CEPREMAP is a research centre born in 1967 of the fusion of the CEPREL and the CERMAP. Both centers were founded in 1961 by Mr Pierre Masse, French Plan Commissioner, in order to shed light upon French planning as a result of economic research.

Since January 1st 2005, CEPREMAP is the CEntre Pour la Recherche EconoMique et ses APplications (Center for economic research and its applications). It’s placed under the aegis of the Ministry of Research. CEPREMAP’s mission is to provide an interface between economic research and public administration.

It is an agency which provides economic research for the benefit of decision-makers, and at the same time a financing agency for projects which are known to play an important role in making public policy.

CEPREMAP defines its objectives with its institutional partners : Banque de France, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Centre d’Analyse Stratégique (Strategical analyse center), Direction Générale du Trésor et de la Politique Economique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, INSEE (National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies ), Agence Française du Développement (French Development Agency), Conseil d’Analyse Economique (Economic advisory group to the Prime Minister) , Ministère chargé du Travail: DARES (Department of Research and Statistics at the French Ministry of Employment), Ministère chargé de l’Equipement: DRAST (Department of research and scientific and technical affairs at the French Ministry of Equipment) , Ministère chargé de la Santé : DREES (Department of Research, Studies, Assessment and Statistics at the French Ministry of Health), Direction de la Recherche du Ministère de la Recherche (Research Direction of the Ministry of Research).

Furthermore, CEPREMAP will receive financial support from companies and institutions to develop specific applications in which the researchers will be asked to participate.

Research programmes

CEPREMAP’s activities are divided into 5 scientific programmes.

Every programme is directed by a steering committee composed of three or four recognized researchers. All of these programmes are coordinated by Philippe Askenazy.

About a hundred researchers participate in theses programmes. They are associated to Campus Jourdan at the Ecole Normale Supérieure or coopted by the directors of the research programmes.

The objectives of these programmes are defined for a period of two years. For 2007-2008, they have been established as follows:

Programme 1
Macroeconomic policy in an open economies

The main themes are: fiscal and monetary policy and management of economic cycles; international financial crisis and their resolutions; demography, long-term growth and retirement schemes (in connection with programmes 2 and 3).
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Programme 2
Labor and work

The main themes are: Employment policies and the efficiency of the labour market; management of age, retirement and employment (in connection with programmes 1 and 3 as regards retirement schemes); salary, education, training; working conditions: organization and satisfaction (in connection with programme 3 as regards health at work).
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Programme 3
Public finance and redistributive policies

The main themes are: Health and welfare (in connection with programme 2 as regards health at work); education; retirement and property; inequalities and social transfers (in connection with programme 1 as regards financing and programme 2 as regards seniors’ employment).
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Programme 4
Markets, firms and environment

The main themes are: Financial markets, competition policy and intellectual property; network economy; the environment.
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Programme 5
International trade and development

The main themes are: Trade and economic geography, development and poverty; development and growth.
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Within the framework of its different research programmes, CEPREMAP will provide:

  • The writing of brochures intended to make economic policy issues more accessible (5 per year).
  • An annual publication in English jointly with the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), coming in 2006.
  • The publication of works in collaboration with the publisher Editions Rue d’Ulm.
  • The publication on the Internet of working papers produced by researchers within the context of their contribution to CEPREMAP.
  • Seminars/debates organized with the concerned institutions in order to explain the political and economic stakes of our research.
  • The co-financing of projects which will be considered a priority by CEPREMAP’s partner institutions.