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


Di Falco, S., & Vieider, F. M. (2022). Environmental Adaptation of Risk Preferences. The Economic Journal.

Fadinger, H., Ghiglino, C., & Teteryatnikova, M. (2022). Income Differences, Productivity, and Input-Output Networks. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 14(2), 367–415.

Maggi, G., Mrázová, M., & Neary, J. P. (2022). Choked by red tape? The political economy of wasteful trade barriers. International Economic Review.

Mammen, E., & Sperlich, S. (2022). Backfitting tests in generalized structured models. Biometrika.

Amodio, F., Choi, J., De Giorgi, G., & Rahman, A. (2021). Bribes vs. taxes: Market structure and incentives. Journal of Comparative Economics.

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.

Fretz, S., Parchet, R., & Robert-Nicoud, F. (2021). Highways, market access and spatial sorting. The Economic Journal.

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.

Mrázová, M., Neary, J. P., & Parenti, M. (2021). Sales and markup dispersion: Theory and empirics. Econometrica, 89(4), 1753–1788.

Peñaranda, F., Rodríguez-Poo, J. M., & Sperlich, S. (2021). Nonparametric specification testing of conditional asset pricing models. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics.

Peri, G., & Robert-Nicoud, F. (2021). On the economic geography of climate change. Journal of Economic Geography, 21(4), 487–491.

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.

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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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)


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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)


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