June 17, 2019
Professor Georges Dionne has been awarded the title of Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) in recognition of his contributions to academic research and training of human capital throughout his career.
This distinction was formally presented on May 30, in conjunction with the annual CEA conference. Economists Larry G. Epstein, of Boston University, and Martin Browning, of the University of Oxford, were also inducted as Fellows along with Professor Dionne.
There are only 24 CEA Fellows out of a total membership of about 2,000 in Canada and abroad. The title of Fellow, the highest honour conferred by the Association, is awarded to economists who have spent a significant portion of their careers in Canada.
Georges Dionne earned a PhD from the Université de Montréal in 1979. He is a Professor of Finance and has held the Canada Research Chair in Risk Management at HEC Montréal since 1996.
He was President of the CEA in 2012–2013 and a member of the editorial committee of the Canadian Journal of Economics (CJE) from 1985 to 1988.
Professor Dionne has received many distinctions throughout his career, including an honorary PhD from the Université d’Orléans, in France, in 2006. In 2011, he was awarded the Innis–Gérin Medal for his contribution to social sciences in Canada and, in 2017, he was honoured by the International Insurance Society with the John S. Bickley Founder’s Award for his contribution to insurance education.
His main research fields include financial economics, insurance economics, applied econometrics, market microstructure and public economics.
He is a frontrunner in the development of statistical tests for measuring the importance of asymmetric information problems in insurance portfolios and financial markets in general.
A second significant innovation stemming from Professor Dionne’s research is the formulation of econometric models for pricing insurance for individuals and vehicle fleets in a dynamic context.
He is also known for his research in theoretical analyses of individual behaviour under risk. In 2019 he published a new book, Corporate Risk Management: Theories and Applications (Wiley).
Professor Dionne’s contribution to economics is also closely related to his role as an educator and mentor for many advanced students. He has directed over 30 PhD dissertations and 95 master’s theses, and has won the top two HEC Montréal awards for excellence in teaching and research.