The Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne (OEE) is a non-profit association presided by Jacques de Larosière, Honorary Governor of the Banque de France, former Director General of the IMF, former President of EBRD and member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. Jacques de Larosière recently played a decisive role in reforming European financial authorities following the report of the high-level group on financial supervision in the EU, which is chaired by Jacques de Larosière.
The role savings play with regard to growth is frequently underestimated. OEE members believe that it's important to better understand such determinants in addition to economic issues related to savings at a European level, since European economies are closely interrelated, particularly within the Euro zone.
In order to enhance our understanding, it is necessary to harmonise the approaches and statistical methods applied by differing European countries in addition to increasing the number of studies that examine the behaviour of savers, the financial products available to them as well as regulation and taxation.
Since its creation in 1999, the OEE has conducted or supported more than 50 studies on savings, including those that are descriptive or theoretical. When selecting applications following our annual call for papers, our criterion demands that the study covers at least three European countries.
The OEE's aim is not to substitute already existing national and international institutions that collect information on savings, but rather to encourage interaction between such institutions and statisticians, researchers and professionals.
In 2011, the OEE's horizon expanded with the creation of its sister company, INSEAD OEE Data Services (IODS), conceived in partnership with INSEAD. IODS is the first European portal for economic and financial data for both researchers and professionals (see www.iods-data.eu for more information).
Didier Davydoff, Associate Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, is the Director of the OEE. He has previously worked as an economist at the Banque de France, Head of Market Development at COB and Director of Research & Strategy at the Bourse de Paris. He is also the Director-General of IODS.
Pierre Bollon, Managing Director at AFG, is the Secretary-General of the OEE.
Henri Delessy, Head of Economic Studies at the Banque Postale, is Treasurer at the OEE.