Rencontres économiques d’Aix-en-Provence 2007

Rencontres économiques d'Aix en-provence 2007


Which Capitalisms for the XXIth Century ?

The  7th Rencontres économiques d’Aix-en-Provence happened the 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2007


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Friday, 6th (Aix – Marseille Law and Political Science School, Paul Cezanne University, 3 avenue Robert Schuman)

 9:00 am The Lawyer’s Workshop.

  1. Law and regulations in the perspective of economic efficiency, growth and development (Differences and interaction between Law and regulations – Rigidity of the Law vs economic dynamism – Financial markets as regulating factors: the Law of mergers and acquisitions).
  2. The various forms of capitalism vs the different legal systems (Corporate law and the protection of minority shareholders – Bankruptcy Laws)
  3. Competition Laws and the protection of the parties involved (CEOs and clemency programs – The protection of minority shareholders – Class actions and the protection of consumers).
  4. Are legal systems a support for innovation? The law and economy of knowledge – Intellectual property rights and innovation (The eBay and Internet trademarks) – Sanctions by compensation of damage incurred.
  5. The unity of economic and civil rules in an unequal world



  • Guy Canivet (Constitutional Council)
  • Paul Joskow (MIT)
  • Frédéric Jenny (Cour de Cassation)
  • Claude Lazarus (Conseil de l’ordre des avocats)
  • Philippe Li (Kim & Chang)
  • Damien Neven (Directorate General for Competition, Brussels)
  • Jean-Claude Paye (former OECD Secretary-General)
  • Marc Pena (Dean, Law and Political Science School, Paul Cezanne University)
  • Catherine Prieto (Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille)
  • Didier Poracchia (Université de Droit, d’Economie et des Sciences d’Aix-Marseille)
  • Pierre Raoul-Duval (Gide Loyrette Nouel)
  • Andrei Shleifer (Harvard)
  • Georges Terrier (JeantetAssociés)

Coordination: Bertrand Jacquillat with the participation of Anne Perrot, Benoit Coeuré, Dominique Roux and Christian Stoffaës (Cercle des Economistes)


2:00 pm: Opening of the Aix-en-Provence Economic Forum

Welcomby Jean-Hervé Lorenzi (President of Le Cercle des économistes)

Opening by Roberto Lavagna(former Minister of Economy – Argentina)

Host: François Roche (Foreign Policy)


2:30 pm Session 1: The Diversity of Capitalisms


  • Michel Aglietta (Université Paris-X Nanterre)
  • Jeffry  A. Frieden (Harvard)
  • Peter A. Hall (Harvard)
  • Yixiang LIN (TX Investment Consulting Co)
  • Alexander Medvedev (Gazprom)
  • Edmund Phelps (Nobel Prize for economics)

Coordination:Patrick Artus, Christian de Boissieu (Cercle des économistes)

Host: François Roche (Foreign Policy)


3:45 pm Session 2: Financial globalization, a force of convergence?


  • Frank Dangeard (Club des Trente)
  • Christian Noyer (Banque de France)
  • Raghuram Rajan (University of Chicago)
  • Myron S. Scholes (Nobel Prize for Economics)
  • Michel Tilmant (ING)
  • Ted Tokuchi (Citic)
  • Rémy Weber (CIC – Lyonnaise de Banque)

Coordination:Anton Brender, Jean-Paul Pollin with the contribution of André Cartapanis (Cercle des économistes)

Host: Philippe Mabille (La Tribune)


5:00 – 6:15 pm Session 3: Globalization and Diversity of Social Structures


  • François Bourguignon (World Bank)
  • Pierre Gadonneix (EDF)
  • Roberto Lavagna (former Minister of Economy – Argentina)
  • Eric Lombard (BNP Paribas Assurance)
  • Philippe Mellier (Alstom Transports)
  • Axel Miller (Dexia)
  • Alain-Gérard Slama (IEP Paris)
  • Yoshinori Yokoyama (Social System Design Institute)

Coordination: Pierre Cahuc, Pierre Jacquet with the contribution of Jean-Michel Charpin (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Gérard Bonos (Radio Classique)


  First day’s conclusions:

  • Guy Canivet (Conseil Constitutionnel)
  • Andrei Shleifer (Harvard)

Coordination: Bertrand Jacquillat (Cercle des économistes)


Saturday, 7th(Institute of Political Science, 25 rue Gaston de Saporta)

9:00 am Session 4: Corporations at the Heart of Capitalism and Economic Growth


  • Philippe Aghion (Harvard)
  • Léo Apotheker (SAP)
  • René Carron (Crédit Agricole)
  • Oleg Deripaska (Rusal)
  • Christophe de Margerie (Total)
  • Gérard Mestrallet (Suez)
  • Augustin de Romanet (Caisse des dépôts)
  • Jean-François Théodore (Euronext)

Coordination:Jean-Paul Betbèze, Christian Saint-Etienne with the contribution of Daniel Vitry (Cercle des économistes)

Host:François-Xavier Pietri (La Tribune)


10:30 am Session 5: What Kind of Capitalism for what Kind of Economic Development?

Speakers (two stage sessions)

  • Afif Chelbi (Minister of Industry, Tunisie)
  • Soumaïla Cissé (UEMOA)
  • Eric Labaye (McKinsey)
  • Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon (Yale)
  • Lionel Zinsou (Rothschild et Cie Banque)
  • Jacques Attali (PlaNet Finance)
  • Thierry de Longuemar (African Development Bank)
  • Bruno Lafont (Lafarge)
  • Anne Lauvergeon (Areva)
  • Pedro Lichtinger (Pfizer)
  • Stéphane Salord (Mairie d’Aix-en-Provence)

Coordination:Agnès Benassy-Quéré, Jean-Marie Chevalier (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Frédéric Lemaître (Le Monde)


2:30 pm Session 6: The Spirit of Capitalism, Cultures and Religions.


  • Mohammed Arkoun (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III)
  • Gilles Benoist (CNP Assurances)
  • Monseigneur Jean-Charles Descubes (Archbishop of Rouen)
  • Bruno Etienne (IEP Aix-en-Provence)
  • Francis Fukuyama (Johns Hopkins)
  • Philippe Lemoine (LaSer)
  • Peter Sloterdijk (Hochschule für Gestaltung de Karlsruhe)
  • Immanuel Wallerstein(Yale)

Coordination:Pierre Dockès, Marc Guillaume with the contribution of Elie Cohen (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Dominique Rousset (France Culture)


3:45 – 5-15 pm Session 7: Capitalism, Nationalism and Economic Warfare


  • Gilles Duranton (Toronto University)
  • Simon Evenett (University of St. Gallen)
  • Paul Joskow (MIT)
  • Dalia Marin (University of Munich)
  • Mario Monti (Università Bocconi)

Coordination:Lionel Fontagné, Anne Perrot (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Christine Ockrent (France 3)


Sunday 8th(Aix – Marseille Law and Political Science School, Paul Cezanne University, 3 avenue Robert Schuman)

9 am Discussion: Is the principle of the freebe the ultimate stage of capitalism?


  • Didier Lombard (France Telecom)
  • Erik Orsenna (Académie française)

Coordination: Christian Stoffaës (Cercle des économistes)


9:30 am Session 8: France and Capitalism


  • Christine Lagarde (Minister for the Economy, Finance and Employment)
  • Michel Cicurel (Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque)
  • Jacques-Henri David (Deutsche Bank)
  • Alain Dinin (Nexity)
  • Jean-Paul Fitoussi (IEP Paris)
  • Pascal Lamy (OMC)
  • Serge Villepelet (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Serge Weinberg (Weinberg Capital Partners)

Coordination: Daniel Cohen, with the contribution of Michel Didier (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Jean-Marc Sylvestre (TF1)


10:45 am Session 9: Europe: one Capitalism, for diversity of nations


  • Michel Barnier (Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries)
  • Sergio Cofferati (Mayor of Bologna))
  • Joschka Fischer (Princeton University)
  • Philippe Herzog (Confrontations Europe)
  • Sir Callum McCarthy (Financial Services Authority)
  • Eric Le Boulch (CM-CIC Securities)
  • Wanda Rapaczynski (Agora Group, Gazeta Wyborcza)

Coordination:Catherine Lubochinsky, Jean Pisani-Ferry with the contribution of Jean-Dominique Lafay (Cercle des économistes)

Host:Eric Le Boucher (Le Monde)


11:30 – 1:15 pm Session 10: How to Manage the Diversity of Models?


  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno (Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations of UN)
  • Angel Gurría (OCDE)
  • Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal (Fundaçâo Getulio Vargas)
  • David Rubenstein (The Carlyle Group)
  • Guy Ryder (International Trade Union Confederation)
  • Jean-Claude Trichet (Banque Centrale Européenne)
  • Hubert Védrine (former French Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Coordination:Olivier Pastré (Cercle des économistes)

Host:François Lenglet (Enjeux Les Echos)


Conclusion:Jean-Hervé Lorenzi (Président du Cercle des économistes)