Economics serving society


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APE Master’s ambition and innovation

The purpose of the APE Master’s program is to provide high-quality research training in all the fields of theoretical and quantitative economics to selected students with a strong background in quantitative analysis and methods.

The program offers the most advanced treatment of fundamentals in economics and econometrics, and more advanced courses bring students to the forefront of current research in all fields of economics. The ultimate objective is the master dissertation that must provide an innovative and original contribution to the field and therefore constitutes a first research experience at the most demanding level.

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Master 1

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The M1 year aims to reinforce fundamental knowledge and basic methodological tools in microeconomics (a sequence of two courses, plus a course in games theory), econometrics (a sequence of three courses), macroeconomics (two courses, plus a course in international economics), and in economic history.

This year involves taking and passing ten obligatory courses, one of six elective courses in a specific field of economics, and a seminar in the social sciences, taken in another department of one of the partner establishments.

Before school starts you are strongly advised to go through the following textbooks:

> Microeconomics: Intermediate Microeconomics, H.Varian, Norton, 8th Edition (2010)
> Macroeconomics: Macroeconomics, O.J.Blanchard, Pearson, 7th Edition (2017)
>> Introductory Econometrics - A modern approach, J. Wooldridge, South-Western - Cengage Learning, 5th Edition (2012) (Chapters 1-4, 6, and 7 plus corresponding appendix)
>> Introduction to the theory of econometrics, J.Magnus (2017), VU Univ. Press (Chapters 1-2 + Appendix B1 and B3)

Master 2

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The aim of the second year (M2) is to lead students to their first experience of a successful research project. It is centred around a wide choice of advanced courses designed to allow students to acquire specialised knowledge in different domains of current economics research. In the first semester, they choose four core courses from among 22 courses of 36 hours, and in second semester, they select five from among a range of 33 18-hour courses.

At the same time, training in research processes takes place throughout the year. This consists in participation in a work-in-progress seminar, where students present their first steps in the development of their research projects. This is followed by the conduct of the research itself under the direction of a thesis supervisor, and the writing of a thesis of original work.

APE Master Committee

Admissions and Exit Committees:
Admission to the APE Master and the granting of your degree are the decisions of the pedagogical committee of the Master.

Student Representatives:
Each year, the students elect two representatives for each program year (i.e. two for M1 and two for M2). The elections are held in October.
The student representatives will have the opportunity to express their views on the teaching during two annual meetings with the director of teaching and when they are invited to the education council.
In addition, they participate in the development of teaching modules for the following year and in the examinations committee.

Pedagogical Committee:
The master’s pedagogical committee is charged with:

  • Ensuring continuity between Year 1 and Year 2;
  • Organizing course offerings;
  • Coordinating the supervision and support of Master students;
  • Establishing partnerships and exchanges.


Members of the Pedogogical Committee:

Administrative Office:
Roxana Ban
Paris School of Economics – Office R2-12
48, boulevard Jourdan - 75014 Paris - FRANCE
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