Summer School 2023 - Paris School of Economics

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Since its inception in 2016, the PSE Summer School has attracted annually hundreds of participants hailing from all over the world (over 70 nationalities). This year all programs are open to both on site and online participants, with special accommodations to ensure the fruitfulness of this hybrid format (see below).

Conducted entirely in English, the PSE Summer School offers 11 five-day programs taking place within a single work-week. Each program comprises a full-time mix of lectures, tutorials and workshops, taught by PSE professors and other invited leading scholars, equivalent to 3 ECTS credits, which PSE validates.

The 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.


Two modes of participation are offered :

  • In person, taking into account the highest sanitary measures to protect the participants and professors. On site, our Parisian campus offers teaching and logistics space : classrooms, teaching theater, garden, coffee and lunch breaks facilities...
  • Online, proposing interactive lectures in real time and, beyond, online office hours with professors to facilitate interactions. PSE offers technologies and process that will ensure high quality communication for online participants, both with professors and with other participants.
  • For all the participants, full sets of lecture notes and presentations will be made available, as well as the recordings of the courses

Programs available:

BOUNDED RATIONALITY IN DECISIONS AND GAMES - Heuristics, Coarse reasoning, and other biases

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This PSE summer school presents topics in behavioural game theory, bounded rationality and decision theory. It is motivated by the desire to move beyond the standard paradigm with rational expectations and expected utility theory, and present the implications of this for the understanding of economic phenomena sometimes viewed as paradoxical in the standard paradigm.

  • Professors: Philippe Jehiel, Olivier Compte, Evan Friedman, Jean-Marc Tallon
  • From June 19 to June 23, 2023

CLIMATE CHANGE - Impacts, adaptation and political constraints

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The PSE summer school on Climate Change introduces participants to cutting-edge research on the topic and familiarizes them with state-of-the-art methods to analyze the issue. The objective of the course is to equip the participants with the background and tools that are needed to contribute to this dynamic field in terms of research and policy design and evaluation.

  • Professors: Katrin Millock, Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline, Olivier Deschênes, François Libois, Hélène Ollivier
  • From June 12 to June 16, 2023

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS IN THE FIELD - Surveys, Measurement, and Experiments

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The program aims at providing an overview of the challenges that researchers face when they do field work in the “Global South”. These challenges range from methodological questions about research design to ethical considerations. While these issues are central to the research carried out by development economists, they are rarely covered in traditional courses. Our program builds on the wide-ranging experience of PSE researchers doing field work. We will present practical and methodological tools that researchers can use to overcome those challenges.

  • Professors: Sylvie Lambert, Denis Cogneau, Karen Macours, Suanna Oh, Olivier Vanden Eynde
  • From June 26 to June 30, 2023

THE ECONOMICS OF GENDER - Biases, Stereotypes, Violence, and Policies

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This program aims at providing participants with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the burgeoning literature on the economics of gender. Gender inequality in paid and unpaid work has diminished over time in most countries, thanks to the increasing participation of women in the labour market, the educational achievements of women, their increased representation in the political arena and elsewhere, which has been made possible also by the passing of laws of equality of opportunity by gender, the progress made in health and home technology, and so forth. Nonetheless, gender gaps persist in wages, promotion, career perspectives and recognition by peers, which are, at least in part, driven by explicit and implicit gender biases, and by deeply rooted cultural norms and stereotypes. Which policies can help reduce these persistent gaps? For example, how effective are gender quotas in achieving gender equality? Beyond the lectures, participants will have an opportunity to present their own research papers in this area.

  • Professors: Elena Stancanelli, Thomas Breda, Libertad González, Nagore Iriberri, Claudia Senik
  • From June 19 to June 23, 2023

EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS - Empirical tools and methods to investigate economic behavior

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The objective of the Experimental Economics program is to offer young scholars a crash course in empirical methods aimed at understanding economic behavior: how to design, implement and analyze an experiment so to answer a research question. The summer school is methodological in nature, although typical results from behavioral economics will be introduced as examples and illustrations on how protocols are designed to overcome observation/measurement/identification issues. Participants will be trained in the aim of being able to soundly rely on experiments in their future research projects.

The program is divided in four parts: a series of general lectures on experimental methodology, a series of specialized classes on specific methodological topics and workshop sessions where participants present, discuss and refine their experimental projects, with feedback from the school’s speakers.

  • Professors: Fabrice Le Lec, Béatrice Boulu-Reshef, Fabrice Etilé, Nicolas Jacquemet, Olivier L’Haridon, Maël Lebreton, Angelo Secchi
  • From June 26 to June 30, 2023

INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION - Applied platform economics

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This program introduces participants to the key concepts at the frontier of applied platform economics. It covers two-sided markets, where two groups interact through an intermediary, or platforms, that captures the value of externalities between the groups. Two-sided markets and networks can be found in many industries, including search engines or communication networks such as the media and the internet. We will focus on these industries, and propose a discussion on important issues that are currently debated in the economic literature and policy circles: Platforms and Data, Media Platforms and Advertising, Social Media Platforms, and Search and Platform Design.

  • Professors: Philippe Gagnepain, Francis Bloch, Régis Renault, Nikhil Vellodi
  • From June 26 to June 30, 2023

INEQUALITY AND INSTITUTIONS - Economic, social, and political frictions

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The program approaches these questions by drawing on formal theory and rigorous empirical research in two core modules: “Inequality and development” and “Models of Cultural Dynamics and Social Identity”. In addition, three shorter modules develop empirical applications of the core course themes. These modules cover the role of political cleavages, civil conflict, corruption, and media in economic development. The objective of the program is to equip you with the background and tools you need as a researcher to contribute to this dynamic field.

  • Professors : Olivier Vanden Eynde, François Bourguignon, Clara Martinez-Toledano, Thierry Verdier, Ekatarina Zhuravskaya
  • From June 19 to June 23, 2023

INTERNATIONAL TRADE - Firms, policies and distributional outcomes

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This PSE summer school addresses recent debates at the frontier of the field: the role of large firms and global value chains in the world economy, advances in methods to analyze firm level export data, the distributive effects of trade, and finally the revival of trade policies. The program aims to offer a comprehensive review of very recent developments in both theory and empirics of international trade, focusing on global value chains and the role of large firms in the world economy, global leakages and the distributive effects of globalization.

  • Professors: Anne-Celia Disdier, Pol Antràs, Mathieu Parenti, Sandra Poncet, Ariell Reshef
  • From June 26 to June 30, 2023

MACROECONOMICS - Understanding macroeconomic fluctuations

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The Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy module is made of courses dealing with topics at the frontier of policy‐relevant research: monetary and fiscal policy; heterogeneous households, inequality and redistribution (“HANK” models); financial crises; bubbles; labor markets and unemployment; and international linkages. The courses are taught by leading research and teaching figures in their respective fields. Emphasis is put on introducing tools and developing intuition. All courses review core, standard models useful for understanding crises and recessions, and the role of policy therein. Each course contains at least one part that deals with recent research at the frontier.

  • Professors: Gilles Saint-Paul, Axelle Ferrière, Jean-Olivier Hairault, Francesco Pappada
  • From June 19 to June 23, 2023

MICROECONOMETRICS AND POLICY EVALUATION - Modern Estimation Methods and Machine Learning

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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.

  • Professors: Margherita Comola, Philippe Ketz, David Margolis, Liam Wren-Lewis
  • From June 12 to June 16, 2023

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