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
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
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
Fadinger, H., Ghiglino, C., & Teteryatnikova, M. (2022). Income Differences, Productivity, and Input-Output Networks. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 14(2), 367–415.
Cacault, M. P., Hildebrand, C., Laurent-Lucchetti, J., & Pellizzari, M. (2021). Distance Learning in Higher Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment. Journal of the European Economic Association, 19(4), 2322–2372.
De Giorgi, G., Drenik, A., & Seira, E. (2021). The extension of credit with non-exclusive contracts and sequential banking externalities. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
Galeottia, A., & Ghiglino, C. (2021). Cross-ownership and portfolio choice. Journal of Economic Theory, 192.
Peñaranda, F., Rodríguez-Poo, J. M., & Sperlich, S. (2021). Nonparametric specification testing of conditional asset pricing models. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics.
Reluga, K., Lombardía, M.-J., & Sperlich, S. (2021). Simultaneous inference for empirical best predictors with a poverty study in small areas. Journal of the American Statistical Association.
Vogel, J., Steinberger, J. K., O'Neill, D. W., Lambca, W. F., & Krishnakumar, J. (2021). Socio-economic conditions for satisfying human needs at low energy use: An international analysis of social provisioning. Global Environmental Change, 69.
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).
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.
> For a complete list, please visit our Knowledge & Publications page.
RECENT PH.D. THESES
Three Essays on Development, Environmental, and Behavioural Economics (Doku, A. Y. 2021)
Essais on interstate conflict and international trade (Flores Gonzalez, M. 2021)
Three Essays on Resource Allocation in China (Ouyang, D. 2021)
Labor Market Policies in Informal Labor Markets (Pignatti, C. 2021)
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)
> Click here for more information on the Ph.D. in Economics program.
Contributions to the theory and practice of latent variable modelling and causal inference (Falciola, J. 2021)
Poverty, inequality, and networks: new approaches for operationalization (Vargas Yanez, I. 2021)
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)
> Click here for more information on the Ph.D. in Econometrics program.