AMSE Summer School 2019 > Recent Advances in Search and Matching

AMSE - Aix-Marseille School of Economics

The AMSE Summer School provides students with the opportunity to learn from leading academics in their fields and engage with peers, while discovering the splendor of one of the most coveted summer destinations.


The first edition of the summer school runs from Tuesday 2nd July to Thursday 4th July 2019 in the brand-new building of the Aix-Marseille School of economics in Marseille.

•    Learn more about the academic programme of this year’s edition and the faculty
•    Discover the exciting programme of social events planned during your stay
•    Candidates’ profile, rules, application calendar… all in the How To Apply page
•    Our all-inclusive fees and reductions in the Fees and Payment page


Applications are open now and until June 7th! Deadline for early bird fees: April 15th.

Theme: Search and Matching


The 2019 AMSE Summer School covers recent theories and empirical approaches that economists have designed to study search and matching in labour, housing, online and other markets. Various forms of imperfections or “frictions” characterise most real-world transactions. In labour markets, frictions can explain unemployment and wage inequalities. In real estate, complexities in the matching of buyers and sellers can have important effects on housing prices. These are some of the key applications of search and matching models in economics. During the three days of the Summer School, students will get rigorous and in-depth exposure to the most recent theories and empirical methods in the field. Lectures will be given by leading experts in search and matching models: Jan Eeckhout (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University College London), Pieter Gautier (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Bruno Decreuse and Christian Schluter (Aix-Marseille University, Aix-Marseille School of Economics).

This year’s summer school should be of interest to graduate students or academics who want to expand their knowledge in this thriving area of research and to practitioners who want to familiarize themselves with the key issues affecting markets with frictions. Faculty is available to discuss research projects and ideas and to provide feedback throughout the three days of the Summer School.




DAY-1 Directed Search (taught by P.A. Gautier)


In this module, we will study the latest theories of “directed search”, with applications to the labour and housing market. In these models, the price plays a key role in ‘guiding’ the search for a trading partner. For example, in the labour market a higher posted wage attracts more applicants, and decreases the time a firm needs to fill its vacancy. Particular attention will be paid to how the meeting technology affects wages, market segmentation and sorting patterns. By the end of this module, students should be able to combine elements of directed search theory in order to shed light on key issues in labour, housing, financial and other markets.


DAY-2 Sorting in the labour market (taught by J. Eeckhout)


In this module, we will explore recent theories explaining the matching of workers and firms. Sorting of workers with different abilities with firms differing in their productivities can have important consequences for income inequality and aggregate productivity in an economy. By the end of this module, students should be familiar with the main models of sorting in labour markets and be able to assess their empirical validity.


DAY-3 Empirical models of search (taught by B. Decreuse and C. Schluter)


In this module, we will go through some of the most recent advances in the empirical analysis of search and matching models. The advantages and limitations of different structural and reduced-form approaches will be discussed in applications to U.S. and European local labour markets. We will assess the relevance of large micro databases and of the associated big data techniques. By the end of the module, students should be familiar with cutting-edge empirical methods to study search patterns and outcomes in labour, housing and other markets.




Each day, lectures are followed by students’ presentations of their own research or of a paper chosen from a reading list. Students are strongly encouraged to present their own work during the Summer School. This is a unique opportunity to have focused and valuable feedback from peers and from distinguished faculty. Candidates who do not intend to present their own work are asked to present a paper chosen from a reading list to be shared with registered students in due course.


Social events

  • Tues, July 2nd – Evening in Aix en Provence
    Walking guided tour and dinner. Discover the mansions, beauty of the architecture and monuments, anecdotes on streets and on the city. It will be a great and unique insight into the capital of the Provence.
  • Wed, July 3rd – Evening in Marseille
    Petanque competition under the plane of a provencal square. Cocktail and typical dinner with a breathtaking view of the wonderful harbor of Marseille.

Fees include

  • Three-night (check in Monday 1st July, check out Thursday 4th July) accommodation in a single en-suite bedroom with breakfast
  • Social activities for the nights of Tuesday 2nd (guided tour+dinner in Aix en Provence) and Wednesday 3rd (dinner in the old port district of Marseille)
  • Materials required for the course
  • Lunches and dinners on the first and second day, lunch in the third day
  • Refreshments for the coffee breaks during the three days

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