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Programme overview


The PhD programme in Economics and political economy aims to provide students with the theoretical and analytical instruments that allows them to understand economics facts, propose theoretical models and conduct empirical analysis at the frontier of economic research. Such instruments are acquired through the attendance of advanced courses, summer/winter schools and seminars organized by the PhD programme, by the Department and by other academic institutions and research centers. Moreover, visiting periods at foreign departments contribute to complete students training in specific fields of interest.

Learning objectives

The PhD programme offers a training on the main economic theories, also with an historical perspective, at an advanced level. Particular emphasis is given to the acquisition of quantitative tools necessary for conducting theoretical and empirical research and to the knowledge of the most common useful software. All courses are taught in English. Main research themes are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Applied Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Econometrics
  • Statistics
  • Economic History
  • History of Economic Thought

Career perspectives

The PhD programme trains professional profiles able to conduct research activity within academic departments, private and public research centers, consultancy firms, national and international institutions that advise government activities and in public and private organizations requiring advanced economic expertise.

Head of programme

International collaborations

  • Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Ispra, Unit of Counterfactual Impact Evaluation (CIE) of public policies
  • Universitè Cote d'Azur (Nizza)
  • Institute for Employment Research, Norimberga
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Essex
  • Paris School of Economics

Training offer

Dedicated website

To learn more, please visit the dedicated PhD course website.


Admission to the Doctoral Program is subject to passing a competition that is usually announced in the spring and published at the related page. The Notice of Admission contains the list of courses, places and grants available as well as the dates, place, type and content of the tests.

Applicants who pass the selection process are placed on a constantly updated merit list that shows the allocation of places.
Competitors who are found to be admitted to the doctoral courses must submit or have their applications received by the Higher Education Service of UniGe according to the pre-established deadlines published in the announcement.

The PhD program is governed by the rules found at the dedicated page.