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Laurene Tran

Coordinator of the YSI Innovation Working Group

Laurène Tran’s research interests revolve around the political economy of the digital economy, and in particular the evolution of the 5 institutional forms (forms of competition, wage-labor nexus, money, public authorities, international relations) in the entrepreneurial age.

She’s working to bridge the gap between the academic world and public debate with the journal Regards Croisés sur l’Economie.

Currently based at ESSEC Business School, she holds postgraduate degrees in Economics and in Sociology. 

During her studies, she has visited the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen (Danemark), the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA) and the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Turin (Italy).

As part of the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (ISIPE) network, she was lead organizer for PEPS-Economie, the French students’ association promoting pluralism in methods, disciplines and theories in the undergraduate economics curriculum. 

In 2014 together with Besiana Balla she founded the Economics of Innovation Working Group.  

Laurène Tran works for The Family, a pan-European long-term strategic investor that empowers entrepreneurs through education, services, and capital.

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From Terrible to Terrific Undergraduate Economics Curricula

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2015

Among the areas left largely unscathed by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent never-­‐ending recession, the teaching of economics ranks high.