Augustin Landier - Associated Professor at the University of Toulouse
"There are several reasons that make TSE a very special place for an economist. First, it is undoubtedly a world-famous research center, where a real intellectual adventure is taking place. The circulation of ideas, the frequent conversations between researchers remind me of MIT where I did my PhD. Interacting on a daily basis with researchers who are at the technology frontier in economic theory creates that special intense atmosphere, both stimulating and collegial, which is the mark of TSE. But TSE is also a community of economists which takes part in public policy debates and whose thinking is inspired by concrete regulatory or industrial questions. Research here is often nourished by interactions with private and public sector partners of the school. The debate on the carbon tax is a good example of that dynamics. For me, this mix of theory and sense of reality is economics at its best. After 11 years in the US academic system, I am very happy to be back to Europe. The French academic system has evolved tremendously during that time. I am very grateful to those who were the pioneers of this evolution."
Ernesto Pasten - Junior Chair
"My experience in the Foundation---and, more broadly, in TSE---has just been great. Every day I learn something new. There are so many great colleagues to interact with, so many visitors, so many seminar series—virtually in any topic in economics, and so many great conferences to attend. Every day I learn about interesting economic phenomena, new perspectives to understand the world, new economic tools, and new issues in relevant policy discussions. In summary, everything a young researcher like me could dream of. And, on the top of that, it is a lot of fun.
Regarding myself, I was born in Chile and I have got my PhD from Boston University in 2008. My research so far has studied the interplay between policy and expectations from two different perspectives. The first one is about the dynamics of the credibility that citizens assign that a given announced policy will be carry out. The second one is about the leverage that policy has in economic environments where self-fulfilling prophecies are possible."
Christoph Rothe - Junior Chair
"When I obtained the offer from TSE last year, I was very excited to join one of the leading economics departments in Europe and the world. TSE provides a great research environment, having renowned experts not only in my particular field of interest, but in almost all areas economic research. It is thus an excellent place to discuss ideas with people from different backgrounds, and to start collaborative research projects. I also enjoy the broad range of seminars and locally organized conferences, allowing in particular young researcher like me to establish international connections to other institutions. In short, I believe that TSE is an excellent place for a career as a researcher in economics, and am happy having the opportunity to be here."