International Ph.D Programme in Economics


Program Description

Jointly offered by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and by University of Strasbourg, France

The International Doctoral Program in Economics is a four-year program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community in economics. It is designed for students seeking jobs in academia as well as those who wish to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies.

Students will be offered one year of intensive coursework by an international Faculty composed of both permanent staff of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and a large group of Visiting Scholars, and will then proceed to supervised research work, yielding an original dissertation to be discussed in a final, public examination. It is expected that students will produce articles publishable in international journals.

Moreover, the Programme is part of a European network - involving the University of Sussex, Aalborg, Manchester, Paris XIII, Oslo and several other universities, supporting inter-European exchanges of research students and faculty.

In addition to the teaching activities, Ph.D. students are nested in a rich research environment, within the Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, and the Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée - BETA, where Ph.D. students are encouraged to take part in various ongoing research projects.

The coursework is structured in 5 main courses:

  • Mathematics for Social Sciences
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • History of Economic Thought and Economic History

Each course is organized into modules. Each year the list of compulsory modules may slightly change.

The current list of compulsory first-year modules is:

1. Mathematics for Social Sciences

  • Linear Algebra and Calculus
  • Static and dynamic optimization
  • Introduction to Stochastic Processes

2. Statistics and Econometrics

  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Time Series
  • Microeconometrics

3. Microeconomics

  • Consumption and Production
  • General Equilibrium
  • Games and Decision
  • Industrial Organization and market failures

4. Macroeconomics

  • Stylized Facts on business cycles
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Economic Growth: Theory and Empirics
  • International Macro Economics

5 History of Economic Thought and Economic History

  • Economic History
  • History Of Economic Thought

Short intensive modules in a few selected areas are also offered, at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the University of Strasbourg, in order to introduce the students to the international state-of-the-art of research. Modules taught in Pisa currently include:

  • Agent-based Computational Economics
  • Complexity Economics
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Evolutionary Models of innovation, growth, and fluctuations
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Evolutionary Macroeconomics

Admission to research work is conditional on the successful completion of the year of coursework and related exams.

Teaching modules are complemented by research seminars throughout the year. All teaching is in English.

Main areas of research

Main areas of research of internal and/or associated faculty where thesis work is encouraged, include Economics of Innovation, Models and Empirical Studies of Industrial and Economic Dynamics, Organization Theory, Economics of Public Goods, Theory and Empirics of Real and Financial Markets, Experimental Economics, Agent-based Macro Models and Computational Economics, Economic History.

The research work of each student is followed by a “thesis committee” – including the main supervisor – composed by scholars both internal and external to the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

Ph.D. students are expected to complete a dissertation, written in English, entailing original work of standard adequate to publication in refereed international journals.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants, with no restriction on nationality, must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or a Master of Arts (M.A.) or equivalent title.
  • Current undergraduate students who will be awarded such a degree before October 31, 2015, may also apply. In this case, a successful application will be conditional to the subsequent completion of the degree and the transmission to the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of adequate documentation, also in electronic form, no later than October 31, 2015.

Positions and grants

Four positions of 4 years grants will be available.

The scholarship is amounting to € 14.000 (gross amount) per year + free lunches at the canteen of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna + Campus facilities.

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna may also admit eligible candidates without grants. They will take part in the Programme at their own expenses but they will not have to pay any tuition fee.

Cost & Fees

0 Euros.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna was founded in 1987 by merging two colleges: Pacinotti College and the College of Medical Law. It is a public university where merit and talent count. Excellence in trai ... Read More

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna was founded in 1987 by merging two colleges: Pacinotti College and the College of Medical Law. It is a public university where merit and talent count. Excellence in training and research, internationalization, interaction with the job market - these are the objectives of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, which offers training and postgraduate courses in Economics and Managerial Science, Law Science, Political Science, Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Medical Science, and Industrial and Information Engineering. The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a scientific community where the academic staff and researchers interact with students through a continuous exchange of cultural and intellectual ideas. Read less
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