Research at ENSAE Paris

Research at ENSAE Paris is led by the Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST), a joint research unit (UMR status) in partnership with École Polytechnique and The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), located in the brand new ENSAE building.

The Center for Research in Economics and Statistics

The common culture of CREST is characterized by a strong regard for quantitative methods, data, mathematical modeling, and the cross-fertilization of theoretical models and empirical evidence to analyze concrete economic and societal problems.

  • 120 professors, researchers and PhD students
  • 4 main fields: Economics, Statistics, Finance-Insurance and Sociology
  • 1 Laboratory of Excellence in Economics and Decision Sciences (LabEx Ecodec, in partnership with HEC Paris)
  • 1 secure on-site data hub (Equipex CASD, a public joint venture between ENSAE Paris, INSEE, CNRS, École Polytechnique and HEC Paris)


Labex ECODEC is a government-financed research initiative dedicated the study of Economics and Decision Making, merging academics in economics and statistics from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE (and their joint research center CREST) as well as HEC Paris. ECODEC is aimed at promoting research work undertaken by researchers of participating entities, implementing high-level training programs (PhD, training for top-level civil servants…), building partnerships with private companies, especially in sectors such as marketing, data analysis, strategic management, HR, or corporate decision evaluation.

PhD and integrated PhD programs within Institut Polytechnique de Paris

The objective of the PhD programs of the newly founded IP Paris, in cooperation with HEC Paris, is to attract the brightest local and international students. Students aiming to develop highly specialized and research-oriented skills can even start their research project at a Master level (5-year integrated PhD programs, or ‘PhD track’).

ENSAE Paris is closely involved in 4 such programs within IP Paris: