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L’X graduate Stefanie Stantcheva named as Best Young Economist of France

Stefanie Stantcheva, an alum of École Polytechnique and professor at Harvard University, received the Best Young Economist of France Award for the year 2019, presented by Le Monde and Le Cercle des économistes. The prize was given in recognition of her outstanding research into the effects of tax reforms.


Screenshot from Quotidien, broadcast on May 14, 2019.

33-year-old École Polytechnique alum and Harvard University professor Stefanie Stantcheva is this year’s winner of the Best Young Economist of France Award. The prize, presented by Le Monde and Le Cercle des économistes, is awarded to French economists under the age of 41 who have produced exceptional academic work.

Stantcheva’s research focuses on taxation, looking particularly at its impacts on innovation. To conduct her research, the economist relied primarily on historical data based, for example, on 20th-century technological innovation in the United States. She also studied taxpayers’ views and social preferences with regard to taxation and redistribution in several European countries and the United States.

The goal of her research is to optimize fiscal policy and the tax system.

Last December, Stefanie Stantcheva was chosen as one of the eight best economists of the decade by the prominent newspaper, The Economist.

>Read Stefanie Stantcheva's interview for Le Monde (in French).

>Watch Stefanie Stantcheva's segment on Quotidien (in French).