Jean Cordier

Teacher researcher in Marketing of agricultural and industrial products

Department of Economy, Management, Society

Teaching unit: Economics, Management and Society
Research unit: Structures and Markets in Agriculture, Resources and Territories, laboratory for Empirical Research in Economics

Academic background

Jean Cordier is Full Professor at Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes, since 1992. He managed the Laboratoire de Gestion then the Département d’Economie Rurale et de Gestion from 1994 to 2012. He is currently vice-director of the research unit UMR SMART n° 1302 INRA-AGROCAMPUS OUEST. His research topics cover the commodity marketing and related risk management (market, climatic and sanitary adverse events).
In 2003 and 2004, he was Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Agricultural Economics of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and at the Economic Research Service of the USDA (Washington D.C.).
He developed an applied work from 2007 to 2009 with a research contract with Groupama S.A ., a mutual insurance company in France, for designing innovative insurance contracts combining production an d market risks. He has responsible of the economical part of the research program SANCRE 2009-10 (PSDR Grand Ouest) on risk management of contagious livestock diseases.
He is an expert for national organisations (French Ministry, Agence Française de Développement), for professional organisations (farmers unions, SOFIPROTEOL, CGB) and companies (private trading, cooperatives, insurers, banks, farm advising companies). He is also producing studies and developing expertise for international organisations (The World Bank, OECD, FAO, European Parliament).



  • Risk management on commodity markets (financial and insurance contracts)
  • International marketing
  • Business strategy

Other institutions

  • Institut d’Actuariat de l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale (EURIA – Brest)
  • Université de l’Illinois à Urbana-Champaign and IAMZ à Saragosse

Research topics

Research topics are related to the research projects of the team « Production, Environnement et Risque » (PER) of the unit SMART n° 1302. 
They are mainly related to (1) risk assessment for market and production (climatic and sanitary adverse events), and (2) development of risk management tools to deal with systemic risks, in particular hybrid insurance contracts (such as revenue or margin contracts) and mutual funds (as designed in articles 38 and 39 of Regulation EU No 1305/2013. 
Research develops, within Point 1, the issue of endogenous volatility possibly related to new investment vehicles on the OTC agricultural markets. 
Research develops also, within Point 2, the potential need and the efficiency of public support to private instruments and public tools against catastrophic events.


His publications on PRODINRA

See also

Selection of recent publications, work in progress and detailed CV on his research unit personal page