Nicolas Drouhin




I am Professor at the the University of Caen Normandy and researcher at the CREM laboratory (UMR CNRS 6211).

My research concerns the Theory of Intertemporal Choice (the way agents take decisions that involve future consequences) and numerous applications of this theory in Economics (Macroeconomics and Microeconomics) and Management. I have a particular interest for uncertain lifetime, life-cycle theory, social security and retirement, and time consitency of choice. I also work in Industrial Organisation, developing a theory of price competition with soft capacity constraints.

I teach Microeconomics as well as Macroeconomics with an integrated approach.


The article co-written with Marie-Laure Cabon-Dhersin Chamberlin without differentiation: Soft-capacity constrained price competition with free entry is definitively acceptred in the International Journal of Economic Theory (link)

The revised version of Non Stationary Additive Utility and Time Consistency (link) has been definitively accepted in the Journal of Mathematical Economics (2019/10/21)!

The revised version of A general model of price competition with soft capacity constraints (with M.-L. Cabon-Dhersin) (preprint version) (Final version) has been accepted in Economic Theory (2019/05/27)!



My presentation at the Workshop in honor of Daron Acemoglu (2017, 10/7)

"It is frequently assumed that imagination has a close affinity with emotion and therefore with irrationalism, and that rationalism rather tends towards an unimaginative dry scholasticism. I do not know whether such a view may have some psychological basis, and I rather doubt it. But my interests are institutional rather than psychological, and from an institutional point of view (as well as from that of method) it appears that rationalism must encourage the use of imagination because it needs it, while irrationalism must tend to discourage it. The very fact that rationalism is critical, whilst irrationalism must tend towards dogmatism (where there is no argument, nothing is left but full acceptance or flat denial), leads in this direction. Criticism always demands a certain degree of imagination, whilst dogmatism suppresses it. Similarly, scientific research and technical construction and invention are inconceivable without a very considerable use of imagination; one must offer something new in these fields (as opposed to the field of oracular philosophy where an endless repetition of impressive words seems to do the trick). At least as important is the part played by imagination in the practical application of equalitarianism and of impartiality. The basic attitude of the rationalist “I may be wrong and you may be right” demands, when put into practice, and especially when human conflicts are involved, a real effort of our imagination."                 

Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies.