The economist Jean-Marie Chevalier has passed away

Posted on Nov 4, 2021, 5:58 PMUpdated Nov 4, 2021, 6:15 PM

He was one of the founders, in 1992, of the Circle of Economists. The academic Jean-Marie Chevalier passed away last Friday. He was 80 years old. Doctor and associate in economics, he was professor emeritus at Paris-Dauphine University, where he also headed the Center for Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials for a long time.

The taste of pedagogy

Because Jean-Marie Chevalier had two areas of expertise: industrial economics and energy economics, which he taught at the universities of Algiers, Rabat, Grenoble, Paris XIII or even at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and ENA.

“He had a taste for pedagogy. He was a formidable type coupled with a great orator in front of lecture halls packed with people. It was he who decided me to make a university career, ”says economist Jean-Hervé Lorenzi.

Analysis of the oil shock

A prolific writer, Jean-Marie Chevalier was the author of numerous works, including, from 1973, a visionary book: “Le Nouvel Enjeu Pétrolier”. “He had a decisive influence in the analysis of the oil shock,” continues Jean-Hervé Lorenzi. And he knew how to distill with talent a culture of industrial economy in French society ”.

This pure Parisian, father of three children and son of an advisor to the Court of Auditors had first passed through Science po, where he acquired the meaning of the verb. From monthly to daily, its tribunes, relentlessly, invited reflection. Crazy about classical music, admirer of Marcel Proust, he liked to declaim several scenes from Andromache.

Cambridge to Matignon

“Last Sunday, we decided to write a new book on the challenges of reindustrialisation,” says Jean-Hervé Lorenzi.

Jean-Marie Chevalier was, in turn, a partner at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, member of the Economic Analysis Board of Matignon and director of Nexans.

On its website, the Cercle des Economistes salutes his vision, his intelligence, his curiosity, but also his human qualities and his love of life.

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