Doctoral program

The mission of the TSE doctoral school is to train future researchers for brilliant academic careers, but also for successful careers in the professional world 

Much effort is put into providing students with the highest quality training. Doctoral students are very well advised on how to best prepare for the international job market to ensure them to receive the best placement. 

There are many more reasons to choose TSE:

  • TSE attracts the best researchers from around the world to Toulouse to develop the economic models and solutions needed to understand and address tomorrow's issues.
  • PhD students quickly become involved in scientific life by taking part in international conferences, seminars, etc.
  • TSE offers a large range of disciplines, enabling them to cover all fields in Economics: Behavior, Institutions and Development; Econometrics and Empirical Economics; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance; Industrial Economics;  Macroeconomics; Mathematics of Decision Making and Statistics; Public Economics; Theoretical Economics.
  • Doctoral students have an office close to their supervisor to facilitate interactions.
  • Studies are funded from the Master 2 ETE level upwards and can extend to 5 years
  • Visiting possibilities during studies with other partner universities

Placement of students from the Ph.D. Program:


  • Hippolyte Boucher: Airbus, Marseille
  • Tim Ederer: Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University (Economics), preceded by a one-year Post-Doc at the Becker-Friedmann Institute, University of Chicago
  • Luise Eisfeld: HEC Lausanne (Finance)
  • Hiyu Hou: Renmin University, Beijing
  • Dakang Huang: Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFFE), Chengdu, China
  • Antoine Jacquet: Post Doc at Science-Po, Paris, France (2 years)
  • Max Lesellier: Université de Montréal
  • Yaxin Li: Renmin University, Beijing
  • Gosia Majewska: ESSEC Business School, Paris (Economics)
  • José Munoz: Analysis Group, Brussels
  • Peter Neis: Post Doc at CERDI, Clermont Ferrand University (2 years)
  • Tuuli Vanhapelto: Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow (Economics)
  • Philipp Wangner: Mannheim University, preceded by a one-year Post-Doc at Columbia University
  • Li Yu: Liaoning University, Shenyang, China
  • Ling Zhou: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (after a two-years Post-Doc)


  • Alae Baha - Oxford University,  Sociology Dep. (Post Doc, 3 years) 
  • Paloma Carrillo - International Labor Organization
  • Alipio Ferreira - 1 year postdoc at JPAL-LAC (Rio de Janeiro) and then Southern Methodist University (AP)
  • Alexandre Gaillard - 1 year post-doc at Princeton and then Brown University (AP)
  • Friedrich Lucke - Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission, Brussels
  • Filip Mrowiec  - Cornerstone (New York)
  • Celia Ruiz - Compass Lexecon
  • Vatsala Shreeti - Bank of International Settlments
  • Fernando Stipanicic - 1 year postdoc at Berkeley and then Oslo (AP)
  • Jun Yan - Xiamen University (AP)
  • Yifei Zhang - Peking University, HSBC Business School (AP)


  • Hussein Bidawi - International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Nicolas Bonneton - University of Manheim Assistant Professor 
  • Jacopo Bregolin - University of Liverpool Assistant Professor
  • Christophe Bruneel - KU Leuven Assistant Professor
  • Matheus De Souza Bueno - OECD
  • Joana Duran-Franch - Postdoc at Columbia 1 year 
  • Jacint Enrich Moya - Postdoc at Pompeu Fabra - 3 years 
  • Christophe Gaillac - Postdoc Nuffield College – 3 years
  • Jérôme Gonnot - Postdoc European University Institute – 2 years
  • Kunal Khainar - Bank of England 
  • Willy Lefez - Postdoc Berlin School of Economics - 4 years
  • Charles Pébereau - Post doc at Stanford - 3 years
  • Stefan Pollinger - Sciences Po Paris Assistant Professor
  • Kevin Remmy - Postdoc at University of Mannheim - 5 years 
  • Yang Yang - Nanjing University Assistant Professor 
  • Miguel Zerecero - UC Irvine Assistant Professor
  • Ling Zhou - Postdoc University of Padova - 2 years 


  • Miren Azkarate-Askasua - Post-doctorate for one year at European University Institute (EUI), then Assistant Professor (University of Mannheim)
  • Hussein Bidawi -  International Monetary Fund
  • Filippo D'Arcangelo - OECD
  • Hugues Dastarac - Banque de France
  • Vessela Daskalova - Assistant Professor  (UC Dublin)
  • Alberto Grillo - Post doctorate at Aix-Marseille School of Economics
  • Elia Lapenta - Assistant Professor(CREST)
  • Emil Palikot - Post doctorate at Stanford
  • Christopher Sandmann - Post doctorate for one year at Princeton then Assistant Professor (LSE)
  • Roberto Sarkisian - Assistant Professor (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Peter Wikman - Post doctorate at Toulouse School of Economics 
  • Yuting Yang - Assistant Professor (University of New Mexico)
  • Jiakun Zheng - Assistant Professor (Renmin University)


  • Konrad Adler -Postdoctoral position with the finance group at Bonn University
  • Aleksandra Fridman - Economist program at the International Monetary Fund
  • Jakob Hennig - Visiting professor Position at the UC3M
  • Jasmin Fliegner - Assistant professor in Economics, University of Manchester
  • Claire Galez-Davis - International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
  • Dimple Kukreja - Research Officer, Reserve Bank of India
  • Xavier Lambin - Assistant professor, Grenoble School of Management
  • Giulia Pavan - Compass Lexecon (Madrid office)
  • Eva Raiber - Assistant professor, Aix-Marseille School of Economics
  • Lei Xu - Economist, Bank of Canada


  • Yaohui Dong - Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
  • Simon Fuchs - Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Pablo Garcia - Economist, Banque Centrale du Luxembourg
  • Vitalijs Jascisens - Assistant professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Department of Economics and International College of Economics and Finance)
  • Tannous Kass-Hanna - Economist, International Monetary Fund
  • Lan Lan - Assistant Professor, University of Oslo (Economics Department)
  • Julie Lassebie - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 
  • Tsz Kin Leung - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge (INET Institute)
  • Ying Liang - Lecturer, Monash University (Monash Business School)
  • George Lukyanov - Assistant Professor, École Polytechnique
  • Lucas Mahieux - Assistant Professor, Tilburg University
  • Serge Nyawa - Assistant Professor, Toulouse Business School (Department of Information, Operations and Management Sciences)
  • Anastasiia Parakhonyak - Assistant Professor in Economics and Finance, Durham University (Business School)
  • Arnaud Philippe - Lecturer in economics, Department of economics (School of Economics, Finance and Management), Bristol University
  • Oleg Polivin - Junior Data Scientist, Altran
  • Andrés Salamanca - Postdoctoral position, University of Southern Denmark (Department of Business and Economics)
  • Jules Tinang - Assistant Professor, University of Groningen
  • Ying Lei Toh - Payments Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Shuichi Tsugawa - Assistant Professor Department of Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Shuguang Zhu - Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (School of Economics)


  • Nordine Abidi - Economist, European Central Bank
  • Arthur Alik - Staff economist, Worldbank, office of chief economist Africa region
  • Andrii Babii - Assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Constance De Soyres - Economist, International Monetary Fund
  • François De Soyres - Economist, World Bank
  • MiaoMiao Dongdon - Assistant professor, Bocconi University (Decision Science Department)
  • Xintong Han - Assistant professor, Concordia University
  • Maxime Liegey - Assistant professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota)
  • Christian Nguenang - Consultant, Bewell Consulting-Harwell Management
  • Christiern Daniel  Rose - Lecturer, University of Queensland
  • Nassima Selmane   - Assistant Professor, University of Groningen
  • Tomar Shekhar - Research Officer, Reserve bank of India
  • Tuba Tuncel -  Assistant Professor, HEC Montreal
  • André Veiga - Assistant professor, Imperial College Business School in London
  • Chunan Wang -  Assistant Professor of Economics, Beihang University (Beijing)
  • Suxiu Yu -  Assistant Professor, Renmin University of China, Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance


  • Fanny Camara - Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  • Maddalena Ferrana - Postdoctoral research associate in Values and Public Policy, Woodrow Wilson School and University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
  • Markus Gebauer - Assistant Professor, Higher School of Economics/ICEF
  • Dong-Hee Joe - Associate Research Fellow, Korea Energy Economics Institute
  • Yves Le Yaouanq - Assistant Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
  • Kun Li - Lecturer, Australia National University, Research School of Finance, Acturial Studies & Statistics
  • César Mantilla - Assistant Professor, Universidad del Rosario
  • Rodrigo Montes - Senior Economist, Compass Lexecon
  • Alban Moura - Economist, Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Research Department
  • Guillem Roig - Assistant Professor, Universidad del Rosario
  • Johanna Schauer - Economist, IMF
  • Ananya Sen - Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Sloan)
  • Gang Wang - Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Timothy Yeung - Postdoctoral position of PSL Research University, hosted by University of Paris-Dauphine


  • Luc Bridet - Lecturer, University of St Andrews
  • Ho Cheung Cheng - Assistant Professor, National Central University, Taiwan
  • Jorge Florez - Assistant Professor, Universidad del Rosario
  • Mattia Girotti - Banque de France
  • Sinem Hidir - Assistant Professor, University of Warwick
  • Laura Lasio - Assistant Professor, McGill University
  • Margaret Leighton - Lecturer, University of St Andrews
  • Julien Sauvagnat - Assistant Professor, Università Boconi
  • Yonglei Wang - Assistant Professor, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Qizhou (Leo) Xiong - Postdoctoral researcher, University of Magdeburg and Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

2023-2024 PhD candidates

Placement Officer: Ulrich HEGE -  Coordinator: Anouch MISSIRIAN - Placement secretary: Louise STRACHAN



Fields of Interest


  • Housing
  • Industrial organization


  • Public Economics
  • Gender Economics
  • Political Economy


  • Labor
  • Econometrics
  • Empirical Industrial Organization


  • Macroeconomics
  • Behavior
  • Institutions and Development


  • Macroeconomics
  • Macro Development 
  • Development
  • Political Economy

Gökçe Gökkoca

  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Health Economics

Johanna ISMAN

  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization


  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Competition Policy

Chanwoo KIM

  • Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics

Federica LO POLITO

  • Political Economy
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economics of Migration
  • Culture Economics


  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Theory 


  • Industrial organization
  • Urban Economics


  • Labor and Family Economics
  • Public Economics


  • Public Economics
  • Behavioral Economics


Currently post-doc at Stanford GSB

  • Industrial Organization
  • Economics of Digitization
  • Machine Learning and Causal Inference

Post-Docs at TSE



Fields of Interest

Peter BAYER 

  • Microeconomics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Theory


  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Household Finance



Our ambition is to keep attracting the best students in the world. Therefore, we offer financial help for our future PhD students.

Some scholarships and grants are available at the Master 2 level:

Once the students graduate from the Master 2 ETE and continue in the PhD program, the doctoral school makes sure that they receive funding. Some positions of teaching assistant and research assistant are also available.

It usually takes 5 years for students to complete their thesis.


A world-class international doctoral program, training the brightest minds.

First year

The "Doctoral track" (Master 2 ETE) allows students to acquire a thorough and advanced general training in economic theory (micro, macro and econometrics) before choosing a specific area of research. During this first year, students are also given training in research techniques and work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a master’s thesis that will be assessed by a board of professors.

Second year

At the end of the first year, students are admitted in the second year Advanced Research degree in Economics (MRes in Economics) on the basis of their results (courses and research work) and embark on a final year of advanced, specialized courses. Students should select 7 course topics among a list of advanced specialized courses and attend an annual research workshop (members meet on a regular basis during the year).
This intensive training should provide PhD students with a strong foundation for the writing of their thesis and for their future research career. An advisor and another faculty member assist students in the design of their plan of studies. During the second year, students choose their field(s) of specialization : 

  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Econometrics and Empirical Economics
  • Economics Theory
  • Finance
  • Industrial Organization
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Policy and Applied Economics

At the end of this second year, students must present some original research work (a preliminary paper) to a jury of faculty members.

Thesis years

The two or three following years are devoted to full-time research and to writing the dissertation. Students are given the opportunity to mature and develop their economist’s intuition and techniques. PhD students participate in the life of academic groups, including seminars. They also present their research work in junior seminars and international conferences and are encouraged to participate in specialized summer schools.

Job Market

Our PhD program is designed to prepare our candidates for the International Job Market. 

To find out about application deadlines please see our Admissions section.

Applications must be made online on the TSE platform eCandidatures. Any application submitted outside of the dates of the recruitment campaigns will not be reviewed.


Students testimonies

Some videos are available on the platform Youtube

Christopher Sandmann, PhD student

Basile Dubois, PhD student 

"TSE is an amazing place for students who want to devote themselves into research. The professors here are very productive and nice. Their love to economics is so contagious. There are so many conferences, seminars, and workshops in diversified areas that could feed your interests and tastes. The quality and quantity of those meetings are fabulous. Overall, our PhD program in terms of its research environment is comparable to the top-ten programs in the US. The life at Toulouse is also very rewarding. You would meet many interesting persons here. International students' background are diversified and they come from five continents. I love here so much and miss the people I met here. You would never regret if you choose to come to TSE."

Nina Yin, Assistant Professor (China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China)

"Learning how to become a researcher is not an easy task and TSE's structure in thematic groups played an important part in helping me develop research skills. Every week, we had a macro seminar with external speakers, a macro workshop for PhD students to present their work and a macro reading group where we discussed recently published papers !
When you present your work, comments from professors and fellow students can be tough to hear, but that's how make progress and learn how not to cut corners.
Overall, the environment at TSE showed me a passion for intellectual challenges that was contagious. I felt encouraged to play my part and contribute, as an economic researcher, to a better understanding of the forces driving our economic system."

François de Soyres, Economist (World Bank)

"TSE gave me an outstanding training in econometrics which was crucial for the beginning of my career. I believe that the scientific environment at TSE is comparable to the best economics departments in the world. Just look at the amount and quality of seminars, workshops, and conferences hosted at TSE each year and compare it to any other top economics department. There are more events than you can digest!"

Andrii Babii, Assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"TSE is a very good environment for research. Besides the faculty helping students, much administrative hassle is kept away from students to be able to better focus. In any given week there are more research seminars than one can even attend, so one is exposed to many different ideas. Throughout my time at TSE I enjoyed substantial financial support, both for my living expenses as well as for accessing data"

Markus Gebauer, Assistant Professor of Economics (International College of Economics and Finance, National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia)

"I enjoyed the diversity and academic environment here. Students and researchers are coming from all over the world and doing research in various fields, each contributing in a unique way to the diverse culture here. The research environment is of first grand; each year, top researchers around the world visit and give talks at Toulouse, giving us plenty of opportunities to be exposed to the research frontier. The researchers/advisors are really great economists and patient teachers; discussions on our work are usually deep and focusing on the big picture and economic applications, which I find are the most important part of economics research. Of course, the city is truly beautiful!

Some deals are too good to be true but TSE defies this adage. One gets to live in a great city and have access to one of the best economics departments. TSE has a big PHD program with roughly 20 incoming students each year, which makes you feel like a part of the community. I was part of the Macro group and learned a lot through interactions with the faculty members and other students. And this interaction was not just limited to internal members as the PhD students interact a lot with the visiting seminar speakers (and there are a lot of them at TSE!!).

In terms of the timeline, one spends the first two years on coursework. The core courses are interesting and give a good foundation for research, both in terms of material covered as well as to develop research agenda. I got good support from my advisor as well as other faculty members to keep my work on track throughout the PhD. For the job market, TSE has a professional team of people, comprising of staff members and faculty, who help you throughout the job market season. The hard work that TSE puts in to prepare its students is amply reflected in the placements!!"

Shekhar Tomar, Research Officer, Reserve bank of India

"I did my Ph.D. at TSE from 2011 until 2016 (plus a strong M1 a year prior). Coming from Peru to Europe for the first time, a lot was new, exciting, and different. Language-wise, for instance, classes were in English, while daily life was in French. To make this harder, coursework at TSE is tough and exams are intense. However, I can say with the benefit of hindsight, that such level of rigor makes TSE alumni well equipped to face the challenges of a dynamic world. At TSE, I learned to always stay curious, and to study seriously and committed to the subject at hand. After the Ph.D. I came to the U.S. to work in consulting. My adviser and other faculty members were always supportive of my choice and were instrumental for me finding a job in Washington, D.C. There, I have confirmed that TSE enjoys an outstanding reputation in economics, especially in IO. All in all, my years in Toulouse were some of the best in my life, I am deeply thankful to the school, the administrative staff, the faculty, and my friends!"

Rodrigo Montes, Senior Economist, Compass Lexecon

The TSE Doctoral School is a member of a European network of doctoral schools, ENTER (European Network for Training in Economic Research), which includes the following universities:  
- Universitat Autonoma Barcelona
- Free University of Brussels
- University of Mannheim
- University of Stockholm
- Tilburg University
- Toulouse School of Economics
- University College London
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Doctoral students who enrol in the ENTER programme spend between three months to a year in one or two of the network institutions where they benefit from exactly the same status as the other doctoral students. Depending on their situation, they may either attend classes or seminars, or work on their thesis under the supervision of one of the university’s professors. They are thus in contact with a wider teaching body and a more diverse range of research themes. They can also develop productive professional relationships with other students and thus become truly European economists.
The network schedules a conference which rotates every year to a different member university and encourages doctoral students to visit and stay at one (or several) of the universities in the network

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