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Group for Economic Analysis and Theory


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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), principally affiliated with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and the University Lumière Lyon 2, and with secondary affiliations to University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, University Jean Monnet St Etienne and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
The Director is Marie Claire Villeval, Director of Research at CNRS, and the Deputy Director is Stephane Riou, Professor at the University Jean Monnet St Etienne. The institute counts 102 members.
GATE activities come under the fields of theoretical and applied economics. The institute has built an international reputation notably in experimental and behavioral economics and in game theory.
GATE researchers publish in the best-ranked journals in economics, including American Economic Review, Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Urban Economics, Social Choice and Welfare. Publications include also Science, Nature, and PNAS.

Research activities are organized in four main thematic areas

GATE - UMR 5824 Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique

  • Game Theory, Social Choice and Markets
    (Head: P. Solal)
  • Behavioral Economics
    (Head: S. Robin)
  • Public Policies and Spatial Economics
    (Head: S. Paty and C. Autant-Bernard)
  • Macroeconomics, Finance and Economic History
    (Head: C. Cornand)

Spoken languages

French and English


  • Coisnon, Thomas; Oueslati, Walid; Salanié, Julien; (2014) «Agri-environmental policy and urban development patterns: A general equilibrium analysis», American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96, 3, pp. 673-689
  • Béal, Sylvain; Rémila, Eric; Solal, Philippe; (2013) «An optimal bound to access the core in TU-games», Games and Economic Behavior, 80, 1 9
  • Kuhn, Peter; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2015) «Are women more attracted to cooperation than men?», Economic Journal, 125, 582, pp. 115–140
  • Houy, Nicolas; Jelovac, Izabela; (2014) «Drug launch timing and international reference pricing», Health Economics, A paraître
  • Houy, Nicolas; (2013) «Evolution of cooperation with similarity to an archetype», Journal of Theoretical Biology, 332, pp. 78-88
  • Robin, Stéphane; Rusinowska, Agnieszka; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2014) «Ingratiation: Experimental evidence», European Economic Review, 66, pp. 16-38
  • Madiès, Thierry; Villeval, Marie Claire; Wasmer, Malgorzata; (2013) «Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Strategic Uncertainty and Competition: A Field Experiment in a Swiss Bank», European Economic Review, 61, pp. 153-168
  • Nikiforakis, Nikos; (2013) «Is there selection bias in laboratory experiments? The case of social and risk preferences», Experimental Economics, 16, 3, pp. 372-382
  • Ruble, Richard; Versaevel, Bruno; (2014) «Market shares, R&D agreements, and the EU block exemption», International Review of Law and Economics, 37, pp. 15-25
  • Cornand, Camille; Heinemann, Frank; (2014) «Measuring agents' reaction to private and public information in games with strategic complementarities», Experimental Economics, 17, 1, pp. 61-77
  • Baujard, Antoinette; (2014) «Methodological challenges in Experimental Political Sciences. A review of “Experimental Political Science. Principles and Practices”, Edited by Bernhard Kittel, Wolfgang J. Luhan and Rebecca B. Morton, Palgrave Macmillan, ECPR, 2012, 280+xiv p», Social Choice and Welfare, A paraître
  • Combes, Pierre-Philippe; Combes, Pierre-Philippe; Démurger, Sylvie; Démurger, Sylvie; Li, Shi; Li, Shi; (2015) «Migration externalities in Chinese cities», European Economic Review, 76, pp. 152-167
  • Mitchell, Helen; Nikiforakis, Nikos; (2014) «Mixing the Carrots with the Sticks: Third Party Punishment and Reward», Experimental Economics, 17, 1, pp. 1-23
  • Billand, Pascal; Bravard, Christophe; Sarangi, Sudipta; (2013) «Modeling Resource Flow Asymmetries using Condensation Networks», Social Choice and Welfare, 41, 3, pp. 537-549
  • Dickinson, David; Masclet, David; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2015) «Norm Enforcement in Social Dilemmas: An Experiment with Police Commissioners», Journal of Public Economics.
  • Dequiedt, Vianney; Versaevel, Bruno; (2013) «Patent pools and dynamic R&D incentives», International Review of Law and Economics, 36, pp. 59-69
  • Villeval, Marie Claire; (2014) «Professional identity can increase dishonesty», Nature, 516, pp. 48-49
  • Bardsley, Peter; Erkal, Nisvan; Nikiforakis, Nikos; Wilkening, Tom; (2013) «Recursive Contracts, Firm Longevity and Rat Races: Experimental Evidence», European Economic Review, 61, pp. 217-231
  • Baeriswyl, Romain; Cornand, Camille; (2014) «Reducing Overreaction to Central Banks’ Disclosure: Theory and Experiment», Journal of the European Economic Association, 12, 4, pp. 1087–1126
  • Mcdonald, Ian M.; Nikiforakis, Nikos; Olekalns, Nilss; Sibly, Hugh; (2013) «Social comparisons and reference group formation: Some experimental evidence», Games and Economic Behavior, 79, pp. 75-89
  • Coisnon, Thomas; Oueslati, Walid; Salanié, Julien; (2014) «Spatial targeting of agri-environmental policies and urban development», Ecological Economics, 101, 33, pp. 33-42
  • Hammadou, Hakim; Paty, Sonia; Savona, Maria; (2014) «Strategic interactions in public R&D across EU-15 countries: A spatial econometric analysis», Research Policy, 43, 7, pp. 1217-1226
  • Lefebvre, Mathieu; Pestieau, Pierre; Riedl, Arno; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2014) «Tax Evasion and Social Information: An Experiment in Belgium, France and the Netherlands», International Tax and Public Finance, online
  • Charness, Gary; Masclet, David; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2014) «The Dark Side of Competition for Status», Management Science, 60, 1, pp. 38–55
  • Monnery, Benjamin; (2014) «The determinants of recidivism among ex-prisoners: a survival analysis on French data», Journal of Law and Economics, A paraître,
  • Houy, Nicolas; Zwicker, William; (2014) «The geometry of voting power: weighted voting and hyper-ellipsoids», Games and Economic Behavior, 84, pp. 7-16
  • Bjedov, Tsaja; Lapointe, Simon; Madiès, Thierry; (2014) «The impact of within-party and between-party ideological dispersion on fiscal outcomes: evidence from Swiss cantonal parliaments», Public Choice, 161, 1_2, pp. 209-232
  • Arbak, Emrah; Villeval, Marie Claire; (2013) «Voluntary Leadership: Selection and Influence», Social Choice and Welfare, 40, 3, pp. 635-662
  • Auray, Stéphane; Eyquem, Aurélien; Jouneau-Sion, Frédéric; (2014) «Wars and Capital Destruction», Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 41, pp. 224-240
  • Galeotti, Fabio; Zizzo, Daniel John; (2014) «What happens if you single out? An experiment », Social Choice and Welfare, 43, 3, pp. 703-729
  • Gavrel, Frédéric; Igersheim, Herrade; Laslier, Jean-Francois; Lebon, Isabelle; (2014) «Who's favored by Evaluative Voting? An experiment conducted during the 2012 French Presidential Election», Electoral Studies, 34, pp. 131-145
  • Villeval, M.C. (2012). Ready, Steady, Compete. Science, 335, 3 February, 544-545
  • Charness, G., Kuhn, P., Villeval, M.C. (2011). Competition and the ratchet effect: Experimental Evidence. Journal of Labor Economics, 29(3), 513-547. 
  • G. Charness, M.C. Villeval. (2009). Cooperation and Competition in Intergenerational Experiments in the Field and in the Laboratory. The American Economic Review, 99(3), 956-978.


GATE-LAB is an experimental platform offering several up-to-date facilities and equipment allowing researchers to test a large variety of experimental protocols. GATE-LAB is composed of a behavioral laboratory for individual and collective decision-making (BEHAVLAB), a physiological laboratory (PHYSIOLAB), an eye-tracking laboratory (EYETRACKLAB) and a mobile laboratory (MOBILAB).
GATE Lyon St Etienne develops international research projects in cooperation with researchers from more than 60 foreign universities in North America, Asia, Australia and several European countries (University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Amsterdam, Laval University in Québec, Beijing Normal University, Aarhus School of Business, Monash University, New York University, etc …). Exchange programs enable Ph.D. students to spend 6 months abroad as part of their academic training.
GATE has been awarded by CNRS an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) with the School of Economics and  Business Administration of Beijing Normal University. This LIA includes a faculty and students exchange program and hosts a yearly workshop.
The institute also endorses EUROLIO (European Localized Innovation Observatory) which activity consists of producing and dissemianting localized datasets on innovation.


GATE is a member of the following research groups:
Spatial Aspects and Economic Phenomena (ASPE)
Monetary and Financial Economy
Research Federation on Organisations and relevant Management (FROG)
Theory and Methods of Macroeconomics (T2M)

GATE develops its international relations through research and cooperation and by welcoming foreign teachers and PhD students from the following countries: Germany (Erfurt University; Humboldt-University, Berlin; Max Planck Gesellschaft MPG, Jena), Canada (Montreal University; HEC' school for management and business studies, Montreal; Laval University, Quebec), Denmark (Aarhus Business School; University of Copenhagen), Spain (Independent University of Barcelona UAB; Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona; Malaga University), United States (Utah State University; Emory Uni), Great Britain (University of Essex), Italy (Naples University Federico II'), Switzerland (Saint Gall University).

A team from GATE is in charge of an application for an integrated project within the scope of the 6th framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities: Human Resources - FIeld Data and EXPEriments (HR-FIDEXPE). This project gathers about a hundred researchers from 19 institutions in 13 different countries. It combines micro-econometricians and experimentalists around the following topics: incentives, careers, satisfaction at work, and ageing of the labour force.

Each year, GATE welcomes and exchanges four to six visiting tutors for missions lasting at least one month. It also takes part in executive committees of international conferences such as EALE (European Association of Labour Economists) and JMA's (Applied Microeconomics Days).

Several researchers from GATE are associated with the IZA Institute in Bonn for the study of labour.


GATE - UMR 5824 Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique

  • 44 Faculty
  • 9 CNRS researchers
  • 32 PhD students
  • 17 Administrative and technical staff

Other information

  • Partner institution Central affiliation institute Lumière University (Lyon 2)
  • Partner institution École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines' (Higher Education and Research Institution in Humanities)

[en]Infos pratiques

  • [en]Reconnaissance : Ministère de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research), CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)
  • [en]Courriel : gate@gate.CNRS.fr
  • on Internet : http://www.gate.cnrs.fr


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  • [en]Fax : +33 (0)4 72 86 60 90
  • Phone(s) :
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    +33 (0)4 72 86 60 26


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