Biographical Information


Born 7 February 1975 in Munich (Germany), German nationality


Research Professor (Directeur de Recherche)
Paris School of Economics, CNRS, Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne

Further affiliations and associations

  • Economics Faculty, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • LSE Choice Group, London School of Economics, U.K.
  • Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics, U.K.
  • Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), Group "Decision, Rationality, Interaction" (DRI), Paris, France
  • Institute for Global Studies (Collège d'Etudes Mondiales), Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France
  • Société de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris, France

Past Career

  • 2011-15: Professor of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 2011-15: Research Fellow (Chargé de Recherche), CNRS, France
  • 2009-11: Lachmann Fellow for research in economics and philosophy, London School of Economics, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
  • 2009: Habilitation (external) at the Economics Faculty of Karlsruhe University (Thesis)
  • 2006-9: Nuffield Foundation New Career Fellow, London School of Economics, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
  • 2005-8: Assistant Professor of Economics, Maastricht University, Department of Quantitative Economics (tenured in 2008)
  • 2002-5: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy, Probability and Modelling Group, Centre for Junior Research Fellows, Konstanz University

Research areas (see also Research projects)

Economics and philosophy. Particularly, decision theory from various perspectives: individual or collective, philosophical or formal, normative or positive, foundational or applied.
  • individual decisions: reasons, motivations, rationalization, unawareness, preference change, freedom of choice
  • collective decisions: aggregation of judgments, preferences, probabilities, and other attitudes
  • further interests: welfare economics, game theory, probability theory and statistics, classical and non-classical logic, models of terrorism prevention

Main awards, distinctions and grants

  • Project Grant from the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), awarded to a 17-member team led by Eric Danan, for the project Coping With Heterogeneous Opinions, 2017-21
  • French-German Project Grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), awarded to a 19-member French-German team led by Mikael Cozic and Olivier Roy, for the project Collective Attitude Formation, 2017-20
  • Collaborative Grant from Paris School of Economics, awarded to F. Dietrich, M. Fleurbaey, J.-F. Laslier, G. Ponthière and S. Zuber for the project Normative Economics: Ethics, social norms, individual behaviour, and collective choice, 2017-21
  • Excellence Programme of Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), awarded to R. Sanver (leader), D. Bouyssou, F. Dietrich, J. Lang, J.-F. Laslier, M. Nunez, M. Ozturk and A. Touskias for the project Microbehavioural Foundations of Institutional Design, 2016-19
  • Project Grant from the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), awarded to S. Zuber (leader), K. Decancq, F. Dietrich, M. Fleurbaey and G. Pontière for the project Fairness in intertemporal economic environments with risk, 2013-6
  • 5th Social Choice and Welfare Prize of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare, awarded to F. Dietrich and C. List at the Society’s general meeting in Moscow, 2010
  • Ludwig Lachmann Research Fellowship of the London School of Economics, 2009-11
  • Excellent Young Scholar Award of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Maastricht University, 2007
  • Veni Fellowship from the Dutch Science Foundation, 2006-8
  • New Career Development Fellowship from the Nuffield Foundation (U.K.), 2006-9
  • Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation, 2005 (not taken up)
  • Doctoral Scholarship from the Cusanus Foundation (Germany), 2000-2
  • Graduate Scholarship from the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, 2001

Selected editorial and administrative activities

  • Social Choice and Welfare, Associate Editor
  • Theory and Decision, Associate Editor
  • Economics and Philosophy, Editorial Board member
  • Society for Social Choice and Welfare, Caen, Council member
  • Société de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris, Administrative Board member
  • Paris Seminar Ethics & Economics (EthiEco), oo-organizer (and co-founder)
  • Theory and Decision Library, Advisory Board member (Series “Rational Choice in Practical Philosophy and Philosophy of Science”)

University Education

  • Doctorate in Mathematics at Oxford University, 2004. Doctoral studies May 1999 – Aug 2002 at Oxford University, Brasenose College. Area: probability theory and statistics, econometrics.
  • Diplom in Mathematics (major) and Economics (minor) at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, 1999. Studies at Technische Universität München (Oct 1993 – July 1995), Oxford University (Oct 1995 – June 1996), and Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Oct 1996 – Feb 1999).