TSE Digital Center


Digital economy

The rapid development of digital technology is generating new challenges and a fundamental transformation in the daily lives of citizens and organizations, with a significant impact on individuals, governments and businesses around the world. Toulouse School of Economics undertakes research that helps public and private sector organizations understand the opportunities and risks of the digital economy. 

Based in particular on the research activities conducted since 2015 in the framework of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Digital Chair, TSE created in 2018 a research center of excellence dedicated to the digital economy, bringing together the expertise, financial support and knowledge of private and public partners. The ambition is to establish one of the best digital economy research centers in Europe and to exercise intellectual leadership in this field.

The main activities of the Center: 

  • Scientific production: scientific publications, academic conferences, seminars, etc...
  • Transfer of knowledge: to practitioners and policy makers
  •  Public debate: dissemination of economic knowledge

The Center is organized around five research focuses: 

Digital platforms

In many industries, platforms allow two (or more) groups of economic agents to interact with each other.

Our research program on digital platforms aims at understanding the business models of these firms and their impact on society and welfare. We produce both theoretical and empirical research that sheds light on the functioning of platform markets and offers policy recommendations to public authorities regarding the regulation of such markets.

  • Program leader: Doh-Shin Jeon works on industrial organization, IT, intellectual property, economics of science.

Analytics and economics of Big Data

This research program gathers mathematicians developing optimization techniques, applied econometric tools and game theory concepts that help to handle high-dimensional random phenomena, and economists studying data-related issues such as privacy protection, the markets for data, and the impact of data on competition.

  • Program leader: Sébastien Gadat works on applied mathematics involved in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on statistics and stochastic on-line optimization algorithms.

Artificial intelligence and society

The researchers involved in this program investigate the ethical expectations that citizens and consumers hold for artificial intelligence, in order to smooth the transition to the new AI society. The team is also conducting research in the high-stake domain of algorithmic justice and is also interested in other areas in which AI and powerful algorithms can redesign the social fabric.

  • Program leader: Jean-François Bonnefon works on decision-making and moral preferences. He explores the kind of ethics people want for self-driving cars and other machines.

Financial technologies and digital markets

The objective of this research program is to investigate the implications of key features of FinTech and cryptocurrencies, and their impact on social welfare. The research team involved in the program studies in particular the way markets, institutions and regulations should be designed to mitigate problems such as coordination issues, information asymmetries and other market failures.

  • Program leader: Christophe Bisière works on FinTech, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Intellectual property in the digital economy

This research program aims at improving our understanding of intellectual property protection and transfer in the digital economy. The researchers involved in this program work on topics such as patent litigation involving IoT players and the licensing of intellectual property to manufacturers of connected devices. They also investigate the economic effects of making platforms liable for intellectual property infringements by third parties operating on them.

  • Program leader: Yassine Lefouili works on law and economics of intellectual property, competition policy and digital economics.