Economics serving society

The Board of Directors

The Paris School of Economics is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives of the public and private partners, researchers, and outside personalities. Its members receive no payment for their positions. Presided by Jean-Pierre Danthine since 2015, Board of Directors votes on the budget and selects the scientific programmes following advice from the Scientific Board.


The public founders “college”

Apart from the State, which provided an initial endowment to the Foundation, six public partners were present at the creation of PSE. They provide human resources (Research, Teaching, Technical and Administrative Staff) and financial resources, as well as buildings, in the cadre of multi-year agreements:
> CNRS – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
> Ecole des Ponts Paris-Tech
> EHESS – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
> ENS – École Normale Supérieure
> INRAE – Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
> Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a public multidisciplinary research organization under the supervision of the Ministry in charge of research. It is one of the most important research institutions in the world. Its mission is to advance knowledge and be useful to society. To meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow, its scientists explore life, matter, the Universe and the functioning of human societies. Internationally recognized for the excellence of its scientific work, the CNRS is a reference both in the world of research and development and for the general public.
> More about the CNRS : https://www.cnrs.fr

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A French Grande Ecole, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech has been training high-level engineers, future leaders and researchers since 1747, capable of meeting the challenges of society and transforming it. In addition to civil engineering and land use planning, which have historically made its prestige, the School develops training and research of excellence related to the challenges of the energy transition. École des Ponts ParisTech offers a very high level of general engineering training. Taking up the major challenges of society is part of the history of the École and continues to guide it. Thus, building a future in a world that is becoming aware that resources are limited and that human activities impact the environment on a global scale is a formidable challenge that the young generations trained at the École des Ponts ParisTech will have to take up.
> More about the Ecole des Ponts Paristech : https://www.ecoledesponts.fr/

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Created in 1975, the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) brings together researchers and students from all over the world with the aim of bringing together all the disciplines of the social sciences in order to understand societies in all their complexity. It is unique in the French academic field both because of its intellectual project and thanks to its model of training through research, its international anchoring and its openness to society. An atypical institution, EHESS embodies the intellectual project of a permanent dialogue between all the human and social sciences. Founded on learning through research, its training programs are based on a dense network of researchers and institutions from around the world, and on deep links with civil society.
> More about the EHESS : https://www.ehess.fr/

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Both a grande école and a university, the École normale supérieure - PSL provides training of excellence through research leading to the various teaching and research professions, and contributes to the training through research of senior executives from public administrations and French and European companies. It also defines and implements a scientific and technological research policy in a multidisciplinary and international perspective. Intellectual freedom, pluridisciplinarity in the arts and sciences, personalized follow-up, and a vibrant campus life that brings together students and professors from all disciplines have been at the heart of the School’s specificities for more than two centuries. The ENS is a founding member of the research university Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), which brings together 25 prestigious Parisian institutions with a common practice of training through research.
> More about the ENS-PSL : https://www.ens.psl.eu/

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The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE), a public scientific and technological institution, was created on January 1, 2020 from the merger between INRA, the National Institute for Agricultural Research, and Irstea, the National Institute for Research in Science and Technology for the Environment and Agriculture. Under the joint supervision of the ministries in charge of research and agriculture, its mission is to carry out, organize and coordinate, on its own initiative or at the request of the State, all scientific and technological research work in the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, environment, water, biodiversity, bioeconomy, circular economy, sustainable land management and risks in these fields.
> More about the INRAE : https://www.inrae.fr/

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Established in the heart of the Latin Quarter and its effervescence, heir to the glorious past of the college founded by Robert de Sorbon in the 13th century, turned towards international development and innovation since its creation in 1970, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne aims to become one of the world’s knowledge centers in the human and social sciences. Heir to both the Sorbonne and the Faculty of Law and Economics of Paris, which is symbolized by its name of Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University Paris 1 today welcomes about 40,000 students divided into 14 Training and Research Units (UFR) and 4 Institutes. It thus offers a full range of courses of excellence in the fields of legal and political sciences, economics and management, and arts and humanities.
> More about the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne : https://www.pantheonsorbonne.fr/


The private partners “college”

The role of private partners is central: their commitment contributes to breaking down the barriers between academic research and civil society and ensures the financial sustainability of the foundation. Their presence is also a guarantee of good governance. Four private entities are currently part of the college of the foundation’s private partners :
> AFPSE – American Foundation for the Paris School of Economics
> AXA
> Boussard et Gavaudan Gestion
> Exane

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The American Foundation for the Paris School of Economics (AFPSE) represents PSE in the United States. Its mission is to facilitate the international influence of the school, in particular by facilitating a dialogue between researchers and the various economic actors. The AFPSE organizes events to promote PSE’s missions and to raise funds for the development of its activity.
> More about the AFPSE : http://www.afpse.org/

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Since its creation in 1985, AXA has become a world-renowned brand present in 64 countries and with nearly 107 million customers. This adventure was made possible by the involvement of employees who share the same ambition: to make life better for its clients by protecting them as well as possible against the hazards and uncertainties that surround it. AXA France translates its values into action by getting involved in a number of projects that serve the general interest: reducing road risk through prevention, supporting women in their projects, developing accessibility for people with disabilities, and more.
> More about AXA France : https://www.axa.fr

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Boussard & Gavaudan is an independent group created in 2002 and wholly owned by its founders and partners. The group has more than 90 employees based in London, Paris and New York and manages several hedge funds and FCPs. Boussard & Gavaudan Gestion, the French entity, is approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers and manages an equity mutual fund in European Union countries.
> More about Boussard & Gavaudan : https://www.boussard-gavaudan.com/

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Le Groupe Exane was founded in 1990 on the basis of a solid business model built around 3 complementary businesses: Cash Equities (Exane BNP Paribas), Derivatives (Exane Derivatives) and Asset Management (Exane asset management, Ellipsis AM and Ixios Asset Management). Exane has expanded internationally in order to be as close as possible to its clients, with Paris and London as its main offices. Exane has specialized in European equities for more than 25 years and continues to develop its expertise in each of its 3 business lines (treasury equities, derivatives and asset management) with research at the heart of its preoccupations.
> More about Exane: https://www.exane.com


The scientific partners “college”

The college of scientific partners brings together institutions and organizations, communities, companies and associations associated with specific programs as part of the foundation’s scientific activities. It is currently composed of 4 entities:
> Banque de France
> GENES - Groupe des Ecoles Nationales d’Economie et Statistiques
> Ined - Institut national d’études démographiques
> IRD - Institut des Recherche pour le Développement

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As a member of the Eurosystem, which comprises the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the countries that have adopted the euro as their currency, the Banque de France is a public legal entity governed by the provisions of the Monetary and Financial Code. It is independent of the State and, as such, is prohibited from authorizing overdrafts or granting any other type of credit to the Treasury or any other public body or enterprise. The conditions under which it carries out its missions on the national territory are defined by a public service contract. At PSE, the Banque de France’s commitment is reflected in a chair promoting the development of research on the architecture of the international monetary and financial system and in the field of international macroeconomics.
> For more information on the Banque de France, see: https://www.banque-france.fr/
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The GENES (Group of National Schools of Economics and Statistics) was established on January the 1st, 2011 as a public scientific, cultural and professional institution (EPSCP), under the technical supervision of the ministry of the economy, finance and industry (INSEE). It groups together four institutions: CREST (Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics), CEPE (Centre for the Study of Economic Programmes), ENSAE (National school of statistics and economic administration) and ENSAI (National school of statistics and information). Its purpose is to conduct research, carry out special studies and expertise projects, and to disseminate information. It is also charged with developing ways to access data, especially public statistics, which it does through the Centre for Secure Remote Access to Data which allows French and overseas researchers to securely access data produced by administrative units, including INSEE. GENES is represented on the board of PSE in the person of Catherine Gaudy, and a number of projects are currently jointly directed by PSE and GENES, notably through CREST (and the Institut des politiques publiques) and ENSAE (partner in the APE Masters).
> For more information on GENES, see: http://www.groupe-genes.fr/
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The National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) was created in 1945, primarily to study the national and international demographic conjuncture (of rates of marriage, birth, mortality and migration) and their trends and «applications» (including in social life, the economy, public health, human geography and history). Under the direction of Magda Tomasini, INED employs around 200 people, including 60 permanent researchers, 110 technicians and and engineeers, and around 20 doctoral students and associated researchers. A number of projects link the two institutions: work on the ZFUs (Special Urban Zones), on unemployment in the Ile-de-France region, the effects of the Very Fast Train service on urban growth, and the like.
> For more information in the INED, see: http://www.ined.fr/
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For more than 60 years, the Institute for Development Research (IRD) has engaged in research, expertise, development and training activities aimed at contributing to economic, social and cultural development around the world. This institute comprises 900 researchers, 1,000 engineers and technicians, and 350 local employees who participate directly in more than 50 countries of the global South – in the context of its numerous national, European and international programmes. Flore Gubert, chargée de recherche, represents the IRD on the PSE board. The IRD commitment is focused on the PPD programme. Furthermore, IRD and PSE work together directly on the ambitious project Afristory (a study of African economic history from 1850 to 2000).
> For more information about the IRD, see: http://www.ird.fr/


Conseil régional IDFLe Conseil Régional d’Ile de France was fully implicated in PSE creation on the Jourdan campus.