The Department has a new head !
- Émeric Henry
We are very grateful for the outstanding stewardship of Thierry Mayer over the past five years which allowed us to greatly expand - in the number of faculty members, in our areas of specialisation, and we now have the highest concentration of ERC projects/researcher in Europe!
We look forward to continuing this adventure with our new guiding force: Emeric Henry!
Professor at the Department since 2009, Émeric Henry is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). From 2013 to 2019, he was the director of the Master's degree and Doctorate in Economics at Sciences Po.
A Microeconomics and Digital Economy Specialist
He holds a Master's degree in Statistics and Economics from ENSAE and a Master's degree from Stanford University, where equally defended his PhD in Economics. Before joining Sciences Po in 2009, Emeric Henry was Assistant Professor at the London Business School (LBS).
A renowned microeconomist, Emeric Henry uses economic theory, experimental and empirical methods to conduct his research. His areas of research include the economics of innovation, the digital economy and political economy. He publishes in leading international journals in economics and other fields, including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Plos One, Management Science, etc.
In 2009, he was awarded the Chaire d'Excellence Junior (Junior Excellence Chair) by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and several other ANR grants. Emeric Henry was awarded the Deutsche Bahn Prize jointly with Yann Algan, also a researcher at the Department of Economics.
A Department with an Ambitious Teaching and Research Strategy
The Department of Economics was launched in 2009, when Sciences Po decided to create a new dynamic in economic research led by its permanent faculty, to "re-fundamentalise" the teaching of economics and to raise the international recognition of its research centres.
Although the Department initially developed around a focused core of topics – i.e. political economy, international economics, labour economics and econometrics, these topics have broadened to now include a strong group of theoretical economists, a team of researchers specialised in development economics, and expanded vastly its expertise in macroeconomics, and industrial organisation.
In 2016 - only seven years after its creation - the Department was accredited by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), when it became an Unité Mixte de Recherche (mixed research unit). The evaluation of the Department of Economics in 2018 by the national evaluation agency (HCERES) highlights the fact that its ambitious policy has allowed the Department to climb "to the top of the world hierarchy".
The Department's researchers have brought home a total of 19 coveted European Research Council (ERC) grants as well as substantial national funding by the French National Research Agency (ANR), among many others. It was one of the institutional partners for the teaching of economic history in the shape of a 3-year Marie Curie "International Training Network" programme (MACROHIST).
The Department attracts a large array of long-term visitors from the most prestigious North-American and European universities. And in recent years, the Department has been honoured to host high-end events, as the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics' Annual World Conference in 2016 or the Restud Tour in 2019. Last year the Department was asked to organise and host the French Association de science économique (AFSE)'s 2023 Annual Congress.
Its students are placing remarkably well: the top graduates from the Master's programme who subsequently pursued a PhD were admitted to the most prominent PhD programmes (Berkeley, Yale, Duke, Northwestern, as well as Sciences Po) and our young doctors have been recruited by top universities around the world (UCLA, UCL, Oxford, Bocconi, University of Bonn, University of Amsterdam, Leuven, ENS Paris, HEC Paris, Carlos III, INSEAD, ...) as well as research institutions and international organisations.