Professor Olivier l'Haridon, a specialist in behavioural economics, awarded the 2016 Descartes-Huygens prize

Professor in Economics at the Faculty of Economics of Université de Rennes 1, Olivier l'Haridon was awarded the Descartes-Huygens prize at the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Amsterdam on 30th January 2017

Professor Olivier l'Haridon, Descartes-Huygens award winner

Professor l'Haridon, a behavioural economist, combines labour economics and decision theory with research on experimental economics. He is currently studying the perceptions of costs and effects of interventions in the health care system.

The jury was impressed by Professor l'Haridon’s prestigious publications and his long and ongoing cooperation with Dutch researchers, PhD and Master’s students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Descartes-Huygens Prize will allow him to continue a close cooperation with the this university for the next ten months. This cooperation could lead to new nudge techniques and digital tools that will help people take decisions in uncertain and changing circumstances.

What is the Descartes-Huygens prize?

The Descartes-Huygens prize, alternately allocated in the fields of science of matter, life sciences and human and social science, is awarded to two researchers, one working in France and one in the Netherlands. It was created in the Hague by the French and Dutch governments in 1995 in order to develop scientific cooperation and encourage public awareness of the history linking the two countries.

The prize provides funding which allows the awarded researcher to work in a laboratory in the partner country and thus encourages the success of a scientific project on a European scale. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences selects the French candidate for the prize. The Dutch candidate is selected by the Académie des Sciences.

Professor Louis Sicking, specialist in maritime history, was also awarded the prize.

Find out more about the Descartes-Huygens prize.