The Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) is a leading French scientific institution for advanced research on quantitative methods applied to the social sciences. 

CREST is a joint interdisciplinary unit of research and faculty members of CNRS, ENSAE Paris, ENSAI and the Economics Department of Ecole Polytechnique. Its activities are located physically in the ENSAE Paris building on the Palaiseau campus of Institut Polytechnique de Paris and secondarily on the Ker-Lann campus of ENSAI Rennes.

The scientific culture of CREST combines a strong regard for quantitative methods, data and mathematical modeling with the cross-fertilization of theoretical models and empirical evidence to analyze concrete economic and social issues. 

CREST owes its wide international visibility to a diverse body of 120 professors, researchers and PhD students. Interdisciplinary at its core, CREST’s activities are deployed across the fields of Economics, Statistics, Finance-Insurance and Sociology.

CREST offers optimal research conditions and competitive financial packages and recruits every year on the international job market across its core disciplines at the Postdoctoral, Assistant and Associate Professor levels.

Research at CREST benefits from: 

In addition to its research mission, an important stake for CREST is the spin-off of its scientific culture and expertise through graduate education.

At the Master level, CREST research and faculty members teach in the various programs at Institut Polytechnique de Paris (in Economics; Data Science; Statistics for Smart Data; Statistics, Finance & Actuarial Science; Quantitative Sociology & Demography) as well as in the engineering cycles at Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE Paris and ENSAI.

At the Doctoral level, CREST offers generous grants and optimal research conditions for students who wish to pursue doctoral research at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or at ENSAI. Our doctoral candidates have a stellar job placement record across private, public and academic sectors in France and abroad.

In addition, 5-year integrated PhD programs at Institut Polytechnique de Paris offer students the opportunity to develop advanced research skills throughout a PhD Track encompassing Master and doctoral training and leading to a PhD diploma. CREST participates in the PhD Track programs in Economics (in cooperation with HEC Paris), in Data & Artificial Intelligence and in Mathematics.

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CREST resulted from the fusion in 2015 of research institutions with a long history of collaboration but which evolved separately at Ecole Polytechnique and at Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE). Here is a brief institutional history:

1935: Creation of Laboratoire d’Économétrie as part of Chaire Ecole Polytechnique of François pisia

1968: Establishment of Département de la Recherche by Edmond Malinvaud at INSEE

1970: Claude Henry re-establishes Laboratoire d’Econometrie of Ecole Polytechnique with Vincent Renard

1972: Département de la Recherche becomes Unité de Recherche at INSEE with Jacques Mairesse as its director

1984: Unité de Recherche becomes Centre de Recherche of ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) with Christian Gourieroux as its director

1988: Michel Balinski becomes director of Laboratoire d’Économétrie

1993: Centre de Recherche of ENSAE becomes Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique (CREST), following its merger with Département de la Recherche, with Alain Monfort as its director

1994: Establishment of GENES (Groupe des Ecoles Nationales d’Economie et Statistique) to bring together research and teaching activities at INSEE, specifically at ENSAE and ENSAI (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Analyse de l’Information), with Alain Trognon as its director

1996: Establishment of Unité Mixte de Recherche 2773 GRECSTA (Groupe de REcherche en EConomie et STAtistique) between INSEE and CNRS, with Alain Trognon as its director

1999: Jean-Pierre Ponssard becomes director of Laboratoire d’Économétrie

2007: Pierre Picard becomes director of Laboratoire d’Econometrie. The Laboratoire leaves its historic site at Montagne Sainte Geneviève to settle at the Palaiseau campus along with the other departments of Ecole Polytechnique.

2007: Francis Kramarz becomes director of CREST

2011: GENES acquires the status of Grand établissement (a public institution of higher education and research) and legal oversight over its constituent entities: CREST, ENSAE, ENSAI, CEPE (ENSAE-ENSAI Formation Continue)

2015: Establishment of Unité Mixte de Recherche 9194 which combines three pre-existent research entities:
– CREST, a GENES entity
– PREG-CECO, Laboratoire d’Econometrie of Ecole Polytechnique, UMR 7176 (Ecole Polytechnique/CNRS)

The new UMR, temporarily called EXCESS (ENSAE-X-Centre d’économie, statistique et sociologie), takes the historic name of CREST in 2016. It is a multidisciplinary UMR (economics, statistics, sociology) with a strong majority of economists, as was the case with its two founding entities – the historic CREST was composed of economists, statisticians and sociologists, whereas Laboratoire d’Econometrie had, in addition to economics, a secondary disciplinary association with mathematics and informatics. Francis Kramarz is director of CREST succeeded in 2019 by Arnak Dalalyan.

CREST activities are located physically in the ENSAE Paris building on the Palaiseau campus of Institut Polytechnique de Paris and secondarily on the Ker-Lann campus of ENSAI Rennes.

For directions to Ker-Lann campus of ENSAI Rennes see here.

For directions to Palaiseau campus of Institut Polytechnique de Paris:

Just 20 km south of Paris on a site spanning almost 160 hectares, the CREST can be reached from several access points.

The reception service
The reception service of CREST is located in the hall of the ENSAE building, accessible from Avenue Fresnel.
The reception service welcome visitors on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm and can be reached at +33 (0)1 70 26 67 00.
They are responsible for welcoming, informing and guiding visitors. They can also accompany them, if necessary, to their meeting places. They help with taxi bookings and lost items management as well.

The site
CREST – UMR 9194
5, Av Henry Le Chatelier
91120 Palaiseau,

Visit through Google Maps:

Access using public transport

2 itineraries are possible: from the Massy-Palaiseau station or the Lozère station.
Connecting buses link the station to the campus.

Access by road
From the Porte d’Orléans or Porte d’Italie: by the A6 highway.
From the Pont de Sèvres : by the N118.
Consult the traffic status in real time.

Local airports
– Orly airport (via the RER B and Orly Val)
– Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (direct by the RER B)
– Villacoublay airport
– Toussus-le-Noble business airport
Download the map of airports, stations and RER stations.