In focus: our PhD

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The academic year 2020/21 is winding down: it is a timely moment to celebrate our young doctors (read below) and our 1st year students who will be presenting their research for the first time June 11th.

But first, who are our PhD students ?

Interview with Sergeï GURIEV, Director of Doctoral studies in economics.

Sergeï Guriev

"Our students focus on topics of great importance to society, economics and politics..."


TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER...

Before coming to Sciences Po in 2013, I ran the New Economic School (NES), a small private university in Moscow which was established in 1992. I joined the NES as an assistant professor in 1998 and was appointed its director in 2004. The core programme of the NES was, and still is, a Master’s in economics which is in many respects similar to the Master’s in Economics at Sciences Po. While the NES has made a conscious decision not to create its own doctoral programme, we regularly sent many of our graduates to the leading PhD programmes in the US and Europe, so while working at NES I was always in close touch with doctoral programmes around the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS?

During my career I have done research in many fields of economics: I’ve worked on contract theory, development economics, labour economics, political economy, and economic history, and have written both theoretical and empirical papers. Today, I mostly work on the political economy of populism and on the political economy of modern non-democratic regimes.

YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR OF DOCTORAL STUDIES IN ECONOMICS. WHAT DO YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT SUPPORTING THE STUDIES OF MASTER’S AND PHD STUDENTS?

Sciences Po has the DNA of an institution that strives not just to understand, but also to transform the world. Most of our students focus on topics of great importance to society, economics and politics. This means that talking to our students about their research is always exciting. Furthermore, thanks to the rapid development of theoretical and empirical methodology and the growing availability of data, the quality and rigour of our students’ research are improving every year. This, however, is true of many other PhD programmes, so competition is tough. The good news is that our department has built a critical mass of faculty that can provide ideas and feedback to students in all fields of economics.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ARE THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A PHD?

It is important to choose the right topic – the research question that matters, that you are passionate about, and that can be addressed with available methodology and data. But good ideas alone are not enough. Success in a PhD programme requires hard work and persistence, and this is not easy. At the undergraduate, and even Master’s, levels, there is a structured process for coursework. At the PhD level, students work independently. It is crucial for PhD students to be proactive, and to seek advice and feedback from faculty, visitors, and fellow students. Finally, in addition to doing research well, success requires presentation and writing skills – for this, of course, they need to attend many seminars (fortunately we have excellent seminar series), and read a lot.

WHY ARE THERE SO FEW WOMEN IN ECONOMICS?

Economics does have a major gender problem – to a much greater extent than other disciplines, certainly more than other social sciences and even more than mathematics and natural sciences. The explanations are the same as in other male-dominated occupations: as economics has always been dominated by men, its practices (including those for selection and promotion) and social norms have been shaped to suit men and essentially discriminate against women. One of our researchers, Ghazala Azmat, permanent faculty member at the Department, explains this in an article in an issue of the research magazine Cogito Gender Inequalities in Higher Education. The good news is that this problem is finally recognised by the profession and all economics departments around the world (including Sciences Po), and they now want to change the status quo. At the Sciences Po Economics Department, we are also strongly committed to increasing the number of female students and faculty. Some progress has been made in terms of hiring female faculty. When I arrived at Sciences Po in 2013, we had only two tenure-track faculty, and zero tenured female faculty. Today, we have four tenure-track and three tenured female faculty. This is, of course, still a small minority; we still have the responsibility to do better.

More information:

*original interview published by Sciences Po's Doctoral School (read article)

PhD Day - June 11th

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The Department is dedicating June 11th to our PhD students on Zoom COVID-19 obliged. Our first year students will have the opportunity to present their work for the first time to their peers and faculty members.

First time presentations can be daunting - save the date and come join us to warmly support our first year PhD Candidates!

  • 10.15–10.45 Leonard LE ROUX : Traditional leaders and local government in South Africa (thesis supervisor: Benjamin Marx
  • 10.45–11.15 Kevin PARRA RAMIREZ : Exchange of information and bank deposits in international financial centres (thesis supervisor: Philippe Martin
  • 11.15–11.30 Break 
  • 11.30–12.00 Nourhan HASHISH : The Egyptian Public Sector Minimum Wage: A Driver for Married Females Labor Force Participation? (thesis supervisor: Sergeï Guriev
  • 12.00–12.30 Mylene FEUILLADE : Within- and Between-City Real Income Disparities (thesis supervisor: Pierre-Philippe Combes)
  • 12.30–13.45 Lunch Break 
  • 13.45–14.15 Juan Sebastian IVARS : Team performance and market competition (thesis supervisor: Jeanne Hagenbach
  • 14.15–14.45 Moritz HENGEL : Hosting Media Bias: Evidence from the Universe of French Television and Radio shows (2002-2020) (thesis supervisor: Julia Cagé
  • 14.45–15.00 Break 
  • 15.00–15.30 Valentin MARCHAL : Is a low-inflation target compatible with degrowth? (thesis supervisor: Stéphane Guibaud
  • 15.30–16.00 Clemens GRAF VON LUECKNER : Decrypting Hidden Capital Flows (thesis supervisor: Stéphane Guibaud)

When ? Friday, JUNE 11th, 2019 - 10:15 AM to 4 PM
Where ? Join on zoom (link to follow)

Congratulations to our 2020/21 international job market candidates

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Our PhD programme trains top economists who seek to pursue university and academic careers in France or abroad, as well as careers requiring high-level doctoral training: in international organisations, think tanks, research institutions, government agencies, banks, and insurance companies.

Despite an international job market plagued (no pun intended) for the second consecutive year by COVID-19, our candidates have fared remarkably well in securing positions in top-knotch universities.

Camille URVOY

Camille Urvoy

Camille Urvoy will be joining the University of Mannheim as an Assistant Professor in September 2021. 

Currently a Teaching Fellow at the Department as well as affiliated to the LIEPP, she will be defending her PhD thesis entitled Political Profit from Nonprofits: Evidence from Governmental Transfers(supervised by Sergei GURIEV) in July.

Her research interests are in political economy and public economics. She would like to understand how interests are represented in democratic systems and how that affects people attitudes, preferences and public policies.

More about Camille URVOY and her research

 

 Aseem PATEL

Aseem Patel

Aseem PATEL will be joining the University of Essex as a Lecturer August 1st, 2021.

Currently serving as a Research Assistant for the ANR project 'Occupation Mobility and Wage Dynamics within and between Firms' (OMWD), he will be defending his PhD thesis entitled Employment Protection Legislation, Unemployment and Demographics (supervised by Jean-Marc ROBIN) in July.

His research interests lie in macroeconomics, labour economics and applied econometrics.

More about Aseem PATEL and his research

 

You may want to read about last year's placements too! (link)

Consult all of our previous placements 
Learn more about our graduate and PhD programmes 
Sciences Po's Research School (link)

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Paris Trade Seminar on zoom - June 23rd

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Tibor Besedes

Tibor BESEDES is Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Programs at Georgia Tech's School of Economics.

His research interests include international trade and experimental/behavioural economics. His research in international trade focuses on the dynamics and stability of trading relationships between countries and factors determining duration of trade. His research in experimental and behavioural economics has focused on understanding how individuals make decisions in multi-attribute environments similar to decisions involving health insurance or drug coverage plans. Much of his experimental/behavioural economics research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation

Tibor BESEDES will present a paper, joint with Jing CHU and Antu PANINI MURSHID, at the next Paris Trade Seminar via zoom on the theme:

Unfriendly Skies: The Impact of Increases in Distance on Bilateral Trade 

When ? June 23rd - 2:30 PM
Where ? Join zoom meeting

More about Tibor BESEDES and his research

Congratulations to our 2019/20 international job market candidates

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2019/20 was yet another excellent year for the department's junior researchers

Our PhD programme trains top economists who seek to pursue university and academic careers in France or abroad, as well as careers requiring high-level doctoral training: in international organisations, think tanks, research institutions, government agencies, banks, and insurance companies.

In 2019-20 our young doctors have been remarkably successful in securing positions in universities and other institutions across Europe and the US - despite the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic!

Florin CUCU

Florin Cucu

 

Florin CUCU will be joining the Université Libre de Bruxelles as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2020.

Florin CUCU defended his PhD thesis entitled "Essay on Economic Geography, Migration and Transport Infrastructure" (supervised by Thierry MAYER) this past June. 

Research interests: International Trade, Economic Geography, Political Economy 

More about Florin CUCU and his research

Nicolò DALVIT

Nicolò DALVIT

 

Nicolò DALVIT will be joining the World Bank as an Economist as of September 2020.

Nicolò DALVIT will be defending his PhD thesis in July entitled "Essays on Firms, Aggregate Uncertainty, and the Labor Market" (supervised by Jean-Marc ROBIN).

Research interests: Firm Dynamics, Labour Economics, Macroeconomics.

More about Nicolò DALVIT and his research

Charles LOUIS-SIDOIS

Charles Louis-Sidois

 

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Universität of Mannheim, Charles LOUIS-SIDOIS will be joining the permanent faculty of the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) as Assistant Professor as of June 2020.

Charles LOUIS-SIDOIS was awarded a PhD in Economics in 2018 for his thesis "Trois essais en économie politique" (supervised by Emeric HENRY).

Research interests: Political Economy, Media Economics

More about Charles LOUIS-SIDOIS and his research

Ludovic PANON

Ludovic Panon

Ludovic PANON will be joining the Bank of Italy as of September 2020 as a Research Fellow. The position will evolve in 2021 when he will become an Economist at the Directorate General for Economics, Statistics and Research.

Ludovic PANON will be defending his PhD thesis later this month, entitled "Essays in International Trade and Industrial Organization" (supervised by Thomas CHANEY).

Research interests: International Economics, Industrial Organisation. He is focusing in particular on understanding the impact of market structure distortions on prices and firm dynamics and understanding how trade policies shape competition.

More about Ludovic PANON and his research

Julien PASCAL

Julien Pascal

 

Julien PASCAL will be joining the Banque centrale de Luxembourg as an Economist as of September 2020.

Julien PASCAL will be defending his PhD thesis later this month entitled "Essays of Frictional Markets and Heterogeneity" (supervised by Jean-Marc ROBIN).

Research interests: Labour Economics, Macroeconomics, Urban Economics

More about Julien PASCAL and his research

 

Quentin VANDEWEYER

Quentin Vandeweyer

 

Currently an Economist (Graduate Programme) at the European Central Bank, Quentin VANDEWEYER will be joining the permanent faculty of the University of Chicago at the Booth Business School as an Assistant Professor of Finance.

Quentin VANDEWEYER was awarded a PhD in EConomics in 2019 for his thesis "Essays in Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory on the Consequences of Financial Crises" (supervised by Etienne WASMER).

Research interests: Macro-Finance, Asset Pricing, Monetary Economics.

More about Quentin VANDEWEYER and his research

 

You may want to read about last year's placements too! (link)

Consult all of our previous placements 
Learn more about our graduate and PhD programmes 
Sciences Po's Doctoral School (link)

 

Interview with Sergeï GURIEV, Director of our PhD programme

"Our students focus on topics of great importance to society, economics and politics..."
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*original interview published by Sciences Po's Doctoral School (read article)

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics?
A key discipline taught at the college level, Economics is also one of the pillars of research at Sciences Po. Sergei Guriev, permanent faculty member and the Director of studies in Economics at the Doctoral School, offers some advice and answers.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER...

Before coming to Sciences Po in 2013, I ran the New Economic School (NES), a small private university in Moscow which was established in 1992. I joined the NES as an assistant professor in 1998 and was appointed its director in 2004. The core programme of the NES was, and still is, a Master’s in economics which is in many respects similar to the Master’s in Economics at Sciences Po. While the NES has made a conscious decision not to create its own doctoral programme, we regularly sent many of our graduates to the leading PhD programmes in the US and Europe, so while working at NES I was always in close touch with doctoral programmes around the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS?

During my career I have done research in many fields of economics: I’ve worked on contract theory, development economics, labour economics, political economy, and economic history, and have written both theoretical and empirical papers. Today, I mostly work on the political economy of populism and on the political economy of modern non-democratic regimes.

YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR OF DOCTORAL STUDIES IN ECONOMICS. WHAT DO YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT SUPPORTING THE STUDIES OF MASTER’S AND PHD STUDENTS?

Sciences Po has the DNA of an institution that strives not just to understand, but also to transform the world. Most of our students focus on topics of great importance to society, economics and politics. This means that talking to our students about their research is always exciting. Furthermore, thanks to the rapid development of theoretical and empirical methodology and the growing availability of data, the quality and rigour of our students’ research are improving every year. This, however, is true of many other PhD programmes, so competition is tough. The good news is that our department has built a critical mass of faculty that can provide ideas and feedback to students in all fields of economics.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ARE THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A PHD?

It is important to choose the right topic – the research question that matters, that you are passionate about, and that can be addressed with available methodology and data. But good ideas alone are not enough. Success in a PhD programme requires hard work and persistence, and this is not easy. At the undergraduate, and even Master’s, levels, there is a structured process for coursework. At the PhD level, students work independently. It is crucial for PhD students to be proactive, and to seek advice and feedback from faculty, visitors, and fellow students. Finally, in addition to doing research well, success requires presentation and writing skills – for this, of course, they need to attend many seminars (fortunately we have excellent seminar series), and read a lot.

WHY ARE THERE SO FEW WOMEN IN ECONOMICS?

Economics does have a major gender problem – to a much greater extent than other disciplines, certainly more than other social sciences and even more than mathematics and natural sciences. The explanations are the same as in other male-dominated occupations: as economics has always been dominated by men, its practices (including those for selection and promotion) and social norms have been shaped to suit men and essentially discriminate against women. One of our researchers, Ghazala Azmat, permanent faculty member at the Department, explains this in an article in the latest issue of the research magazine Cogito: Gender Inequalities in Higher Education. The good news is that this problem is finally recognised by the profession and all economics departments around the world (including Sciences Po), and they now want to change the status quo. At the Sciences Po Economics Department, we are also strongly committed to increasing the number of female students and faculty. Some progress has been made in terms of hiring female faculty. When I arrived at Sciences Po in 2013, we had only two tenure-track faculty, and zero tenured female faculty. Today, we have six tenure-track and two tenured female faculty. This is, of course, still a small minority; we still have the responsibility to do better.

MORE INFORMATION :

=> On Sergei Guriev

=> On the Master in Economics

=> On the Doctorate in Economics

Departmental Seminar - June 15th

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Milo Bianchi

Milo BIANCHI is Professor of Econmics at Université Toulouse 1 and at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). He is also the Director of the Master in Financial Markets and Risk Evaluation, a Member of the TSE Partnership Research and a Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

His research interests include topics Financial Economics, Behavioural Economics and Corporate Finance.

Milo BIANCHI will present a paper at the next Departmental Seminar via zoom (linkon the theme:

Return Predictability, Expectations, and Investment: Experimental Evidence (paper forthcoming)

More about Milo BIANCHI and his research




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