Jean Guillaume Forand

Associate Professor
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Office: HH 131
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CV: Jean Guillaume Forand

BA (Ottawa); MA (Université du Québec à Montréal); PhD (Toronto)

Areas of specialization: Microeconomic theory; Political economy

Research interests

I am an applied microeconomic theorist and most of my research is in political economy, in particular on how dynamic models can enhance our understanding of the behaviour of voters and politicians and the formation of economic policies. However, I have broad interests and work on other topics like optimal learning and experimentation.


Although I did my BA in economics, I honestly did not enjoy the subject very much and spent most of my undergraduate days thinking about topics in sociology, history, philosophy and political science. I only decided to do an MA in economics because I wanted to focus on the history of economic thought and the history of science. I developed a deep appreciation for economics when I started to study game theory seriously and realised how broad (and subtle) are the tools that economists use. I understood that my disparate interests could all, to some degree, be accommodated within economics and decided to go on to do a PhD as an applied game theorist. 

Selected Publications

  • Forand, J.G. and J. Zapal, “Production Priorities in Dynamic Relationships”, Theoretical Economics, 15(3), 861-889, July 2020.

  • Forand, J.G., “Civil service and the growth of government”, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 177, September 2019, 104045.

  • Forand, J.G. and Metin Uyanik, "Fixed Point Approaches to the Proof of the Bondareva-Shapley Theorem." Economic Theory Bulletin, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, pp. 117-24, 2019.

  • Forand, J.G. and V. Maheshri, (2015) "A Dynamic Duverger's Law", Public Choice, 165(3-4).

  • Forand, J.G., (2015) "Keeping your options open", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 53, 47-68.
  • Forand, J.G., (2015) "Useless prevention vs. costly remediation”, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 10(2), 187-220. 
  • Forand, J.G., (2014) "Two-Party Competition with Persistent Policies", Journal of Economic Theory, 153, 64-91.
  • Forand, J. G. (2013) “Competing Through Information Provision,“ International Journal of Industrial Organization, vol. 31, pp. 438-451.