Academic Year 2020-2021
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 36
Coordinator Prof.ssa Maria Bigoni
Language English
Duration 4 years
Positions 9 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table
Application deadline May 21, 2020 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jun 22, 2020 to Jul 01, 2020
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2020
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Economics - DSE
Mobility abroad
3 months
Research topics

Curriculum 1: Economics

  • Applied Economics
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • Economic History
  • Economic Theory
  • Environmental and resource Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Macroeconomic and Finance
  • Monetary Economics
  • Political Economics
  • Public and Health Economics
  • Social and Cultural Economics


 Curriculum 2: European Doctorate in Law and Economics

  • Law and Economics
  • Regulation
  • Economics of competition law
  • Economics of intellectual property law
  • Environmental Law and Economics


Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Given their profile, our students aim at careers in academia (in Italian and international universities) and in top research institutions, e.g. international organizations and central banks. Our program offers preparation activities for the job market, including strengthening of exchanges with international universities and of internships in international organizations and central banks. This effort has already produced tangible results, as proved by the placement results of our former PhD students in the last few years. Our PhD program has indeed reached standards similar to those of the best European programs.
See the alumni page of
Admission Board

Surname Name University Role email
Barigozzi Francesca Università di Bologna Member
Bigoni Maria Università di Bologna Member
Franzoni Luigi Alberto Università di Bologna Member
Wakefield Matthew John Università di Bologna Member
Fort Margherita Università di Bologna Substitute
Guerriero Carmine Università di Bologna Substitute
Iorio Daniela Università di Bologna Substitute
Vanin Paolo Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
PhD program is divided into 2 phases: students' economic education through advanced courses and thesis preparation. The dissertation must demonstrate candidate's ability to carry out original and independent research at the highest level. Students are expected to acquire necessary tools for theoretical, empirical and experimental analysis, with the aim of attaining a research profile, applied and academic, of international excellence. Admission to successive years is conditional on passing all of the exams, active participation in the research activities of the Department and receiving a positive assessment of presentations at the PhD Forum and at seminars from the supervisor and the PhD Faculty. Achievement of educational goals and development of the ability to carry out theoretical and applied research require intensive supervision and a continuous interaction between students and Faculty.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The PhD programme in Economics offers a wide and structured set of courses. During the first two years, students take courses for a total of 390 hours of front lectures. The first-year courses can be taken also from the Master's programmes offered by the Department of Economics (in particular LMEC). The programme also offers courses that are specific to the PhD degree. The Advanced Topics and the methodological courses (involving both theory lectures and programming in the lab) for a total amount of about 300 hours. Finally, the programme offers courses on giving presentations in English and writing economic papers. Students are required to attend two seminars a week. Once a year each student presents the advancement of his/her research activity in a PhD forum (a one-day workshop) and III and IV year students in the internal seminar series. Last years are dedicated to the refinement and write-up of the thesis. Students must spend part of these years abroad. The program has activated a network of contacts and exchange programs with foreign universities. Some of the best students are awarded joint doctoral degrees with the universities hosting their visiting periods. Students enrolled in EDLE need to spend a period of at least one year abroad to obtain the joint title.
Further general information on the program, seminars, activities and students are available on the webpage:
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
In addition to courses (as described above) and to the presentations in the monthly PhD meeting and in the yearly PhD Forum, the PhD programme also organizes reading groups by topic (micro and macroeconomics, etc.) all along the academic year. This activity is carried out thanks to the participation of the Department's Faculty, including the research fellows of the Department. The Placement Director of the PhD program also organizes specific activities for the preparation to the job market, including a course on academic talks, dedicated seminars for job-market candidates as well as mock interviews carried out by the Department's Faculty. The considerable diversification of research areas covered by the members of the Department and their international reputation provide an outstanding environment where students of most fields in economics may find research ideas and tight guidance for their doctoral studies. The ultimate goal of the PhD programme is the dissertation, which must prove that the candidate is capable of conducting original and valuable research.
Internationalization features
The selection procedures have been designed to facilitate the application by foreign candidates. The PhD website - - is in English and contains specific information for the application by foreign candidates. It is our intention to anticipate the date of the call for applications to align it with the deadlines of the best PhD programmes in Economics in Europe. The call has been simplified and also translated in English. The selection is only based on the documents sent by candidates, as in the best international programmes. The presentation of GRE/GMAT scores is highly recommended and valued. In the last few years about half of the applications are from international students (EU and non-EU) and about 25% of the students currently enrolled are non-Italian. All activities, i.e. courses, seminars with international speakers, internal seminars, reading groups (and the administration) are in English. In the last years, about 80 percent of the third year students have spent a period abroad visiting prestigious universities or in internships in international organizations, research centers and central banks. Many of our students participate in the international job market (US and Europe) and got positions abroad both in Academia and in international organizations. The "European Doctorate in Law and Economics" track is offered together with the universities of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Rennes within a co-tutelle framework.
Expected research results and products
The PhD programme aims at training PhD students and supporting them in writing their PhD dissertation, which is expected to prove the candidate's ability to carry out original and independent research at the highest level. The aim of the results of the candidate's research should be publishable in renowned international refereed journals. The quality of the research work, the ability to give presentations and to write articles of economic analysis are goals which aim at bringing students towards a top career as economists in academic institutions, research bodies and international organizations.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
Bajo Emanuele Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Barigozzi Francesca Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bellettini Giorgio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bigoni Maria Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bisin Alberto New York University (United States) Professore Ordinario
Casari Marco Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Caselli Francesco The London School of Economics and Political Science (Great Britain) Professore Ordinario
Cavaliere Giuseppe Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cervellati Matteo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Denicolò Vincenzo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Fanelli Luca Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Fort Margherita Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Manzini Paola University of Sussex (Great Britain) Po - Professore Ordinario
Minniti Antonio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Naghavi Alireza Jay Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Sunde Uwe Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen (Germany) Professore Ordinario
Vanin Paolo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Wakefield Matthew John Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Zilibotti Fabrizio Yale University (United States) Professore Ordinario
Zirulia Lorenzo Università di Bologna Professore Associato


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