Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Created on the 21st of December 2006, the Paris School of Economics is a French research institute of international standing in Economics, at the forefront in many different Economic domains and proposes selective teaching programs from M1 to PhD. The School is engaged in a novel project to participate in both the elaboration of sophisticated tools of economic analysis, and their application to policy at both the public and private level. The PSE Foundation is one of the first 13 “Fondations de CoopérationScientifiques” (Scientific Research Foundations) funded by the Government. The foundation currently includes more than 150 faculty and staff members and 400 Masters/PhD students. The Paris School of Economics relies on an innovative governance structure. It aims to develop new kinds of partnerships between academic institutions and private donors. PSE wins Grand Emprunt 2011, a highly selective competition among Universities for public financing of high-standing research (project OSE – opening economics), in association with the CEPII, the French Institute for Demographic Studies, CEPREMAP and the Poverty Action Lab.

Team leader

Lionel Fontagné is Professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and Part-Time professor at the European University Institute (Florence). He is also a consultant for the Banque de France (SEC2E), a scientific advisor to CEPII, and an advisor to the International Trade Center (UNCTAD-WTO, Geneva). He has been the Director of the Centre d’Etudes Prospectiveset d’Informations Internationales (CEPII, Paris) from 2000 to 2006 and a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique (Council of Economic Analysis to the French Prime Minister) from 2001 to 2010. He has written numerous studies on international trade and integration issues. He has been awarded for his contribution to the debate on the shocks in monetary unions, for his works in the fields of global databases for modelers and for his contribution to the understanding of the economic impact of the competition of emerging countries.


Agnès Bénassy-Quéré is the Director of the CEPII. She is also a Research associate at Paris School of Economics and a Professor at University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She is a member of the Conseil d’Analyze Economique and of the Commission Economique de la Nation. After defending her PhD in economics at University Paris IX – Dauphine, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré was appointed at the French Ministry of economy and finance (1991-1992). Then she became a lecturer at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (1992-1996), a professor at the University of Lille 2 (1997-1998), and a professor at University Paris-Ouest Nanterre (2000-2004). From 2003 to 2011 she also was an associate professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and from 1998 to 2006 she was a deputy-director at CEPII.

Farid Toubal is a Doctor in Economics, University of Kiel. Farid Toubal is Professor of Economics at the University of Angers and research associate at Paris School of Economics. He is also scientific advisor at CEPII. He was awarded for the best doctoral thesis in economics, 2004 by the University of Kiel and has got the Licos prize at the ETSG in 2008. His research mainly focuses on multinational activities, international trade and migration. He supervises the French node of the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and CEPR: “Global Investment and Services Trade”.

Matthieu Crozet is Professor of Economics at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and associate professor at the Paris School of Economics. He his scientific advisor at CEPII in charge of the International Trade Analysis research program. His research addresses issues related to International Trade, Economic Geography and Foreign Direct Investment, with a focus on empirical works relying on large databases.