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French Economist Jean Tirole Wins Nobel Economics Prize

Tirole has won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for the analysis of market power and regulation.

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Frenchman Jean Tirole has won the 2014 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, it has been announced.

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Tirole, 61, of Toulouse 1 Capitole University, France, won the prize "for his analysis of market power and regulation."

He becomes the third French Nobel economics laureate, and the 50th French laureate in all categories.

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A statement from the Nobel committee said: "Jean Tirole is one of the most influential economists of our time. He has made important theoretical research contributions in a number of areas, but most of all he has clarified how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms.

"Many industries are dominated by a small number of large firms or a single monopoly. Left unregulated, such markets often produce socially undesirable results – prices higher than those motivated by costs, or unproductive firms that survive by blocking the entry of new and more productive ones.

"From the mid-1980s and onwards, Jean Tirole has breathed new life into research on such market failures. His analysis of firms with market power provides a unified theory with a strong bearing on central policy questions: how should the government deal with mergers or cartels, and how should it regulate monopolies?"

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