Mathias Dewatripont


Mathias Dewatripont was appointed Executive Director at the National Bank of Belgium in May 2011, where he is responsible for prudential policy and financial stability. In this capacity, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank and of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Mr Dewatripont holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, 1986. He has done research on the theory of incentives and organisations. Since 1990 he has been Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was part-time Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Research Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) between 1998 and 2011. Fellow of the Econometric Society, laureate of the 1998 Francqui Prize and of the 2003 Yrjo Jahnsson Prize for Economics, he was elected President of the European Economic Association for the Year 2005. He is member of the Académie Royale De Belgique and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He was also outside Director of CGER-Bank (1992-99) and President and subsequently Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of ULB (2009-2011).

He has published widely in the areas of contract theory, organisation economics, and banking and finance. His books include The Prudential Regulation of Banks (with Jean Tirole, MIT Press, 1994), Contract Theory (with Patrick Bolton, MIT Press, 2005) and Balancing the Banks: Global Lessons from the Financial Crisis (with Jean-Charles Rochet and Jean Tirole, Princeton University Press, 2010).