PhD Program



The ESSEC PhD program in Economics provides doctoral students with a solid grounding in economic theory, as well as the analytical and statistical tools needed to conduct high-quality theoretical and empirical research. This program is run jointly with the Economic department at CY Cergy Paris Université, one of the leading French universities in Economics. It aims to develop multiple skills, notably the mastering of  the concepts of economic theory and analysis ; the methodology of model building at the highest scientific level ; and data analysis using advanced econometric methods and tools.

Overview of the Program

Common and compulsory courses across subfields: Preliminary courses (September of Year 1)

  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Advanced courses/seminars (first quarter of Year 1)
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Statistics

Advanced courses/seminars (Year 1 and 2)

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Game Theory
  • Micro-Econometrics
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Research Seminar 1 : Professors Seminar
  • Research Seminar 2 : Student Seminar
  • Reading Seminars on Specialized Subjects


In this concentration, students can specialize in any of the following main areas

  • Industrial Organization ;
  • International Economics (with micro or macro emphasis) ;
  • Public Economics.


The ESSEC Economics department is affiliated with THEMA (Center for Research in Applied Economics). THEMA is one of the best research centers in economics from the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and it is based in Cergy-Pontoise, between the  CY Cergy Paris Université and ESSEC. The Essec economic faculty regularly publishes articles in the highest level international academic reviews as well as books , chapters and economic reports (a total of 150 publications between 2008 and 2013). ESSEC professors work in different areas: applied microeconomics ; industrial organisation ; game theory ; experimental economics ; monetary economics ; macroeconomics ; international trade and finance ; international institutional economics ; and health economics. Essec professors are connected with the academic community by doing research with colleagues from all over the world, regularly participating in academic conferences and being board members of international journals.

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Recent placement of Alumni

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University College Dublin (Ireland) European Central Bank (Germany), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), National Bank of Korea (South Korea), Shandong University (China), Zhongnan University (China), Korea Development Institute, Seoul (South Korea), CBN Research Institute, Shanghai (China), The Bank of Israel (Israel)

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