Nicolas Drouhin




I am Associate Professor at the Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay. and researcher at CREST (UMR CNRS 9194) laboratory.

During the academic year of 2017-2018, I am working as a full time CNRS researcher.

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

My research about Behavioral Economics concerns the theory of Intertemporal Choice (the way agents take decisions that involve future consequences) and numerous applications of this theory in Economics and Management. 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.


This year, I will present my work at the following events:

67th meeting of the French Economic association (AFSE), Paris, France, May 14-16, 2018

The 2018 Public Economic Theory Conference (PET 2018), Hué, Vietnam, June 6-8, 2018

Journées Louis-André Gerard-Varet, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 25-26, 2018

33rd Annual congress of the European Economic Association, Cologne, Germany, August 27-31, 2018

XXXIII Jornadas De Economia Industrial, Barcelona, Spain, September 6-7, 2018

Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern-European Economic Theorists (ASSET 2018), Florence, Italy 8-10 November, 2018


"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.