Honors Program

The Institute of Economics and Econometrics has set up an honors program for Bachelor students enrolled in GSEM courses. This program allows a selected number of exceptional students to work in close collaboration with IEE faculty on current research projects.



This program offers a unique and distinctive learning environment and aims to promote student knowledge of academic research by providing close contact with faculty and researchers. Amongst other activities, students attend the IEE weekly research seminars where internationally renowned scholars discuss their ongoing research.



Students of the Honors Program are selected based on their strong interest in research and their outstanding grades in the fields of economics, econometrics, and statistics.

They share an office located within the Institute of Economics and Econometrics for close interaction with faculty and Ph.D. students, igniting novel research ideas.



Honors Program


Anastasia ZAMBONI

Participant in the 2022/2023 program

"Participating in the Honors Program has been an incredible blessing, as it complemented my university classes with targeted and advanced learning, broadening my horizons and improving my academic development.

Attending research seminars has enabled me to learn cutting-edge research tools used by the global academic community and has shaped my awareness of the key topics in the contemporary economics research. Furthermore, I was allowed to delve into sustainable finance and perfect my data-analysis skills by supporting the research on the pricing of Sustainability-Linked Bonds.

Thanks to my status of Honors Student, I had the extraordinary opportunity to dine with Nobel Prize Laureate Esther Duflo and discuss her research and achievements with her, alongside other brilliant members of the faculty. This occasion represented a great source of inspiration for my career and personal life, which I am beyond grateful for."



Participant in the 2022/2023 program

"Participating in the Honors program has been an unmatched experience during my bachelor's studies. The chance to attend weekly research seminars of IEE and to interact with professors, and scholars of international acclaim has not only broadened my horizon but also provided an avenue to pursue deeper reflection on frontier topics in economics. These seminars provided a gateway into the diverse nature of the field. 

Another highlight of the program was the possibility of assisting professors in their work and learn more about research methods. In addition to honing my research skills, I was also introduced to a plethora of tools used in research which also aided in my comprehension of subjects covered during my studies. This experience has been profoundly enriching and I thank both Prof Robert-Nicoud and Prof De Giorgi for creating such an engaging learning environment!"



Participant in the 2022/2023 program

"The IEE Honours Program offers a unique opportunity to gain direct insight into economic research and engage with professors from the Institute. It provides a one-of-a-kind chance to look ahead and grasp what an academic career could entail. Additionally, through close contact with faculty members and their direct coaching, students discover possibilities for the future they hadn't previously imagined. Personally, I wouldn't have considered applying for programs at institutions like LSE or Pre-Doctoral programs if it weren't for the IEE Honours Program. Even for those not inclined towards research, the program remains immensely valuable, offering clarity on their interests and fostering aspirations for excellence in their chosen field."


Frédéric MONNIER

Participant in the 2022/2023 program

"Participating in the IEE Honors Program has been a transformative experience, enriching my academic journey at the Geneva School of Economics and Management. Engaging closely with esteemed faculty and fellow students in weekly research seminars broadened my horizons and deepened my understanding of economics.

The highlight was contributing to cutting-edge research in impact investing metrics, working alongside dedicated professors and international actors. Exploring this intersection of economics, finance and social impact has been rewarding, applying theoretical concepts to practical solutions. The program's supportive environment and mentorship have sharpened my research skills and fostered collaboration. It's been an invaluable opportunity shaping my academic and professional aspirations."



Participant in the 2021/2022 program

"The Honors Program at the IEE has definitely been the most remarkable experience of my bachelor studies at the University of Geneva. I was initially struck by the great complexity of the work presented during the institute's weekly seminars. However, each week, the valuable exchanges with Prof. Robert-Nicoud, Prof. De Giorgi, and the other students taught me to grasp this complexity and understand the reasoning and tools used by researchers in economics worldwide. In addition to expanding my knowledge and sharpening my economist's intuition, participation in the program also definitely helped me excel in the most challenging courses of my curriculum. Finally, this first immersion in the world of research is a superb opportunity for students who, like me, wish to pursue their studies with a Master's degree from a prestigious university. The IEE Honors Program is truly a unique experience for all students interested in economics and the world of academic research. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover the activities of the GSEM, to personally get to know the institute's professors, to develop technical skills, satisfy intellectual curiosity, and build a great network of peers. A big thank you to Prof. Robert-Nicoud and Prof. De Giorgi for their invitation and incredible dedication during the entire program !"


Jinyu (Joanna) RUAN

Participant in the 2020/2021 program

"Joining the IEE Honors Program was one of the best experiences during my time at the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

It is a door, one that gives you direct access to the true, current, world of research in economics.
It is a time machine, one that allows you to leap ahead of your Bachelors and work side by side with professors and Ph.D. students.
It is a bridge, between the theories learned in class and practice.
It is a network, that allows you to connect with other like-minded and ambitious individuals.

I learned and gained so much from this program, from the diverse set of seminars on all sorts of topics related to economics (just look at the agenda!), the exchanges afterwards, the constant support of two wonderful professors, and the hands-on experience in research."



Participant in the 2019/2020 program

"Through the Honors Program I was able to deepen my knowledge in economics, push myself to further limits, and create invaluable connections with experts in the field. The professors created an easy atmosphere of learning by taking the time to explain and discuss questions after every seminar and were always there for career or general advice. In addition, the program brought the five of us closer together by equally pushing and supporting each other. To me, the program was the best part of this last bachelor’s year and I am so grateful to have been given the chance to take a part in it."

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