Philippe Aghion holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, 1987. He is Professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He was also Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was a Programme Director for Industrial Organization at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a Member of the Council of the European Economic Association. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the 2001 Laureate of the Jahnsson Medal and the recipient in 2006 of the Médaille d'Argent du CNRS. In 2005, he received a Honorary Degree from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has been invited to deliver the Clarendon Lectures (Oxford), the Zeuthen Lectures (Copenhagen), the Kuznets Lectures (Yale), the Gorman Lectures (University College London) and the Munich Lectures.
He has written extensively on a range of topics in economics, in particular the theory of contracts and organizations and the theory of endogenous growth.