Our research environment combines profound knowledge of the principles governing modern economics and rigorous statistical and econometric tools. These attributes help the Institute be established as a center of excellence in applied economics and econometrics, in domains ranging from international trade to labor markets and migration, to development and environmental issues, to banking and finance, to panel data and time series models, and so on.

The Institute’s research is not only limited to publications in top scientific journals, but also consists in collaborative work with many of the international organizations located in Geneva and elsewhere, such as the World Trade Organization, UNCTAD, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the International Trade Center, the World Bank, CIMMYT, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Weekly seminars, conferences, joint research projects, and internships allow the Institute to have a significant positive impact outside the scientific community.

Our researchers are also committed to helping the cause of a better world with many of them advising international organizations, national and local governments in both developing and developed countries on topics that range from inequality, poverty, unemployment, and human development to socio-economic impacts of desertification, export promotion, diversification, and globalization, as well as on modeling issues.


Research video series


Are tests a good way of measuring ability?

In this video, Professor Caterina Calsamiglia presents her research aiming at answering the following question: to what extent does one exam predict how well you will do at college?

20 October 2021


Trade Policies, Labor Concerns, and the Protectionist Backlash

In this video, Professors Céline Carrère, Monika Mrázová and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud present their research on how the current rise in protectionism impacts trade and labor.

19 October 2021


Distance Learning in Higher Education. Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

In this video, Professors Jérémy Lucchetti and Michele Pellizzari present their research on the effects of distance learning in higher education. It shows that the overall impact of online learning is to deepen inequalities between more and less able students.

23 June 2021

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Sovereign debt sustainability in advanced economies

In this video, Professor Jean-Charles Rochet presents his research on sovereign debt aimed at answering the following question: what is the maximum debt-to-GDP ratio that is sustainable by a government?

10 June 2021



SELECTED publications


Coe, N., Iammarino, S., Kerr, W., Patacchini, E. & Robert-Nicoud, F. (2021)
Editorial: into a third decade.
Journal of Economic Geography 21(2), 165–168.

Fadinger, H., Ghiglino, C. & Teteryatnikova, M. (2021)
Income Differences, Productivity and Input-Output Networks.
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.
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Galeottia, A. & Ghiglino, C. (2021)
Cross-ownership and portfolio choice.
Journal of Economic Theory, 192.

Kitagawa, T., & Tetenov, A. (2021)
Equality-Minded Treatment Choice
Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 39(2), 561–574.

Maggi, G., Mrázová, M. & Neary, J. P. (2021)
Choked by Red Tape? The Political Economy of Wasteful Trade Barriers.
International Economic Review.

Mrázová, M., Neary, J. P. & Parenti, M. (2021)
Sales and Markup Dispersion: Theory and Empirics.
Econometrica, 89(4), 1753–1788.

Vogel, J., Steinberger, J. K., O'Neill, D. W., Lambca, W. F., & Krishnakumard, J. (2021)
Socio-economic conditions for satisfying human needs at low energy use: An international analysis of social provisioning.
Global Environmental Change, 69.

De Giorgi, G., Frederiksen, A., & Pistaferri, L. (2020)
Consumption Networks Effects
The Review of Economic Studies, 87(1), 130–163.

Bochet, O., Lucchetti, J., Leroux, J., & Sinclair-Dersgagné, B. (2019)
Collective risk-taking in the commons
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 163, 277–296.

Calderon, G., Cunha, J. M., & De Giorgi, G. (2019)
Business Literacy and Development: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural Mexico
Economic Development and Cultural Change, 68(2).

Cunha, J. M., De Giorgi, G., & Jayachandran, S. (2019)
The Price Effects of Cash Versus In-Kind Transfers
The Review of Economic Studies, 86(1), 240–281.

Daubanes, J., & Rochet, J.-C. (2019)
The Rise of NGO Activism
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 11(4), 183–212.

Di Falco, S.Lucchetti, J., Veronesi, M., & Kohlin, G. (2019)
Property Rights, Land Disputes and Water Scarcity: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia
American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 102(1), 54–71.

Leonardi, M., Pellizzari, M., & Tabasso, D. (2019)
Wage Compression within the Firm: Evidence from an Indexation Scheme
The Economic Journal, 129(624), 3256–3291.

Mrázová, M., & Neary, J. P. (2019)
Selection Effects with Heterogeneous Firms
Journal of the European Economic Association, 17(4), 1294–1334.

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Essays on environmental and urban economics (Mahajan, A. 2020)

Three essays on the Chinese economy (Yuan, W. 2020)

Three Essays on Trade Policy (Solleder, J.-M. 2020)

Essays in international trade (Wichmann, E. 2020)

Skills, tasks and skill-biased technological change in cities (Hug, J. 2019)

Four essays in behavioral economics and information security (Döll, O. 2019)

Three essays on the economics of immigration (Nguyen, T. 2018)

Essays in trade and urban economics (Grujovic, A. 2018)

Issues in international economics: from commercial policies to the advent of online trade (Boffa, M. 2016)

Beyond tariffs: three essays on non-conventional impediments to trade (Bratt, M. 2016)


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Essays on equality of opportunity (Essais sur l’égalité des chances) (Javadekar, S. S. 2020)

Heretogeneity and international economics (Trachsel, V. 2018)

Heterogeneous coefficient identification and estimation in econometric models (Theler, R. 2018)

Varying coefficient models in presence of endogeneity (Benini, G. 2017)

Three essays in econometrics: robust model and moment selection in GMM and an application of semi-parametric Taylor rules (De Porres Ortiz De Urbina, C. 2016)

Essays in financial econometrics (Kadilli, A. 2016)

Capabilities opportunities and public policies: analyses through Simultaneous Equation Models with latent variables (Nogales Carvajal, C. R. 2016)


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