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PSE Summer School

The Paris School of Economics Summer School offers research-oriented teaching by leading experts in their fields. Since 2016, it has brought together in Paris over 630 participants, representing 68 nationalities, from all over the world.

The PSE Summer School is aimed at professionals, researchers, and graduate students (Masters and PhD) notably in Economics, in Social Sciences and in Finance. Undergraduate students in Economics will be considered if their profile is exceptionally strong.

The 5th edition will take place from June 15 to June 26, 2020. Information regarding this next edition will be online mid-December.

3 minutes to discover our Summer School (2019) in video


Conducted entirely in English, the 2020 PSE Summer School offers several one-week programs from June 15 to June 26, 2020. Each program comprises a full-time mix of lectures, tutorials and workshops, taught by PSE professors and other invited leading scholars.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via summer-school psemail.eu

This list and the related pages present the 2019 programmes. Information regarding the 2020 edition will be online mid-December.

CLIMATE CHANGE - Impacts, adaptation and political constraints

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Climate change impacts on the economy (on agriculture, income, migration) and appropriate regulation of « the greatest externality the world has ever seen », as the Stern Review puts it, are increasingly at the center of the policy and scientific debate. This PSE summer school program aims at teaching participants the cutting-edge research on the topic and to familiarize them with the relevant methods to analyze the issue (econometric analysis, dynamic modelling).

  • Instructors: Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline, Katrin Millock, Hélène Ollivier, Wolfram Schlenker and Katheline Schubert

MACROECONOMICS Analysis and Policy

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This program tackles topics at the frontier of policy-relevant research: monetary and fiscal policy; heterogeneous households, inequality and redistribution; financial crises; bubbles; labor markets and unemployment; and international linkages.

  • Instructors: Florin Bilbiie, Jean-Olivier Hairault, Jean Imbs, Romain Rancière and Gilles Saint-Paul. Kjetil Storesletten will also give a special lecture on China’s Economic Transformation (Thursday).

MICROECONOMETRICS and Policy Evaluation

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The Microeconometrics and Policy Evaluation programme presents recent developments in the microeconomic analysis of impact evaluation, with courses taught by experts in their fields. Providing a credible estimation of a causal effect has become a standard in economic analysis, both in research papers and policy reports. But it is also equally important to integrate the estimated effects into economic models, in order to improve the design of policies. The programme therefore proposes a comprehensive approach of policy analysis.

  • Instructors: Luc Behaghel, Margherita Comola, David Margolis and Liam Wren Lewis

BOUNDED RATIONALITY AND BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS - Advances in behavioral game theory and decision theory

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Standard economics has been the subject of many critiques. Mainstream economic models and analysis rely on a level of sophistication that is hard to justify from an introspective viewpoint but also considering the large body of experimental evidence. Recent years have witnessed a flurry of alternative approaches. The programme proposes reviewing a large body of these approaches, with the goal of stimulating new research both theoretical and applied.

  • Instructors: Olivier Compte, Philippe Jehiel and Jean-Marc Tallon

DEVELOPMENT - Inequality, social interactions, and institutional dynamics

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Institutions and social frictions - associated with inequalities, political conflicts, corruption, and cultural polarization - have emerged as central themes in development economics. This course takes stock of existing research and moves on to draw the outline of the current research frontier.

  • Instructors: François Bourguignon, Denis Cogneau, Oliver Vanden Eynde, Thierry Verdier and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS - Empirical tools and methods to investigate economic behavior

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The objective of this program is to offer a crash course in experimental methods and techniques aimed at understanding economic behavior: how to design, implement and analyze an experiment so to answer a research question. The Professors will discuss the following topics: general methodology (theory, validity, lab and field, replication, and purposes), tools (incentives, risk and time, design and instructions, software, physiological measures, experimetrics,etc.) and applications (case study and participants’ projects).

  • Instructors: Béatrice Boulu-Reshef, Fabrice Etilé, Nicolas Jacquemet, Olivier L’Haridon and Angelo Secchi

MIGRATION ECONOMICS - Development impacts of migration and challenges in global labor markets

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Migration is a major aspect of globalization and is increasingly at the centre of the public and policy debate. This program aims to analyze topics such as the effects of migration on other dimensions of globalization (trade, FDI, technology diffusion, socio-cultural norms), poverty, inequality, and natives’ labor market outcomes. It also investigates the barriers to immigrants’ assimilation. The program combines the analysis of the main theoretical models in the migration literature with the most recent and rigorous empirical evidence.

  • Instructors: Hippolyte d’Albis, David McKenzie, Hillel Rapoport and Biagio Speciale

TRADE - Globalization, firms and trade policies

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This programme addresses recent debates at the frontier of the field: globalization, the distributive effects of trade, the role of large firms in the global economy, advances in methods to analyze firm level export data and finally the revival of trade policies.

  • Instructors: Anne-Célia Disdier, Carsten Eckel, Mathieu Parenti and Ariell Reshef