Economics, management, finance

Presentation

Through the teaching of economics and finance, the school is continuing a tradition of excellence that dates back to the pioneering work of Jules Dupuit (1844) on measuring utility and financing public works. This tradition has continued with Jean Tirole, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work in industrial economics on market power and regulation, and for his analysis of the strategies of the network industries.

A robust core curriculum and two options

The Department educates engineers for careers in project financing in banking and consultancy, for risk management careers in banking and insurance, but also for careers in economics or econometrics in national and international public institutions, research centers and statistical studies institutes, or in the strategy departments of big companies.

  • Economics: expertise in economic calculus, urban economics and sustainable development, transportation economics and development economics
  • Finance: expertise in business finance and project finance

In each of the options, the curriculum focuses on economic and social affairs and on the engineering professions with an emphasis on contributions by professionals and on operational projects.

High-quality partnership programs

  • Masters in Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) with Paris School of Economics (PSE)
  • Masters in Public Policy and Development (PPD) with Paris School of Economics (PSE)
  • Double degree with the HEC business school in Entrepreneurship and in Strategic Management
  • Double degree with Sciences-Po (School of Political Science): Masters in Public Policy, Masters in International Affairs, Masters in European Affairs
  • Third-year Infrastructure Project Finance (IPF), in partnership with Columbia University

From training abroad to double degrees

Other degrees abroad can be accredited by the Department as equivalent to a third year at the School: the most popular destinations are:

  • MSc in Financial Engineering, MSc in Management Science and Engineering, University of Columbia
  • Master of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • MSc in Management Science, Stanford University
  • MSc in Finance, MIT, Sloan School of Business
  • MSc in Economics, MIT
  • MSc in Economics, London School of Economics
  • MSc in Finance, London School of Economics

Career opportunities

Graduate engineers in economics have opportunities to use their skills in economic calculus and project financing in companies or institutions, where their theoretical knowledge will help them to take operational management decisions, in particular on investment choices. In managing projects with multiple dimensions, engineers in managerial roles will need to implement strategies for the optimal allocation of resources under technological and financial constraints, in conditions of uncertainty, and in an environment of imperfect competition.
After qualifying, student careers tend to move sooner or later into the banking, consultancy, and finance professions, but also decision support roles in public or private organizations, economic or statistical research departments, and into project financing.

  • Career opportunities following the Economics, Management and Finance program
  • A career as a financial analyst, stock market trader, product engineer on capital markets, senior banker or sector specialist in company financing, asset management consultant, risk analyst… in service enterprises (providing services to local authorities, economic research agencies, organization and management or strategy consultancies, audit firms, insurance companies, banks…)
  • Careers in economic, financial, and strategic analysis in industrial corporations in all sectors of the economy.
  • A career as an economist or project manager in a public body or agency at national or regional level, in regional government or district administrations.
  • Careers in public sector project analysis and finance at international, European or global level.

Structure

The Economics, Management and Finance program provides a central core of technical competencies combined with a choice of two specialisms. 

  • There is a dedicated half-day session set aside every week (one or two days a week for FCI students) for the Department Project throughout the second semester. The purpose of this project, carried out in groups of three, is to enable students to use the theoretical knowledge obtained through the different courses in economics and social sciences to answer a question asked by an organization (company, government department, voluntary sector association). The project gives students the opportunity to develop relations with professional partners, by placing them in the role of external observers called upon to resolve a concrete problem. Students are assessed on the basis of a report and presentation.
  • The End of Course Project (PFE) is a piece of work that marks the transition between engineering studies at the School and entry into working life. It consists of a full-time personal project lasting 4 to 6 months in the final semester of the third year, in partnership with an institution (public or private). It concludes with the submission of a detailed report and a presentation to a panel of teachers and experts at the School. The End of Course Project gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their analytical, technical and relational capacities within a professional context. In fact, it can be more operational than a traditional Masters thesis. In a sense, the student acts as a consultant to the partner organization, with a specific assignment focusing on a clear problem.

Alternatives in the third year

  • Masters in Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) with Paris School of Economics (PSE)
  • Masters in Public Policy and Development (PPD) with Paris School of Economics (PSE)
  • Double degree with the HEC business school in Entrepreneurship and in Strategic Management
  • Double degree with Sciences-Po (School of Political Science): Masters in Public Policy, Masters in International Affairs, Masters in European Affairs
  • Third-year Infrastructure Project Finance (IPF), in partnership with Columbia University

Other degrees abroad can be accredited by the Department as equivalent to a third year at the School: the most popular destinations are:

  • MSc in Financial Engineering, MSc in Management Science and Engineering, University of Columbia
  • Master of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • MSc in Management Science, Stanford University
  • MSc in Finance, MIT, Sloan School of Business
  • MSc in Economics, MIT
  • MSc in Economics, London School of Economics
  • MSc in Finance, London School of Economics

 

Contacts

Dominique JACQUET
Chairman
Ponts et Chaussées Civil Engineer, MBA from Insead, PhD in Management sciences, University Professor. 
After starting his career in business in American and French firms (financial controller, treasurer, administrative and financial director), he joined the academic world. A professor and head of the Masters program in financial management at Université de Paris-ouest-Nanterre-La-Défense, he teaches financial strategy at École des Ponts, as well as at Cedep and Insead, where he contributes to the work of the Social Innovation Center.

Abdelkader SLIFI
Academic Director

PhD in economics from Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
He has 10 years experience in teaching, mainly macroeconomics and industrial economics, notably at Université de Paris 9 Dauphine, Sciences-Po, and Institut Telecom. In 2008, he contributed to the work “Keynes and Macroeconomics after 70 years”. He is involved in the governance of a structure that provides support and funding for business creation and innovation.

Sandrine CALVARY
Inspector of studies
01.64.15.39.52

Josiane NIETO
Teaching assistant
01.64.15.39.70

Delphine du Pasquier
Librarian
01.64.15.34.68