The Toulouse Network for Information Technology (TNIT) was created in 2005 to stimulate high-quality economic research on the software industry, the development and role of the Internet, and intellectual property. The network ended in 2020. Its aim was to encourage some of the best academic economists in the world to engage on the issues generated by the rapid development of information technology. The resulting body of work spanned a large and varied amount of topics, and has helped further our understanding of these critically important markets.

The members of TNIT committed themselves to pursuing active research in the areas of interest of the network, and to participating in a yearly meeting where they discussed each other’s research and exchanged with high-level practitioners about the evolution of the industry. The work of the network was funded by Microsoft Corporation, and coordinated by TSE-Partnership Foundation (TSE-P) which operates under the aegis of the Foundation Jean-Jacques Laffont-TSE. 

To meet TNIT’s expectation of world-class research, members enjoyed complete academic independence in their work.

Research topics

  • Public policy towards the software industry
  • Intellectual property
  • Cloud computing
  • Antitrust and competition policy