Emmanuel Farhi Bio – Wiki
Emmanuel Farhi was a French economist and professor of economics at Harvard University. He was born on September 8, 1978. His research focused on macroeconomics and finance. He was a member of the French Economic Analysis Council to the French Prime Minister from 2010 to 2012.
Farhi, a French economist, and professor of the subject at Harvard University has died at the age of 41. Farhi died on July 23.
The son of an economist, Farhi grew up in Paris where he attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. At age 16 he won the Concours général in Physics and continued on to study Mathematics in a preparatory class.
Ranking 1st on the national entrance exam to École Polytechnique in 1997, he eventually chose to attend École Normale Supérieure. He specialized in Mathematics obtaining 2nd place on the Agrégation de Mathematiques (French degree). Farhi was then admitted to the Corps des Mines in 2001.
He finished his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2006.
Farhi started his career in the Economics department of Harvard in 2006 and was tenured in 2010. Though highly quantitative, his work sheds light on practical issues such as macroprudential regulation, mitigating the impacts of economic crises, or understanding the implications of fiscal policies. For example, he assessed the controversial Social VAT, a measure introduced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and repealed by his successor Francois Hollande only to reemerge under a different form: the “Competitiveness Pact”.
Farhi was granted several awards for his work, including
2009 Bernácer Prize for the best European economist under the age of 40
2011 Malinvaud Prize
2013 Best Young Economist prize awarded by the Cercle des économistes
2013 Banque de France and Toulouse School of Economics (BDF-TSE) Award in Monetary Economics and Finance
In September 2014, the IMF published a list of the 25 “economists under 45 [who] will have the most influence in the coming decades on our understanding of the global economy”. Farhi was one of the 7 French economists listed for his work on “monetary economics, international economics, finance and public finance, including research on global imbalances, monetary and fiscal policy, and taxation.”
Farhi frequently co-authored academic papers with Ivan Werning, Xavier Gabaix, and Jean Tirole among many others.
Emmanuel Farhi Died
Farhi’s death was described as “unexpected” by his Harvard colleague Neil Shephard. Shephard added that Farhi’s works “was very wide-ranging, including writing important papers on financial stability.” An email that was sent to Farhi’s Ph.D. students that were also shared on Facebook said that Farhi’s died “suddenly.” The email also said, “This is a tragedy beyond any words I can come up with.” A virtual gathering of staff and students of the economics department will take place on July 25.
Fellow economist Thomas Philippon paid tribute to Farhi tweeting, “I lost a friend yesterday. Economics lost one of its brightest minds. RIP Emmanuel Farhi.” Another friend, Quoc-Anh Do, called Farhi a “beautiful mind that has left our world.” The tribute described Farhi as being a “gift to humanity.”