Economics can be a force for good in the world
In 1979 Jean-Jacques Laffont, world-class economist, returned to his hometown Toulouse from the USA. Visionary and entrepreneurial as he was, his dream was to combine the best of his different worlds to create a new model in France: an internationally renowned school of economics within a public university.
As Jean-Jacques used to say, “Toulouse, c’est mon Amérique à moi”. And so he gathered around him a strong group of like-minded colleagues committed to academic excellence, all determined for economics to have a real impact on society and everyday lives.
These so-called “économistes de Toulouse” steadily laid the foundations for what, 30 years later, has become Toulouse School of Economics, a thriving world-renowned center for research in economics chaired by Nobel laureate Jean Tirole.
TSE strives to:
- provide solutions to today’s key economic and social issues
- promote excellence in research & higher education
- encourage pioneering interdisciplinary research
- connect research to policy, in France, Europe and worldwide
- implement highest international standards in its own governance
A world-class research center in economics, connected to policy
The award of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Jean Tirole in 2014 came as a great recognition for TSE’s achievements in its relatively short lifetime. Many other accomplishments make us proud, including a record-breaking number of European Research Council grants, top publications, high rankings and impactful recruitments.
TSE has always fostered an academic environment that nurtures a diverse range of international talent and expertise. We pride ourselves on attracting the best and the brightest to Toulouse from leading US and European institutions.
While TSE’s unique atmosphere is hard to define, there is a palpable sense of a “TSE- style economics”. Based on a broad range of academic interests and a deep sense of curiosity, open mindedness and an engrained culture of collaborative work, our approach is coupled with an appetite for tackling real-world problems and generating deployable policy solutions.
World-class education in economics
Our competitive international higher education programs within the University of Toulouse pioneer a novel approach to higher education in France.
While the core focus is economics, our courses taught by internationally renowned faculty are multidisciplinary and concentrate on the role that data and quantitative techniques play in decision-making in firms, institutions or states.
Mathematical modelling helps develop rigorous reasoning in complex situations and statistical and quantitative methods help to assess the impact of strategy changes and policy reforms.
A wide network of partners and a professional careers service guarantee high-level international job opportunities for our graduates.
In sum, our research-oriented courses train our students to master and adapt recent theories and techniques to solve the real-world challenges of their future employers.
Connecting our research to the real-world stakes of companies and institutions
Right from the start, making sure our economics have a real impact on society and everyday lives has been one of our main goals. Our close collaborations with industry and policy over the past forty years have helped us become one of the world's top research centers in economics. Similarly, our long-term partners have benefited over the years from the specialized economic analyzes of our fcaulty. These exchanges are crucial so that theToulouse economics may test and refine their theories through real-world issues encountered by economic actors. Jean Tirole's work on regulation, rewarded in 2014 by the Nobel committee, is a significant example of the result of this tradition of partnership research.
1981 - Creation of GREMAQ (research laboratory in mathematical economics) by Jean-Jacques Laffont
1990 - Creation of the IDEI (Industrial Economics Institute)
1995 - The CNRS becomes a GREMAQ partner (joining UT1)
1996 - Inauguration of the “Manufacture des Tabacs” campus
2006 - Creation of Toulouse School of Economics
2007 - Creation of the Jean-Jacques Laffont-TSE Foundation
2009 - International architectural contest for the new TSE building
2011 - Launch of the TSE education branch
Creation of the IAST (Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse)
2012 - TSE is awarded the certificate of ‘laboratory of excellence’
Launch of the “Cercle du Bazacle”, TSE partners club
2013 - 20th EAERE annual Congress hosted by TSE
Launch of the TSE Mag
2014 - Nobel Prize awarded to Jean Tirole
Launch of the TSE Debate
2015 - Launch of TSE Digital center
2016 - Creation of TSE-R, mixed research unit (UMR)
Launch of TSE’s 2nd fundraising campaign
2017 - TSE celebrates its 10th anniversary