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 Scientifiques” (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 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 Scientific Council consists of internationally-recognised researchers, external to PSE, of whom at least 50% work abroad. Its members receive no payment for their positions. The Scientific Council evaluates the quality of both current and proposed teaching and research programmes.
PSE executive direction is formed by the director, Jean-Olivier Hairault (since January 2019), the general secretary, Marie Philipon, and the scientific director, Jean-Marc Tallon.