The French Conseil d’analyse économique (Council of Economic Analysis) was created in July 1997. It is an independent, non partisan advisory body reporting to the French Prime Minister. Its members belong to the academic community and are chosen by the Prime minister. To bring further knowledge, some economists from the business sector may join in to contribute to specific projects.
This Council is meant to shed light on economic policy issues, especially at an early stage, before government policy is defined. It also contributes to the public debate through its publications.
From 1997 to 2012, the Council published 105 Rapports du CAE on various issues such as employment, energy, tax policy or financial regulation. All the reports are available on line. A printed version is available at La Documentation Française.
In 2012, the Council was reshuffled to make it fit better the needs to the Prime minister. The number of Members was halved, and a new, shorter publication was launched : Les Notes du CAE. Each Note is limited to twelve pages and provides explicit policy advice. It is written by at least two Members and extensively discussed internally before a final version is presented to the Prime minister. Each Note is ultimately published on the website of the Council. An English translation and executive summaries in German and in Spanish are also made available.