Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences

Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, it will not be possible to hold the Toulouse Summer School of Quantitative Social Sciences at the planned dates this May and June, 2020. We very much regret this situation, but the health and safety of the participants remain our highest priority. Hence, we have decided to postpone the Summer School to next year, May and June 2021. More details will be provided on this website in due time.


Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) are offering an interdisciplinary summer school program aimed at PhD students in economics and other disciplines across the social sciences.

Scholars from TSE and IAST will lead a three-week program offering a variety courses, lectures, and interactive sessions in the following topics:

  • Week 1: Economic and political institutions
  • Week 2: The evolution of human sociality
  • Week 3: Individuals in society: theory and experiments

Students will also benefit from the opportunity to attend the following two conferences, with leading scholars in the field.

As part of the summer school, registration fees for these conferences will be covered by TSE and IAST.

The summer school will be organized in the brand-new building of TSE and IAST in Toulouse.

Organizers: Victor Gay and Jorge Peña


Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences offers a variety of courses taught by recognized experts in their fields. Further details can be found in the summer school brochure.

Week 1 (May 25 – May 30, 2020)
Economic and political institutions

Michael Becher, Mohamed Saleh, and Paul Seabright

  • Day 1: Institutions and economic development (M. Saleh).
  • Day 2: Democracy, redistribution and inequality (M. Becher).
  • Day 3: Migration (M. Saleh). Populism (M. Becher). Special lecture: "Economics and the Social Sciences - A Long History Together” (P. Seabright).
  • Days 4–5: History Workshop: Big Data in Economic History.
  • Day 6: Political selection (M. Becher). Intergenerational mobility (M. Saleh).

Week 2 (June 1 – June 6, 2020)
The evolution of human sociality

Ingela Alger and Jonathan Stieglitz

  • Day 1: Intra-family resource sharing; marriage patterns (I. Alger). Subsistence, inequality and social organization in cross-cultural perspective; Evolution of Human Life Histories (J. Stieglitz).
  • Day 2: Evolution of Human Life Histories; Evolution of sharing (J. Stieglitz).
  • Day 3: Divisions of labor and complementarity in human families; Sexual conflict; Life history theory (J. Stieglitz).
  • Day 4–5: Economics and Human Biology Conference (Theme: Fertility).
  • Day 6: Demographic transition (J. Stieglitz).

Week 3 (June 8 – June 12, 2020)
Individuals in society: theory and experiments

Daniel L. Chen, Roberta Dessi, and Astrid Hopfensitz

  • Day 1: Markets, morals, and decision (D.L. Chen). Experimental Economics (A. Hopfensitz).
  • Day 2: Experimental Economics (A. Hopfensitz).
  • Day 3: Motivated beliefs (R. Dessi). Experimental Economics (A. Hopfensitz).
  • Day 4: Motivated beliefs; Identity, motivation and beliefs; Social and cultural identity (R. Dessi).
  • Day 5: Identity, motivation and beliefs; Personal identity and signaling (R. Dessi).


275 euros for the whole program. This fee does not cover accommodation or transportation.

Waiver: We encourage PhD students in other disciplines than economics to apply. These students will have their fees waived, and their accommodation (in university housing) and transportation covered.



Application deadline

  • From November 07 to March 31, 2020

The following documents are required to apply:

  • CV
  • Copy of most advanced degree
  • Proof of of student status
  • Short cover letter
  • Recommendation letter (optional), to be sent to summerschool.application[a]

Applications are to be made on the TSE platform : click here to apply


Coming to Toulouse School of Economics

Getting from the airport to Toulouse and back:

By shuttle bus:

The closest station from the conference venue is "Compans Caffarelli":       

Shuttle buses operated by Tisséo depart every 20 minutes from a stop outside exit C2 on the arrivals level. Travel time is 20 to 45 minutes. The buses run from 5:40 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the direction of the Toulouse bus station and from 5:00 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. in the direction of the airport. The fare is EUR 8.00 each way.
Bus lines 25 and 30 serve the airport (EUR 1.70 per ride).
Bus line 88 operated by the Conseil Général de la Haute-Garonne serves the city of Toulouse and surrounding communities (EUR 2.00 per ride).

By taxi:
        Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals area, between exits B3 and C1. You may call ahead to make a reservation, +33 (0)5 61 30 02 54.
        The fare to central Toulouse is approximately EUR 25.

By tram:
        The new T2 line connects the airport with the city centre, with trams running every 15 minutes. The first departure from the city centre (Arènes) is at 5:35 a.m. and the last at 11:30 p.m. (Palais de Justice). Travel time is between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the city centre destination and the fare is EUR 1.70 each way.

Local transports

Flights : More information on Toulouse Blagnac airport website


Tisséo tickets are valid for use on the whole network. For those arriving by plane, a shuttle links the airport to the city centre and the train station.

Further information:

Toulouse by bicycle:

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Accomodation and Tourism in Toulouse:

Hotels in Toulouse:

Aparthotel (with special discount for TSE participant):


For further information, please visit the website of Toulouse Tourist Office: