institutions, chairing the European Union economic policy committee and the working party on policy aspects of macroeconomic and structural problems (WP1) of the OECD economic policy committee, as well as working as an economist at the IMF from 1986-1988.

Mr Cotis’ research work has mainly concerned labour markets, macroeconomic policies and taxation. In an interview with the media shortly after his appointment, the new chief economist spoke of his intention to link the strands of the organisation’s structural and economic work more closely together. On globalisation, Mr Cotis is constructive, seeing it “not as an end in itself. Rather, the objective is well-being, and the better management of global public goods like health and education”. Mr Cotis, 44, is married and has three children.

©OECD Observer No 234, October 2002

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