Portrait Laurent Gille
Laurent Gille

Emeritus Professor of Economics

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Laurent Gille is professor of economics (emeritus since 2017) in the Department of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) of Télécom Paris since 2002, a department he managed from 2002 to 2008, then from 2012 to 2013, after having exercised for more than 25 years strategic advisory functions in the field of transport and telecommunications.

Laurent Gille, a graduate of ENSAE Paris and doctor of management, specializes in the economic analysis of telecommunications as well as in the study of the mechanisms of exchange and economic mediation. He has 40 years of experience in technical, economic, prospective, regulatory and strategic telecommunications studies. He has notably tackled for the European Commission as well as for multiple European and African regulators, many aspects of the economic regulation of networks. Since the end of the 1980s, he has also conducted numerous analyzes on the mechanisms of exchange, the functioning of markets and in particular electronic commerce and digital platforms. In 2005, he created specific training for French-speaking regulators (RegNum) in collaboration with Arcep and contributed in 2007 to the creation of the Innovation & Regulation Chair in Digital Services in partnership with the École Polytechnique. It organizes every two years since 2011 an African Conference on the Regulation and the Economics of Telecommunications (CARET then CAREN) in Burkina Faso.

Activités : enseignement, recherche, projetsActivities : Teaching, Research, Projects

Our research focuses on three areas:

1. The question of value: economics is essentially the science of value. What is valuable and why? But economics is mainly concerned with the value of things, while our societies also consider the value of beings: the relationship of the value of things to the value of beings is at the basis of our interrogation.

2. Value in the digital economy raises multiple questions that we seek to explore, particularly in the context of developing economies:

  • Firstly around the concepts of business models, digital technology having profoundly renewed the production, exchange and sharing of values;
  • then through questions of measurement, but also of prospective, the observation of digital technology and the apprehension of its dynamics being far from simple;
  • finally, on the macro-economic impact of information and communication technologies (impact on productivity, cyclical and structural impacts, macro-economic development of ICT markets, etc.).

3. Anyone interested in the digital economy is necessarily interested in digital regulation issues. It is a rapidly expanding field that it becomes difficult to deal with in its entirety. We are particularly interested in the design and regulation of wholesale markets (interconnection, access, sharing of infrastructure, etc.), as well as the deployment of infrastructure, particularly in developing countries.

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