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Master Year 1 in Economics

Master Year 1 in Economics
Year

Master Year 1

Program

Economics

ECTS Credits

60

Language

English

Course duration

12 months, full time

Orientation

Research & Industry

Location

Palaiseau Campus

Course duration

12 months, full time

Course start

September

Degree awarded

Master’s degree obtained on completion of the second year of the Master

Institut Polytechnique de Paris and HEC Paris offer a two-year research-oriented program in economics entirely taught in English, that offers advanced training in economics through coursework and supervision by faculty. It is aimed at students who want to become professional economists working in government, central banking, international organizations, consulting, finance or in academic research.

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 can specialize within subfields of economics. By the end of that year, they should be at the research frontier within their main area of specialization and have gained successful research experience. They also write a first research paper for their PhD thesis.

A small subset of students may enter the program as "PhD Track" students. This program is aimed at students with a strong desire for research in quantitative economics who intend to continue towards a PhD in Economics at CREST and IP Paris.

At the end of the second year, students who has 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 candidate to obtain such funding (e.g., IP Paris provides a limited number of three-year doctoral fellowships). During the second year of the program, students who specialize in financial economics or economic theory and decision sciences may also apply to the PhD program at HEC Paris. Students who entered the Master program may also progress to the research phase of the PhD program.

  • Language of instruction: English
  • ECTS: 120
  • Oriented: Research
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Courses Location: IP Paris – Ecole polytechnique and ENSAE - and HEC Paris

In partnership with:

 

Goals

The goal of this program is to 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.

In the first year, students get acquainted with the most important analytical techniques used in economics. The training is mostly devoted to acquiring the most important tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics through a complete core course training, as well as completing a research internship.

During the second year, students can specialize within a sub-area of economics. Fields of excellence and potential areas of specialization, include:

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

Throughout the second year, students conduct a research project and write a master’s dissertation under the direction of a faculty member.

Career prospects

The wide variety of courses, seminars, projects and internships proposed during the master offers the possibility, for every student, to build his/her own curriculum in economics. There are many job opportunities available immediately after the master, for instance in government agencies, international organizations, consulting, finance. Students may join PhD programs in international universities.

Institutional partners: HEC Paris

Industrial partners

Industrial partners: The internship program at the end of the first-year gives students an opportunity to apply their quantitative skills and knowledge to real-life problems at well-known national and international institutions, companies, and organizations. Examples of such institutions having hired interns in the past include BNP-Paribas, EDF, Lafarge, the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, DG Trésor, etc. Our department also has long-term research partnerships with EDF, AXA, Deloitte, Société Générale, etc.

Outline of the First Year: M1

All courses are mandatory.

S1 First Semester
Courses:

  • ECO 550 - Microeconomics 1: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 551 - Macroeconomics 1: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 552B - Econometrics 1: 6 ECTS.
  • ECO558 - Introduction to Time Series Econometrics: 2 ECTS.

S2 Second Semester
Courses:

  • ECO 560 - Microeconomics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 561 - Macroeconomics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 562B - Advanced Econometrics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • S1 & S2
  • ECO 511 - Project in Applied Economics: 4 ECTS.

S3 Third Semester
Internship: 8 ECTS.

First Semester

(end of August, beginning of September)

Mathematics, Optimization, Probability, and Statistical Inference - 36 hours
Nicolas VieillePierre-Edouard Collignon

  • Basic calculus.
  • Linear algebra.
  • Static and dynamic optimization.
  • Basic probability theory.
  • Statistical inference.

Introduction to Stata - 8 hours
Germain Gauthier

The objective of this course is to allow participants to be able to work and conduct their own empirical analyses with the statistical software STATA, which is one of the leading programs used by researchers in econometrics.

The course will be taught in a very applied way using real-world datasets, covering basic commands, data management, data manipulation, graphs, statistical analysis, regression analysis (cross sectional data, time series, panel data, and qualitative data) and basic programing (more specifically loops).

Over the whole year

Coordinators: Alessandro RiboniGeoffrey Barrows

Students must work in groups of 2 or 3. They should rely on a statistical software, such as Stata, to apply econometric methods to a dataset. This work leads to the writing of a small dissertation and to an oral presentation.

Website of the projects

Individual decision-making and market equilibrium - 50 hours
Tristan TomalaBruno BiaisJohan Hombert

  • Choice theory and introduction to welfare economics.
  • Consumer theory.
  • Social choice (preference aggregation and manipulability).
  • Producer theory.
  • Choice under uncertainty (expected utility, risk aversion).
  • General equilibrium, fundamental welfare theorems.
  • Asset markets and general equilibrium under uncertainty.
  • Externalities and public goods.
  • No trade theorem, rational expectations.

Economic Growth - 50 hours
Georgy LukyanovAlessandro Riboni

  • Neoclassical growth model.
  • Public policies in the neoclassical growth model.
  • Structural transformation.
  • Inequality, political economy of growth.
  • The overlapping generations model.
  • Public policies and bubbles in the overlapping-generations model.
  • Product variety model.
  • Schumpeterian growth.

The Linear Regression Model and Extensions - 40 hours
Sebastien RouxThierry Kamionka

In this course we introduce the linear regression model and its theoretical foundations. We present and discuss the methods to estimate such models, i-e to define the parameters of interest, estimate them and test their statistical significance, under different sets of assumptions (homoskedasticity or heteroscedasticity, exogeneity or endogeneity), specifications (simple or multiple regression) or types of data (cross-sectional, panel data, time series).

Outline:
1. Introduction to econometrics
2. The Simple Regression Model
3. Multiple Regression Analysis:
A. Estimation
B. Inference
C. Asymptotics
4. Qualitative Information in Linear Regression
5. Heteroskedasticity
6. Repeated Cross Section and Panel Data
7. Instrumental Variables

Literature:
Angrist and Pischke: (2009): Mostly Harmless Econometrics, Princeton University Press.
Wooldridge (2013): Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th Edition, South-Western College Publishing.

Jean-Michel Zakoian

  • Generalities on univariate second-order stationary processes
  • Autocovariances, partial autocorrelations
  • Innovations
  • Wold theorem
  • Asymptotic properties of empirical moments.
  • AR, MA, ARMA, SARIMA processes
  • Canonical representation - Identification, estimation, tests and forecasting
  • Model building
  • Nonstationary models, Unit root tests.
  • Stationary vector processes
  • Multivariate AR models
  • Statistical Inference
  • Causality tests, impulse-response analysis.
  • Non-stationary vector processes and definition of cointegration
  • Cointegrated VAR models and error-correction models (ECM)
  • Estimation of cointegrated VAR
  • Testing for Cointegration.

Second Semester

Strategic Interactions and Information50 hours
Yukio KoriyamaOlivier Gossner

  • Normal form games, pure and mixed strategies, equilibrium concepts (dominance, rationalizability, Nash).
  • Imperfect competition (Cournot, Bertrand, Hotelling).
  • Extensive form games with perfect information, backwards induction.
  • Extensive form games with imperfect information (information sets), normal form representation.
  • Bayesian games, auctions, adverse selection, signaling, screening.
  • Equilibrium refinements (Perfect Bayesian equilibrium, sequential equilibrium).
  • Social choice and introduction to mechanism design.
  • Contract theory, principal agent models, risk sharing.

Business cycles - 50 hours
Jean-Baptiste Michau

  • Traditional macroeconomics: The IS-LM AD-AS model.
  • Consumption.
  • Investment; The ramsey model.
  • Determination of the price level.
  • Real business cycle theory.
  • The new Keynesian framework.
  • Asset pricing; The Aiyagari model.
  • Search models of the labor market.
  • International macroeconomics.
  • The Great Recession.

Nonlinear, Qualitative Data, and Panel Methods - 40 hours
Christian Belzil

  • Extremum Estimators 1st part: M-Estimators (Maximum Likelihood, Nonlinear Least squares).
  • Extremum Estimators 2nd part: GMM.
  • Hypothesis Testing: Wald, Lagrange Multipliers, Likelihood Ratio Statistics.
  • Instrumental Variables, 2SLS, Multiple-Equation GMM (if time).
  • Dynamic Panel Data: Instrumental Variables and GMM.
  • Binary Choice Models.
  • Multinomial and Ordered Choice Models.
  • Non-linear Panel Data Models.
  • Censored Regressions.
  • Duration Models.

Third Semester

 

During the third term, students must complete a research internship of at least 16 weeks. The internship must be either related to micro (ECO 591), to macro (ECO 592), or to finance (ECO 593).

Academic Prerequisites

Bachelor in economics, mathematics or social sciences (or the equivalent). A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.

In exceptional circumstances, students who have already completed the first year of an equivalent program with very good grades, may be directly admitted to the second year. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to apply for admission at both M1 and M2 level and/or to contact the program directors before applying.

Language Prerequisites

A certificate of competence in English (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL) Level B2. (Students who studied in English speaking Colleges are exempted).

Procedure

List of Documents 

  • A CV.
  • A photocopy of your ID.
  • A photocopy of your transcripts (Translated into English or into French for foreign candidates).
  • A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.
  • A certificate of competence in English (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL) Level B2. (Students who studied in English speaking Colleges are exempted).
  • A cover letter.
  • Two reference letters.

Fees and scholarships

Fees for 2023-2024 are :

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 4648€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 6839€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Please note that fees and scholarships may change for the following year. 

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

Jean-Baptiste Michau

Program office

Weronika Leduc

General enquiries

Admission office

Description

Institut Polytechnique de Paris and HEC Paris offer a two-year research-oriented program in economics entirely taught in English, that offers advanced training in economics through coursework and supervision by faculty. It is aimed at students who want to become professional economists working in government, central banking, international organizations, consulting, finance or in academic research.

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 can specialize within subfields of economics. By the end of that year, they should be at the research frontier within their main area of specialization and have gained successful research experience. They also write a first research paper for their PhD thesis.

A small subset of students may enter the program as "PhD Track" students. This program is aimed at students with a strong desire for research in quantitative economics who intend to continue towards a PhD in Economics at CREST and IP Paris.

At the end of the second year, students who has 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 candidate to obtain such funding (e.g., IP Paris provides a limited number of three-year doctoral fellowships). During the second year of the program, students who specialize in financial economics or economic theory and decision sciences may also apply to the PhD program at HEC Paris. Students who entered the Master program may also progress to the research phase of the PhD program.

  • Language of instruction: English
  • ECTS: 120
  • Oriented: Research
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Courses Location: IP Paris – Ecole polytechnique and ENSAE - and HEC Paris

In partnership with:

 

Goals

The goal of this program is to 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.

In the first year, students get acquainted with the most important analytical techniques used in economics. The training is mostly devoted to acquiring the most important tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics through a complete core course training, as well as completing a research internship.

During the second year, students can specialize within a sub-area of economics. Fields of excellence and potential areas of specialization, include:

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

Throughout the second year, students conduct a research project and write a master’s dissertation under the direction of a faculty member.

Career prospects

The wide variety of courses, seminars, projects and internships proposed during the master offers the possibility, for every student, to build his/her own curriculum in economics. There are many job opportunities available immediately after the master, for instance in government agencies, international organizations, consulting, finance. Students may join PhD programs in international universities.

Institutional partners: HEC Paris

Industrial partners

Industrial partners: The internship program at the end of the first-year gives students an opportunity to apply their quantitative skills and knowledge to real-life problems at well-known national and international institutions, companies, and organizations. Examples of such institutions having hired interns in the past include BNP-Paribas, EDF, Lafarge, the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, DG Trésor, etc. Our department also has long-term research partnerships with EDF, AXA, Deloitte, Société Générale, etc.

Outline of the First Year: M1

All courses are mandatory.

S1 First Semester
Courses:

  • ECO 550 - Microeconomics 1: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 551 - Macroeconomics 1: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 552B - Econometrics 1: 6 ECTS.
  • ECO558 - Introduction to Time Series Econometrics: 2 ECTS.

S2 Second Semester
Courses:

  • ECO 560 - Microeconomics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 561 - Macroeconomics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • ECO 562B - Advanced Econometrics 2: 8 ECTS.
  • S1 & S2
  • ECO 511 - Project in Applied Economics: 4 ECTS.

S3 Third Semester
Internship: 8 ECTS.

First Semester

(end of August, beginning of September)

Mathematics, Optimization, Probability, and Statistical Inference - 36 hours
Nicolas VieillePierre-Edouard Collignon

  • Basic calculus.
  • Linear algebra.
  • Static and dynamic optimization.
  • Basic probability theory.
  • Statistical inference.

Introduction to Stata - 8 hours
Germain Gauthier

The objective of this course is to allow participants to be able to work and conduct their own empirical analyses with the statistical software STATA, which is one of the leading programs used by researchers in econometrics.

The course will be taught in a very applied way using real-world datasets, covering basic commands, data management, data manipulation, graphs, statistical analysis, regression analysis (cross sectional data, time series, panel data, and qualitative data) and basic programing (more specifically loops).

Over the whole year

Coordinators: Alessandro RiboniGeoffrey Barrows

Students must work in groups of 2 or 3. They should rely on a statistical software, such as Stata, to apply econometric methods to a dataset. This work leads to the writing of a small dissertation and to an oral presentation.

Website of the projects

Individual decision-making and market equilibrium - 50 hours
Tristan TomalaBruno BiaisJohan Hombert

  • Choice theory and introduction to welfare economics.
  • Consumer theory.
  • Social choice (preference aggregation and manipulability).
  • Producer theory.
  • Choice under uncertainty (expected utility, risk aversion).
  • General equilibrium, fundamental welfare theorems.
  • Asset markets and general equilibrium under uncertainty.
  • Externalities and public goods.
  • No trade theorem, rational expectations.

Economic Growth - 50 hours
Georgy LukyanovAlessandro Riboni

  • Neoclassical growth model.
  • Public policies in the neoclassical growth model.
  • Structural transformation.
  • Inequality, political economy of growth.
  • The overlapping generations model.
  • Public policies and bubbles in the overlapping-generations model.
  • Product variety model.
  • Schumpeterian growth.

The Linear Regression Model and Extensions - 40 hours
Sebastien RouxThierry Kamionka

In this course we introduce the linear regression model and its theoretical foundations. We present and discuss the methods to estimate such models, i-e to define the parameters of interest, estimate them and test their statistical significance, under different sets of assumptions (homoskedasticity or heteroscedasticity, exogeneity or endogeneity), specifications (simple or multiple regression) or types of data (cross-sectional, panel data, time series).

Outline:
1. Introduction to econometrics
2. The Simple Regression Model
3. Multiple Regression Analysis:
A. Estimation
B. Inference
C. Asymptotics
4. Qualitative Information in Linear Regression
5. Heteroskedasticity
6. Repeated Cross Section and Panel Data
7. Instrumental Variables

Literature:
Angrist and Pischke: (2009): Mostly Harmless Econometrics, Princeton University Press.
Wooldridge (2013): Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th Edition, South-Western College Publishing.

Jean-Michel Zakoian

  • Generalities on univariate second-order stationary processes
  • Autocovariances, partial autocorrelations
  • Innovations
  • Wold theorem
  • Asymptotic properties of empirical moments.
  • AR, MA, ARMA, SARIMA processes
  • Canonical representation - Identification, estimation, tests and forecasting
  • Model building
  • Nonstationary models, Unit root tests.
  • Stationary vector processes
  • Multivariate AR models
  • Statistical Inference
  • Causality tests, impulse-response analysis.
  • Non-stationary vector processes and definition of cointegration
  • Cointegrated VAR models and error-correction models (ECM)
  • Estimation of cointegrated VAR
  • Testing for Cointegration.

Second Semester

Strategic Interactions and Information50 hours
Yukio KoriyamaOlivier Gossner

  • Normal form games, pure and mixed strategies, equilibrium concepts (dominance, rationalizability, Nash).
  • Imperfect competition (Cournot, Bertrand, Hotelling).
  • Extensive form games with perfect information, backwards induction.
  • Extensive form games with imperfect information (information sets), normal form representation.
  • Bayesian games, auctions, adverse selection, signaling, screening.
  • Equilibrium refinements (Perfect Bayesian equilibrium, sequential equilibrium).
  • Social choice and introduction to mechanism design.
  • Contract theory, principal agent models, risk sharing.

Business cycles - 50 hours
Jean-Baptiste Michau

  • Traditional macroeconomics: The IS-LM AD-AS model.
  • Consumption.
  • Investment; The ramsey model.
  • Determination of the price level.
  • Real business cycle theory.
  • The new Keynesian framework.
  • Asset pricing; The Aiyagari model.
  • Search models of the labor market.
  • International macroeconomics.
  • The Great Recession.

Nonlinear, Qualitative Data, and Panel Methods - 40 hours
Christian Belzil

  • Extremum Estimators 1st part: M-Estimators (Maximum Likelihood, Nonlinear Least squares).
  • Extremum Estimators 2nd part: GMM.
  • Hypothesis Testing: Wald, Lagrange Multipliers, Likelihood Ratio Statistics.
  • Instrumental Variables, 2SLS, Multiple-Equation GMM (if time).
  • Dynamic Panel Data: Instrumental Variables and GMM.
  • Binary Choice Models.
  • Multinomial and Ordered Choice Models.
  • Non-linear Panel Data Models.
  • Censored Regressions.
  • Duration Models.

Third Semester

 

During the third term, students must complete a research internship of at least 16 weeks. The internship must be either related to micro (ECO 591), to macro (ECO 592), or to finance (ECO 593).

Academic Prerequisites

Bachelor in economics, mathematics or social sciences (or the equivalent). A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.

In exceptional circumstances, students who have already completed the first year of an equivalent program with very good grades, may be directly admitted to the second year. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to apply for admission at both M1 and M2 level and/or to contact the program directors before applying.

Language Prerequisites

A certificate of competence in English (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL) Level B2. (Students who studied in English speaking Colleges are exempted).

Procedure

List of Documents 

  • A CV.
  • A photocopy of your ID.
  • A photocopy of your transcripts (Translated into English or into French for foreign candidates).
  • A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.
  • A certificate of competence in English (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL) Level B2. (Students who studied in English speaking Colleges are exempted).
  • A cover letter.
  • Two reference letters.

Fees and scholarships

Fees for 2023-2024 are :

  • EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 4648€
  • Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students: 6839€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Please note that fees and scholarships may change for the following year. 

Applications and admission dates

Coordinator

Jean-Baptiste Michau

Program office

Weronika Leduc

General enquiries

Admission office