Research Partnership

Partnership research at TSE is undertaken within the TSE-Partnership (TSE-P) Foundation, which operates under the aegis of the Foundation Jean-Jacques Laffont - TSE.

TSE-Partnership is a platform designed to connect researchers and professors, from the University Toulouse Capitole and, other research institutions in economics, and partners (public and private economic agents) to explore new areas of research, to improve the relevance of research for the world of economics and to provide new means for carrying out such research

Our ambition is to produce leading international research, in collaboration with partners, and thus contribute to the academic excellence of the Foundation Jean-Jacques Laffont - TSE and the University Toulouse Capitole.

Address key economic and social issues
Our researchers' work leads to a better understanding of the economic forces and institutions that govern the world we live in. We strive to develop an innovative culture grounded in real-world issues.

Contribute to public debate
We aim at bringing academic insights to practitioners to help businesses, NGOs, governmental bodies and regulatory institutions address societal challenges.

Historical background
TSE’s partnerships were born of a confluence between a need and an opportunity in 1980’s. The need was for an innovative approach to finance economic research in France. Jean-Jacques Laffont, the founder of the team of Toulouse economists, had identified France’s lack of attractiveness to researchers. He succeeded in bringing a handful of leading researchers to Toulouse to create a world-class department. The challenge was to find financial means without compromising researchers’ independence or distracting them from the scientific approach.

To meet this challenge, TSE built long-term partnerships with both private and public economic actors. The scope of these partnerships, their spirit, and a close interaction with these economic actors allowed the researchers to develop original research topics, which had to meet a double requirement: on the one hand, to be relevant for corporate strategy and for public policy; on the other hand, to be validated by the scientific community.

TSE-P is governed by an executive committee and managed by a Director, supported by his team of highly skilled professionals.

Executive committe:

Hervé Ossard, President
Bernard Belloc, Professor Emeritus, University Toulouse Capitole
Corinne Mascala, President, University Toulouse Capitole  
Jean Tirole, Scientific Director
Pierre Carli, Chairman of the Board, Caisse d'Epargne Midi-Pyrénées
Patrick Rey, TSE-P researchers' representative
Pierre Monsan, Professor Emeritus, INSA-Toulouse
Georges Molins-Ysal, Professor Emeritus, University Toulouse Capitole (Absent from photo)

The TSE Research centers’ objective is to foster research activities and to showcase academic outputs at TSE in a thematic area.

These centers are created around wide, overreaching topics with the scope to cover a range of industrial and policy issues affecting society at all levels.

Currently, TSE centers include:




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