Open applications for 2024 PhD tracks in Economics

Applications are open from October 5th to January 12th, 2024, for the PhD track in Economics.

PhD track program

The PhD track is a five-year program which offers training in top-level research to high-potential students aiming for an international career in leading academic institutions or companies.

For the first two years, candidates will be enrolled in a coursework program for which they would be awarded the master’s degree. Then, for the three remaining years, students will be enrolled in a dissertation phase for a PhD diploma.

PhD track in Economics


The program heavily relies on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analysis. During the first year, students take advanced core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. They also engage in research projects under the supervision of faculty and acquire a first hands-on contact with research. During the second year, students will follow advanced methodological courses, and specialize in subfields of economics. They will regularly spend time within the research centers (office space and IT facilities will be provided at CREST, students may also can work closely with faculty members as research assistants) and will be allocated an individual advisor among the program faculty. They will also regularly attend CREST research seminars, conduct a research project, and write a master’s dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.

At the end of the second year, students who have achieved sufficiently good grades, have written a research proposal and found a potential PhD supervisor within CREST may progress to the dissertation period (three years) of the PhD program. Progress is conditional on securing funding and IP Paris and CREST will do their best to help candidates to obtain such funding (e.g., IP Paris but also Ecole polytechnique and ENSAE Paris provide a limited number of three-year doctoral fellowships).

Fields of excellence at our CREST research center (and HEC Paris research group), and potential areas of specialization, include:

  • Econometric theory
  • Environmental and development economics
  • Game and decision theory
  • Industrial organization and digital economics
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public economics


Provide an advanced training in economics at the highest international level with a strong emphasis on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analyses.

Acquire the most important tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics through a complete core course training.

Specialize by selecting field and specialization courses in a variety of sub-areas of economics.

Conduct research in a stimulating environment

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From Lab Desks to Bookshelves: ‘Machine Learning pour l’Économétrie’ Authored by Lab Alumni

We are pleased to announce the publication by Editions Economica (ENSAE Collection, Advanced Economics and Statistics) of Machine Learning for Econometrics by Christophe Gaillac and Jeremy L’hour.

Two PhD alumni from CREST

Christophe Gaillac is a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and was previously a PhD student at CREST. His research focuses on Econometrics, Statistics, and Machine Learning. Christophe is also an alumni from École polytechnique and ENSAE Paris where he was, later, the coordinator of statistical and mathematical teachings from 2017 to 2019 at ENSAE Paris.

Jeremy L’hour works on econometric methods and applications of machine learning to causal inference. He currently works as a quantitative researcher in the statistical arbitrage alpha team at Capital Fund Management (CFM) and he holds a PhD in Economics from Université Paris-Saclay prepared at CREST-ENSAE. Jeremy is an alumni of ENSAE Paris and he was the coordinator for econometrics teachings between 2016 and 2019.

Machine Learning For Econometrics

Machine Learning pour l’économétrie” is a work intended for economists who wish to grasp modern machine learning techniques – from their predictive performance to the revolutionary processing of unstructured data – in order to establish causality relationships from the data.

It addresses the automatic selection of variables in various high-dimensional contexts, the estimation of treatment effects heterogeneity, natural language processing (NLP) techniques, as well as synthetic control and macroeconomic forecasting.

The foundations of machine learning methods are introduced to provide both a thorough theoretical treatment of how they can be used in econometrics and numerous economic applications. Each chapter contains a series of empirical examples, programs, and exercises to facilitate the adoption and implementation of techniques by the reader.

This book is aimed at master’s or graduate students, researchers, and practitioners eager to understand and enhance their knowledge of machine learning to apply it in a context traditionally reserved for econometrics.


18th IZ & 5th IZA/CREST Conference on Labor Market Policy Evaluation

Sara Signorelli, Laurent Davezies, Clemens Mueller, Pedro Vergara Merino, Alice Lapeyre, Bernhard Schmidpeter, Alice Zulkarnain, Nicholas Swanson, Weilon Zhang, Roland Rathelot, Isaiah Andrews, Arne Uhlendorff, Jeffrey Grogger, Xavier D’Haultfoeuille, Marco Caliendo

The 5th IZA/CREST conference on Evaluation of Labor Policies was held at ENSAE on October 19 and 20 2023. It brought together international experts in the fields of labor economics and econometrics. Each participant gave a 45 minute talk and the range of topics that were covered was broad, ranging from applied policy evaluations to econometric approaches to measure causal effects. The keynote was delivered by Isaiah Andrews on Causal Interpretation of Causal IV Estimands.

The program of the conference can be found here: