BIPE’s was created in 1958, a critical period when post-war France renewed with Europe and modernity.

During the 50’s, France was in the turmoil of post-war reconstruction, during which it changed its political regime, currency, and stabilised its economic fundamentals. By late 50’s France rebounded, renewing with modernity and opening up to Europe. It could now look squarely into the future.

However, two French high-ranking civil servants, François Bloch-Lainé, Managing Director of the governmental institution ‘Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations’, and Claude Gruson, Director for Economical and Financial Studies at the Finance Ministry, were convinced that the then-used methods for collecting economical information were too centralised and biased on political interests to be able to properly serve a modernised France. Therefore they set up BIPE in 1958 in order to provide independent economic information.

For 50 years, even though BIPE has constantly innovated and adapted itself to the changing economic environement, it has never wavered from its founding principle of unbiased independence.

BIPE is intertwined with the destiny of post-war France. 

Bringing together private and public interests

During its early years BIPE was an association. It invited companies, financial establishments, professional syndicates and State economic institutions to meet, dialogue and confront each other’s convictions.

This forum soon yielded beneficial results.

BIPE’s principles have not changed

From the start, BIPE has concentrated on three activities:

  • it organises the collaboration between private and public interests, financial establishments, and State economic institutions, using a multi-sectoral approach and combining the knowledge of different disciplines;
  • it informs companies on macro- and microeconomic prevision techniques; and
  • it uses the combined experiences and skills of its members to conduct short-, medium-, and long-term forecasts.

BIPE’s values have not changed

Since 1958, independence, impartiality to facts, scientific rigour and innovation cement BIPE’s work.


Today BIPE offers consulting services to private and public companies on a wide range of sectors. BIPE concentrates on three activities:

  • strategic and marketing services;
  • evaluation of medium- and long-term consequences of public policies; and
  • hosting observatories where BIPE’s members can benchmark and discuss studies, create business models for emerging markets and identify market catalysts.