Paris School of Economics

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Paris School of Economics
École d'économie de Paris
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La science économique au service de la société
Motto in English
Economics serving society
Established2006 as an independent institution; 1988 under a different name/institution
ChancellorJean-Pierre Danthine
DeanJean-Olivier Hairault
Academic staff
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The Paris School of Economics (PSE; French: École d'économie de Paris) is a French research institute in the field of economics. It offers MPhil, MSc, and PhD level programmes in various fields of theoretical and applied economics, including macroeconomics, econometrics, political economy and international economics.[1]

PSE is a brainchild of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, where the students are enrolled primarily), the École Normale Supérieure, the École des Ponts and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and it is physically located on the ENS campus of Jourdan in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. It was founded in 2006 as a coalition of universities and grandes écoles to unify high-level research in economics across French academia, and was first presided by economist Thomas Piketty. Since its foundation it has gained a certain amount of academic weight, and according to a ranking released by project RePEc in May 2020, it was ranked as the fifth-best university-level economics department in the world and first in Europe. Paris School of Economics' ranking has consistently risen since it was listed on the rankings on RePEc.[2]


Created in December 2006, the Paris School of Economics has the status of fondation reconnue d’utilité publique (a Public interest foundation). This status allows PSE to draw on both public and private funding.

PSE is one of the "Fondation de Coopération Scientifique" (Scientific Research Foundations), a new type of foundation created by the Government to develop centres of excellence in France. Scientific Research Foundations operate according to the same rules as Public interest foundations.

  • The Paris School of Economics is administered by a Board of Directors[3] consisting of representatives of the public and private partners, researchers, and outside personalities.
  • The Scientific Council consists of international researchers, external to PSE, of whom at least 50% work abroad. The Scientific Council evaluates the quality of both current and proposed teaching and research programmes. 3 Nobel Prizes laureates are members of the PSE Scientific Council.[4]

Degree programs[edit]

The foundation offers teaching through four Master programmes (APE, PPD, EDCBA, and Economics & Psychology) and a PhD Economics programme (within EDE-EPS).

Master's programs[edit]

  • Master APE: Analysis and Policy in Economics
  • Master PPD: Public Policy and Development
  • Master EDCBA: Economic Decision and Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Master Economics and Psychology

PSE in international rankings[edit]

Its contributory economics faculties, including the Ecole Normale Superieure, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE, are ranked between the top 13 among 53 departments worldwide by publication output of the top five scholars.[5] According to the global economics departments ranking released in May 2020 by RePEc, Paris School of Economics was ranked at 5th worldwide, 1st in Europe.[6]

International partnerships[edit]

NYU Provost David McLaughlin (middle); Ron Robin, NYUAD Senior Vice Provost, Francois Bourguignon, Paris School of Economics director

The Paris School of Economics has exchange students programs with some universities such as New York University[7] or the University of California, Berkeley.[8] It is also member of many exchange networks :

The World Inequality Report 2018 compiled by Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chanel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman[9] was released on 14 December 2017 at the Paris School of Economics during the first Conference held on 14 December and 15 December, which was sponsored by the Paris School of Economics, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Washington Center for Equitable Growth (CEG), the Ford Foundation, and the European Research Council.[10] World Wealth and Income Database (WID), an open source database, which is part of an international collaborative effort of over a hundred researchers in five continents. The WID is an extension of the earlier World Top Incomes Database (WTID).[11]


Scientific council[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PSE missions - Paris School of Economics". Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Top 25% Economics Departments, as of May 2020".
  3. ^ "PSE Board of Directors" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "PSE Scientific Counsel" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ Coupe, Tom. "Revealed Performances: Worldwide Rankings of Economists and Economics Departments 1969–2000".
  6. ^ "Top 25% Economics Departments, as of December 2016".
  7. ^ "New York University and Paris School of Economics Announce Global Partnership". New York University (Press release). 17 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Students Exchange programs - Paris School of Economics". Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  9. ^ Alvaredo, Facundo; Chanel, Lucas; Piketty, Thomas; Saez, Emmanuel; Zucman, Gabriel, eds. (14 December 2017). World Inequality Report (2018) (PDF) (Report). p. 300. Retrieved 14 December 2017. "This report emphasizes recent research articles written by: Facundo Alvaredo Lydia Assouad Anthony B. Atkinson Charlotte Bartels Thomas Blanchet Lucas Chancel Luis Estévez-Bauluz Juliette Fournier Bertrand Garbinti Jonathan Goupille-Lebret Clara Martinez-Toledano Salvatore Morelli Marc Morgan Delphine Nougayrède Filip Novokmet Thomas Piketty Emmanuel Saez Li Yang Gabriel Zucman"
  10. ^ "First Conference". WID. December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  11. ^ Izmirlioglu, Ahmet (2014–2015). "The World Wealth and Income Database (WID)". Journal of World-Historical Information. Reviews of Datasets. 2–3 (2). doi:10.5195/jwhi.2015.33. ISSN 2169-0812.

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