Ph.D. in Economics

LUISS Guido Carli University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Economics

LUISS Guido Carli University

Economics Ph.D. is a four-year program, totally taught in English, aimed at training international economists capable of contributing to the advancement of knowledge and expanding the frontiers of research in the economic disciplines. These economists are prepared for academic or professional careers in international institutions, central banks and with economic and/or regulatory policymakers, or in consulting firms and financial institutions. The program is designed to give students the ability to understand and elaborate a broad spectrum of economic problems and to provide up to date analytical, empirical and quantitative techniques.

Students acquire the necessary skills to undertake both academic and professional careers, in universities, international research institutions, public authorities, central banks, consulting and financial institutions. During the program, students focus on writing their doctoral dissertation and present their work in internal seminars, while following seminars or “reading groups” at LUISS or at EIEF (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance). The Ph.D. dissertation is expected to consist of an original and significant contribution to the chosen field of specialization.



Positions available for enrollment in the PhD in Economics

Academic year 2017/2018

For the academic year 2017/2018, five positions are available. All positions are tuition-free. The five positions come with a scholarship (around 13.500 € per year).

The application for admission must be submitted online by April 20, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. In order for us to consider your application, it is necessary that you submit a complete application. You must upload all of the requested documentation and supply correct referee details through our online application system.

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Once the procedure for submitting the application has been completed, the candidate will receive by email a copy of the application as a proof of the accuracy and validity of the procedure.

Detailed information is contained in the call available in English and in Italian.


Students applying for the Doctoral Program must have completed a Laurea Magistrale or a Laurea (Vecchio ordinamento) or any other equivalent foreign (Master) degree no later than July 31, 2017. Students holding a Master degree granted by a foreign institution will need a legal transcript translated in Italian along with a Certificate of Validation (dichiarazione di valore) issued by an Italian Diplomatic Office from the same country where the degree has been granted. For applicants holding a foreign Master degree, the application will be accepted even if the Certificate of Validation is not provided. In this case, the admission to the Doctoral Program is conditional on providing the Certificate of Validation at registration.


Along with the application form students must provide:

Mandatory documents

  • a certificate/auto certification setting out the exams sat, the grade obtained in each of the said exams, the grade point average and the degree grade (for each degree held)
  • curriculum vitae (in English) indicating the qualifications held
  • ID card/passport
  • a list of publications in areas pertinent to the doctoral program/or activities of research
  • GRE
  • a reference letter from a university professor
  • a research proposal
  • statement of purpose: a written statement in English of no more than two pages setting out the reasons that led the candidate to continue their studies, describing their studies so far and briefly indicating their research interests

Elective documents

a maximum of 3 Publications

Admission procedure

The selection is based on the above documents and any other academic degrees and certificates that the candidates may want to submit along with their application (such as GMAT and/or certificates of English proficiency).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
4 years
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Italy - Rome
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