PSE’s scholarly work is organised around eight thematic research groups, which structure the Joint Research Unit (PjSE), hosted by the Foundation. These thematic groups structure PSE academic activity, including seminars, visiting scholar schemes and conferences.
The research groups also develop collaborative projects of specified duration with external researchers who are open to new multidisciplinary and international relationships. Some collaborative projects become permanent research labs like the WIL-World Inequality Lab, the Center for Economic and Social History François Simiand, J-PAL Europe - The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the LEEP-Experimental Economics and the European Tax Observatory in which PSE plays a key role along with other institutions.
PSE supports thematic and methodological research initiatives that aim to use internal and external strengths to push the frontiers of knowledge, in radical and innovative ways, in fields that rank high on the Foundation’s research agenda. Hence, in the face of the climate emergency, the PSE Environment Initiative, offers proposals to create the basis for a new model of sustainable growth in both production and consumption, and to create a transition that is socially acceptable and economically viable.
The Paris School of Economics also plays a particularly active role in the production and dissemination of data, notably through the creation and/or support of various open data projects.