PhD in Economics

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 34°
Coordinator Prof. Vincenzo Denicolò. Starting from 1/10/2018 Prof. Marco Casari
Language English
Duration 4 years
Positions 7 positions, of which 6 with scholarship
Application deadline Apr 05, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From May 10, 2018 to May 21, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
BOLOGNA
Main Department
Department of Economics - DSE
Mobility abroad
Yes (only for EDLE)
Curricula and Research topics

Curriculum: Economics
- Theoretical and empirical research going from Behavioral and Experimental Economics

- Industrial Organization

-  International Economics

- Political Economics

- Financial Economics

- Economic Development and Growth

- Labor Economics

- Public and Health Economics

- Econometrics

- Macroeconomic and Finance

- Social and Cultural Economics

 Curriculum: European Doctorate in Law and Economics
- Law and Economics

- Regulation

- Economics of competition law

- Economics of intellectual property law

 

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 financing of the fifth year (with DSE funds) for the best students, 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 https://phd.unibo.it/economics
Admission Board

Economics
Members
Curriculum Economics MARIA BIGONI PROFESSORE ASSOCIATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO   DI SCIENZE ECONOMICHE maria.bigoni@unibo.it
Curriculum Economics EMILIO CALVANO RICERCATORE   A TEMPO DETERMINATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO DI   SCIENZE ECONOMICHE emilio.calvano@unibo.it
European Doctorate in Law and Economics LUIGI ALBERTO   FRANZONI PROFESSORE   ORDINARIO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO DI   SCIENZE ECONOMICHE luigi.franzoni@unibo.it
Curriculum Economics DANIELA IORIO PROFESSORE   ASSOCIATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO DI   SCIENZE ECONOMICHE daniela.iorio@unibo.it
Substitutes
Curriculum Economics DAVIDE DRAGONE PROFESSORE   ASSOCIATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO   DI SCIENZE ECONOMICHE davide.dragone@unibo.it
European Doctorate in Law and Economics CARMINE GUERRIERO RICERCATORE   A TEMPO DETERMINATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO DI   SCIENZE ECONOMICHE c.guerriero@unibo.it
Curriculum Economics GIOVANNI PRAROLO PROFESSORE   ASSOCIATO Università di Bologna DIPARTIMENTO DI   SCIENZE ECONOMICHE giovanni.prarolo@unibo.it
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 year 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 program in Economics offers a wide and structured set of courses. During the first two years, students take courses for a total of 360 hours of front lectures. The first-year courses can be taken also from the Master’s programs offered by the Department of Economics (in particular LMEC). The program 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 program offers courses on giving presentations in English and writing economic papers. Students are required to attend two seminar series and a reading group each week. Once a year each student presents the advancement of his/her research activity in a PhD forum (a one-day workshop) and in the internal seminar series. Last years are dedicated to the refinement and write-up of the thesis. Students are encouraged to 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: https://phd.unibo.it/economics
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 program 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 program 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. The date of the call for applications has been aligned to the deadlines of the best PhD programs 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 programs. 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 50 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. 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 Haifa within a co-tutelle framework.
Expected research results and products
The PhD program 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
Denicolo' Vincenzo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Golinelli Roberto Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Barigozzi Francesca Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Bellettini Giorgio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cavaliere Giuseppe Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cervellati Matteo Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Zirulia Lorenzo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Wakefield Matthew John Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Vanin Paolo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Bigoni Maria Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Fort Margherita Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Naghavi Alireza Jay Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Minniti Antonio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Minerva Gaetano Alfredo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Casari Marco Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Sunde Uwe Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen Professore Ordinario
Bisin Alberto New York University Professore Ordinario
Zilibotti Fabrizio Yale University Professore Ordinario
Caselli Francesco The London School of Economics and Political Science Professore Ordinario
Manzini Paola University of Sussex Professore Ordinario

Notices

Admission procedures

Evaluation of qualifications: results by 23/04/2018 on Studenti Online - More information in the PhD Programme Table