The event is in French.

Institut Louis Bachelier and la Chaire Sécurisation des Parcours Professionnels invite you to the presentation of the book Economie du savoir-être, published on 8 September by Presses de Sciences Po.

During this online event*, the authors, Yann Algan (HEC Paris) and Elise Huillery (Paris Dauphine – PSL), will present the main observations of their work conducted during the writing of the book.


This book argues strongly for the recognition and integration of life skills in our educational system. All international studies show that the French have a low level of self-confidence, a feeling of personal effectiveness, perseverance and cooperation. At the root of this phenomenon is an education system that focuses on intellectual faculties and neglects relationships with oneself and others.

As a result, our pupils are more anxious than elsewhere, fear being considered incompetent if they fail, consider academic success to be innate, and shrink from obstacles and the unknown. Their well-being at school is lower than that of children in other OECD countries. As cross-sectional research in economics and psychology indicates, such a deficit in social and behavioural skills has a high impact on educational attainment and inequality, on occupational integration and life, and more generally on innovation and economic performance. This book makes a strong case for the recognition and integration of soft skills in our education system. The resilience of our society depends on it.

*An email will be sent to registrants a few hours before the event with a link to the conference (Microsoft Teams)



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