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Established in 1997, GATE has merged with the CREUSET institute from the University Jean Monnet St Etienne in January 2010 to form “GATE Lyon St Etienne”. GATE Lyon St Etienne is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR), affiliated with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the University Lumière Lyon 2, with University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, University Jean Monnet St Etienne and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

The Director is Sonia Paty, Professor at the University Lyon 2. Antoinette Baujard, Assistant Professor at the University Jean Monnet St Etienne, is Deputy Director of the institute. The institute counts more than 100 members, including more than 50 researchers and 30 PhD students

GATE studies interactions and coordination between economic agents : networking, cooperation between agents, externalities. Researchers use mathematics and quantitative methods derived from theoretical and applied microeconomics, econometrics, experimental economics, as well as other disciplines. The fields of investigation range from fundamental research (evidence of interaction facts, formal representation of networks and agglomeration effects, normative analysis) to applied research (evaluation of monetary, urban, health, competition, and innovation plolicies) to finalized research (economic studies, policy recommendations).
Its research fields are thus complementary : "Theory of games, collective choices and markets" ; "Behavioral economy" ; "Public policies and space" ; "Macroeconomics, finance, history".

The international recognition of GATE Lyon-St-Etienne is firmly established for basic research in behavioral economics and cooperative gaming theory.
GATE Lyon-St-Etienne is equipped in Ecully with a leading GATE-LAB experimental platform led by Marie Claire Villeval that allows researchers in behavioral and experimental economics to conduct studies on human decision-making behavior with a large variety of experimental protocols.
The Associated International Laboratory CHINEQ, « Inequalities in China : empirical and experimental approaches, co-directed by Sylvie Démurger and Li Shi, is a collaboration between GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne and the School of Business (SEBA) of the Normal University of Beijing. It aims to promote the development of new collaborations on the theme of inequalities in China and to provide innovative perspectives on the issues of production and transmission of inequalities in a rapidly changing environment.

GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne is home to the EuroLIO valuation unit of Jean Monnet University (European Localized Innovation Observatory), headed by Corinne Autant-Bernard. Its engineers realize, on order or call for tender, studies based on geolocated data to answer specific needs of diagnostics in the field of innovation and public policies evaluation.

Its evaluation by the HCERES in 2015 emphasized the dominant scientific position of the laboratory and its international visibility through the constitution of fields of excellence. The researchers in the laboratory publish in the best journals of the discipline : American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Health Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Economics, Journal of Economic Economics, Public Choice, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Geography.

GATE Lyon-St-Etienne publishes a series of Working Papers, and organizes several series of seminars. It organizes national and international events (congresses of the Economic Science Association, the Association for Public Economic Theory, Journées de l’AFSE, Doctorales ADRES, ...). It is a scientific partner of the Journées de l’Economie and an institutional member of AFSE and ASFEE. The laboratory is associated with the Research Federation MAELYSE (Economics Management Lyon Saint-Etienne) and the Laboratoires d’Excellence CORTEX (Construction, Cognitive Function, Rehabilitation and Repair of the Cortex) andIMU (Intelligence of Urban Worlds) Initiatives of Excellence program. The laboratory also supports the IDEX project.

GATE Lyon-St-Etienne develops international research cooperations with more than 60 foreign universities including : University of California at Santa Barbara, Appalachian State University, George Mason University, University of Sydney, Monash University, New York University Abu Dhabi, University of Amsterdam, Laval University of Quebec, Beijing Normal University, Aarhus School of Business, University of São Paolo, etc.
Exchange programs allow PhD students to spend 6 months abroad during their doctoral studies.


Research activities spread in four main thematic areas :

  • Behavioral Economics (Head : B.Corgnet)
  • Macroeconomics, Finance and Economic History (Head : C. Cornand. )

- Activity report

- AERES report