Economics and Regulatory Law | ECDR

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

The topic

A crisis in the legitimacy of the State and a crisis in public finances—these phenomena have led to the public and private sectors drawing ever closer together and even overlapping each other’s traditional fields of action. Today, the two sectors collaborate in many ways. This course aims to analyse the economic pertinence of those different collaborative models as well as the advantages and disadvantages that different collaborative tools can offer with regard to the legal system currently in place. Combining economic and legal approaches to this topic is one of the course’s strong points. Free of any ideological references favourable to either more or less State involvement, this course implicitly seeks definitions of better State involvement that can be analysed by economists, jurists, political scientists or experts in administrative science.


  • Identify all the different possible means of providing public services that fall between totally public provision and totally private provision;
  • Know the legal framework governing the different tools involved;
  • Set out the economic and legal reasons why a public entity or institution might select one means of provision over another;
  • Establish an economic model which integrates and differentiates between all the technical and financial data concerning the different modes of service provision for the duration of a project, and allows an evaluation of their overall cost to the public authorities;
  • Know the different types of tariff regulation and how to set them optimally with regards to regulations and constraints on information;
  • Identify the procedures for selecting private sector operators and how to understand their relative strengths.

Target audience

  • Students studying for the MAS in Public Administration (MPA);
  • Any person—whether active in the public or private sector—who wishes to complete their knowledge in the field of collaboration between the public and private sectors;
  • Political representatives and administrative managers;
  • Managers of public, parapublic and state-subsidised enterprises;
  • Representatives of political parties, interest groups and not-for-profit organisations.


  • French is the main teaching language for this program
  • More information available on the corresponding pages
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