Grégoire de Lagasnerie (Grad. Year ’08) – French Ministry of Economy and Finance

Grégoire de Lagasnerie

1. Where do you come from? Could you tell us about your education and, in particular, about the track in which you were at the Paris School of Economics?

After two years of preparatory school at the Lycée Janson de Sailly in France and a bachelor at the University Paris-Dauphine in applied economics, I joined the Analysis and Policy in Economics master program. During this master degree at the Paris School of Economics, I specialized in health economics with an internship at the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés (CNAMTS, French National Health Insurance Fund) and a dissertation on health care reimbursement scheme in France. Graduated with honors in 2008, I began a PhD in health economics supervised by Mr. Pierre-Yves Geoffard about health care reimbursement policy and micro-simulation techniques.

2. Since your graduation at PSE, what kind of job have you had?

I concurrently joined the Directorate-General of the Treasury at the Ministry of Economy as health economist in 2010. Since then, I have been working on studies about long-term care and health care policies at a national and international level. Firstly, I inform the cabinet of the Ministry of Economy and my directors on current health care and long-term care issues. I also elaborate policy recommendations on these issues. Recently, I have provided analyses on physicians’ payments, chronic disease and health care reimbursement system. Furthermore, I worked on long-term care policy reform during the national debate in 2011, focusing on how to improve care given to frail and elderly people. Secondly, I cooperated with the European Commission and the OECD on reports about health care and long-term care. The Directorate-General of the Treasury is involved in drawing the Ageing Working Reports on health care and long-term care by providing comments and taking part in meetings. I discussed also the different reports published by the OECD notably the projections exercise. Lastly, I provide in-depth studies in order to furnish quantitative and qualitative analyses on how to enhance health care organization. This year, I am working on the development of a macro-simulation model for projecting health care expenditures in France. These projections will be used by the Haut Conseil pour l’Avenir de l’Assurance Maladie (French High Council for the Future of Health Insurance) and the Haut Conseil du Financement de la Protection Sociale (French High Council for the Social Protection Funding). In October, I will quit the Treasury to join the Health Division at the OECD.

3. According to you, what is the main value added that your education at PSE gave you?

My academic experiences at the Paris School of Economics enabled me to gain multiple skills meeting my current job requirements, among which:

  • An in-depth knowledge of health economics and particularly of the regulation of health care demand (e.g. reimbursement scheme, public and private boundaries) and supply (e.g. drug pricing and reimbursement policy, practitioners’ payments).
  • A solid expertise in modelling and estimation techniques to provide scientific quantitative arguments and objectively evaluate the different issues analyzed.
  • A strong cooperation spirit and good communication skills. Most of the projects I have been working on were conducted in team from workshop organized with different public institutions and administrations to joint-publication of articles in the field of my PhD. I also had multiple opportunities to practice my oral skills through the presentation of my studies in seminars or conferences.