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Research Master/M2 GAEXA “Game Theory, Experiments and Applied Econometrics’’

A master in Applied Public Economics

Class photo of Master GAEXA 2013-2014

The Research Master/M2R GAEXA “Game Theory, Experimental Economics, Applied Econometrics” is a program for and by research in applied microeconomics as practiced in academia, large firms or civil service. It is a one-year program, at level M2. [1]

The Fall term consists in Courses to acquire tools in three complementary domains of contemporary quantitative microeconomics :
- Game Theory and Applications incl. Cooperative Games and Networks ;
- Experimental Economics and Applications incl. Behavioral economics, Markets, Incentives, Social preferences, Protocols Programming ;
- Applied Econometrics incl. Labor & Spatial Economics ;
- Optional module available for personalized projects.
All courses are in English.

In the Spring term, the students apply these tools in a professionalizing research experience during a Research Internship with our research partners. They write a research report, that is evaluated in a public defense early July.

Application & Fee
GAEXA is the final
year of the masters :

Quantitative Economics

Economic Engineering

GAEXA is designed to train students to become autonomous researchers. The career prospects are in research, following three broad ways : Academic PhD, professional PhD or, directly, analyst in the domain of research of their Internship.
The Internship allows the students to acquire a professional experience in research and to develop a network in their elected field of application. Such an involvement creates employment opportunities, but also favors CIFRE PhD. [2]

GAEXA is hosted at, and supported by, the GATE CNRS research center, top-level French research center, ranked highest (A+) by AERES in 2010.
Hosting at the GATE research center allows the students to be in close contact with applied research in economics : presence of the researchers and PhD students, local conferences, seminar series, laboratory experiments,...
Courses take place at the two main sites of the research center, in Lyon or Saint Etienne. Students elect the location of their choice. All the courses are videoconferenced.

GAEXA is endorsed by

Applicants in possession of any one of the following degrees will be auditioned for admission :
- 1st year of Master Economie Quantitative of Université Lyon 2 or of Master Economic Engineering of Université St-Etienne,
- First year master degree (M1) in quantitative or formal economics or econometrics,
- French titles of M1 MASS or proceeding from Grandes Ecoles,
- Any 4-year formal/mathematical/quantitative degree provided the applicant has a well-constructed research project in economics.

TARGET GROUP SIZE : 12 students

Practical Issues : Administration, Housing, Fellowships...

Faculty : Our research themes

Resources : Laboratory, Data, Software...
Directors & Informal Inquiries
- Sonia Paty, Prof. at Université Lumière Lyon 2,
- Philippe Solal, Prof. at Université Jean Monnet,

Last updated : 27 sept 2013

[1] GAEXA was formerly the Research M.Sc. “Quantitative Economics of Behaviors and Markets”, in French M2R EQCM "Économie quantitative des comportements et des marchés", still referenced on Campusfrance’s programs taught in English.

[2] A CIFRE PhD is a 3-year paid contract between a private or public employer to undertake research jointly with a public research center.