Economics serving society

Education Policy and Social Mobility Chair

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The Ardian Foundation – under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the DEPP - Department of Evaluation, Forecasting and Performance of the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, and Paris School of Economics have created a new research chair “Education Policy and Social Mobility”.

- Press release on the launch of the chair (PDF - 1,13 Mb)



Several activities are on the chair’s agenda:


Led by Luc Behaghel and Julien Grenet, the aim of this research chair is to identify the causes of inequalities in access to education, and to identify the policies and actions best suited to correct them. This is a key issue for all citizens, which concerns not only public decision makers but also civil society and philanthropic groups that devote much“ effort to supporting young people and their families.

An ambitious chair, interfacing research and action

The Ardian Foundation, the DEPP and the PSE intend to make this “Education Policy and Social Mobility” Research Chair a privileged space for fruitful interactions between research and practice. The objective is to improve the level of education of those segments of the population in most difficulty by identifying the most effective levers. Through original and rigorous work, the scientific teams hope to contribute to efficient and innovative education policies that take advantage of new technologies.

From early childhood to higher education, the researchers focus on allocation procedure related to school choice, social diversity, management of the teachers, evaluation of pedagogical methods, gender inequalities, tutoring policies and positive discrimination.

Chair’s holders

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  • Luc Behaghel: PSE Chaired Professor, Research Director at INRAE, Co-director of the J-PAL European initiative for social inclusion.
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Fellow Researchers

Thomas Breda, Professor at PSE, CNRS Research Fellow, Director of the IPP Employment Program
Gabrielle Fack, Associate Researcher at PSE, Professor at Université Paris Dauphine-PSL, Junior Member of the IUF
Manon Garrouste, Visiting Professor at PSE, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lille
Jérémie Gignoux, Professor at PSE, Research Fellow at INRAE
Marc Gurgand, PSE Chaired Professor, Senior researcher at CNRS, J-PAL Europe Scientific Director
Karen Macours, PSE Chaired Professor, Research Director at INRAE
Eric Maurin, PSE Chaired Professor, Director of Studies at EHESS , holder of the Labor Chair
Olivier Tercieux, PSE Chair Professor, CNRS Research Director
Liam Wren-Lewis, PSE Professor, INRAE Research Fellow

Steering Committee

To coordinate its work, the chair has set up a steering committee made up of the Chair’s holders, Luc Behaghel, Julien Grenet, Jean-Olivier Hairault, and the partners’ representatives: Carole Barnay (President of the Ardian Foundation), Hadia Kebe (Ardian Foundation), Raphaëlle Muhlmann-Eytan (Ardian Foundation), Thierry Rocher (DEPP), Fabienne Rosenwald (Director of the DEPP) and Amir Sharifi (Ardian Foundation).

PSE Partners

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The Ardian Foundation was created in 2010 by Ardian, a global leader in private investment, with the aim of encouraging social mobility through the education of children, students and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the Foundation manages an annual budget of three million euros, part of which is donated by Ardian personnel themselves. It also serves as a forum for Ardian employees to engage in charitable projects. Almost a third of Ardian employees are involved in its activities, not only as sponsors of young people but also as participants in the foundation’s events and training programmes, and through relationships with partner associations. The Ardian Foundation supports projects in eight countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

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The DEPP (Directorate of Evaluation, Forecasting and Performance of the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport) exercises its competencies in evaluation and performance measurement in the fields of education and training. It contributes to the evaluation of the policies conducted by the Ministry. The animation of educational research is part of its missions.

Education Policy and Social Mobility Chair’s communication referent: Samuel Chich