David Hémous has made significant contributions to the economic analysis of the role of technological changes to the dynamics of the economy and of climate change. He has led a strong push in the literature demonstrating that the direction of technological change responds to economic incentives, which is key information for shaping the right policies driving the energy transition.
Although David faced very strong competitors, the selection committee unanimously gave him the maximum grade for this competition. He emphasizes the importance of a balanced growth path and shows that the lack of such a path is closely related to the slow development of green technologies and to growing inequality in labor economics.