Paris School of Economics

The Paris School of Economics is a French research institute in the field of economics. It offers M.Phil., M.Sc., and Ph.D level programmes in various fields of theoretical and applied economics, including macroeconomics, econometrics, politcal economy and international economics.
PSE is a brainchild of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the École Normale Supérieure, the École des Ponts and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and it is physically located on the ENS campus of Jourdan in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. It was founded in 2006 as a coalition of universities and grandes écoles to unify high-level research in economics across French academia, and was first presided by economist Thomas Piketty. Since its foundation it has gained a certain amount of academic weight, and according to a ranking released by project RePEc in May 2020, it was ranked as the fifth-best university-level economics department in the world. Paris School of Economics' ranking has consistently risen since it was listed on the rankings on RePEc.


Created in December 2006, the Paris School of Economics has the status of fondation reconnue d’utilité publique. This status allows PSE to draw on both public and private funding.
PSE is one of the "Fondation de Coopération Scientifique", a new type of foundation created by the Government to develop centres of excellence in France. Scientific Research Foundations operate according to the same rules as Public interest foundations.
The foundation offers teaching through four Master programmes and a PhD programme.

Master's programs

Its contributory economics faculties, including the Ecole Normale Superieure, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE, are ranked between the top 13 among 53 departments worldwide by publication output of the top five scholars. According to the global economics departments ranking released in May 2020 by RePEc, Paris School of Economics was ranked at 5th worldwide, 1st in Europe.

International partnerships

The Paris School of Economics has exchange students programs with some universities such as New York University or the University of California, Berkeley. It is also member of many exchange networks :
The World Inequality Report 2018 compiled by Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chanel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman was released on December 14, 2017 at the Paris School of Economics during the first Conference held on December 14 and December 15, which was sponsored by the Paris School of Economics, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the Ford Foundation, and the European Research Council. World Wealth and Income Database, an open source database, which is part of an international collaborative effort of over a hundred researchers in five continents. The WID is an extension of the earlier World Top Incomes Database.