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Before I joined Collège de France in 1988 my main affiliation had been during forty years to the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques, the French central statistical office, in which most of my activities concerned research and teaching, up to 1974 when I was appointed as Director General.

Three books available in English are representative of my academic work, which benefited in particular from a year at the Cowles Commission (Chicago) in 1950-51 and two appointments as visiting professor in 1961 and 1967 at the University of California (Berkeley). These books are : Statistical Methods of Econometrics (1966), Lectures on Microeconomic Theory (1972) and Macroeconomic Theory (1998-2000).

I was president of the Econometric Society (1963), the International Economic Association (1974-1977), the International Statistical Institute (1980-1981) and the European Economic Association (1988).