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Research at Sciences Po

Sciences Po is an institution of higher education and research in the humanities and social sciences.  Its work in law, economics, history, political science and sociology is pursued through ten research units and several crosscutting programmes.

Its research community includes over two hundred members and four hundred PhD students.  Recognized internationally, their work covers a wide range of topics including education, democracies, urban development, globalization and public health.  

One of Sciences Po’s key objectives is to make a significant contribution to methodological, epistemological and theoretical advances in the humanities and social sciences.  Sciences Po’s mission is also to share the results of its research with the international research community, students, and more broadly, society as a whole. 

Assessed by QS since 2007, Sciences Po is among the highest ranked nationally: 1st in Political Science and Sociology, 2nd in Law, 3rd in history and 4th in Economics. Internationally, Sciences Po improved its performance in Political Science and International Relations, moving up 3 places to become the 13th on this discipline and maintained its position in Sociology (36th).

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Matching Markets: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations

an ERC Starting Grant

Alfred Galichon, professor at the department of Economics at Sciences Po has been awarded an ERC – European Research Council – Starting Grant for his research project « EcoMatch » – Matching Markets: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations.

This project aims at taking matching models to the empirical data. Matching theory studies how to form optimal coalitions of economic agents based on their complementarities. This theory, which was recently distinguished by the award of the 2012 Nobel prize in Economics to Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, finds application in a number of fields such as labour economics, family economics, international trade, or consumer theory.
The present project aims at closing the gap between theory and ever more abundant and accessible empirical data. It seeks to understand how the structure of matching markets allows to identify complementarities between economic agents. Applications will be given to various questions such as the impact of fiscal policies on CEO compensation, on marital patterns, consequences of gender imbalance on rural depletion in China, or complementarities between junior and senior employees at the workplace.

A team of French and foreign scholars has been setup around this project : Raicho Bojilov (Ecole Polytechnique), Arnaud Dupuy (Reims Management School), Marc Henry (Université de Montréal), Bernard Salanié (Columbia University).

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