The Ph.D. in Economics at LUISS Guido Carli is a four-year program providing advanced education in all the main areas of economics. It is aimed at training international economists capable of contributing to the advancement of knowledge and capable of expanding the frontiers of research in economic disciplines.
The program requires full-time attendance and is taught entirely in English. It 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.
In the first year, students follow advanced courses at EIEF in Applied Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Finance. The second, third and fourth year are devoted to writing their Doctoral Dissertation and presenting their work in internal seminars while following seminars or “reading groups” at LUISS or at EIEF.
LUISS has reached an agreement with the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), whereby students enrolled in their first year of the LUISS Ph.D. program can benefit from the teaching activity (formal courses and advising) and facilities provided at EIEF. The latter is a Research Institute sponsored by the Bank of Italy located near the LUISS campus. The academic staff at EIEF is highly rated within the international academic profession.
Junior assistant professors in the LUISS Ph.D. program and at EIEF are recruited on the American job market and are among the best researchers coming from the top graduate programs across the world.
Main Research Areas
- Behavioral and Experimental Economics
- Financial Economics
- Monetary Economics
- International Economics
- Industrial Organization
- Labour Economics
- Public Economics
In the first year, students follow a selection of advanced courses in Applied Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Finance at EIEF. In the second year, students are expected to prepare a second-year research paper. In the third and fourth year, 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. The Ph.D. Thesis is expected to consist of an original and significant contribution to the chosen field of specialization.
First Year Courses
All first-year courses are held at EIEF (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance). The program is organized in 2 terms (Fall and Spring). Each term lasts 12 weeks, including a mid-term break of one week and a final week for extra meetings, tests, etc. The working language is English.
Field courses are taught in:
- Applied Microeconomics (Industrial Organization, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics)
- Macroeconomics (Monetary Economics, Advanced Macroeconomics)
- Econometrics (Bayesian Estimation, Non-parametric Econometrics, Time Series, Panel Analysis)
- Finance (Asset prices, Corporate Finance, Banking)
Application and admission
Positions available for enrollment in the Ph.D. in Economics
Academic year 2019/2020
The D.R. n. 234 of 19 December 2018 ordered the call for the comparative evaluation for admission to the XXXV cycle Ph.D. courses, for the submission of applications to Economics Ph.D. Program, cycle XXXV.
For the academic year 2019/2020, five positions are available. All positions are tuition-free. The five positions come with a scholarship (gross € 15.343.28 per year).
The application for admission must be submitted online by April 12, 2019, at 16 (CEST), UTC + 2.
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.
Along with the application form students must provide:
- Proof of being in possession of a master’s degree;
The award degree documentation is different depending on the country where the degree is awarded; thus please note that:
Candidates with a qualification awarded in Italy must submit:
- certification/self-certification of the degree held setting out the exams sat and the associated grade awarded and credits earned, the grade point average and the degree grade (for each degree if more than one degree held).
Candidates with a qualification awarded in an EU country must submit the following:
- Certification/self-certification of the degree held setting out the exams sat and the associated grade awarded and credits earned, the grade point average and the degree grade (for each degree if more than one degree held).
- Degree parchment in its original language;
- Diploma supplement and academic transcript of records in their original language;
- Translation into Italian or English of the two documents indicated in the preceding points 1 and 2: the translations are not required if the documents in question are issued by the institution directly in English.
Candidates with a qualification awarded in a non-EU country must submit the following:
- Degree parchment in its original language;
- Academic transcript of records in its original language;
- Translation into Italian or English of the two documents indicated in the preceding points A and B: the translations are not required if the documents in question are issued by the institution directly in English.
For qualifications awarded in a non-EU country, the admitted candidates may submit a statement of comparability of the foreign qualification issued by the Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA) as an alternative to submission of the documents indicated in points A and B above. In that regard, candidates should click on the following link: http://cis.cimea.it/en/
II) Curriculum vitae, indicating all the qualifications held (for example, master’s degree, advanced courses, other PhDs, etc.), research undertaken, study and work periods abroad or in any event of international relevance, and certified knowledge of additional foreign languages other than English, if any;
III) National ID card/passport;
IV) List of publications in areas pertinent to the Doctoral Program as well as the full text of the publications included in the said list, to be uploaded in pdf format into the online platform. In the absence of publications, it can be uploaded a self-declaration attesting this lack.
N.B. it is possible to apply for the Doctoral Program even in the absence of publications, attaching a self-declaration stating that you don’t have any publication.
V) Research Proposal, consistent with the educational goals and the themes of the Doctoral Program;
VII) Reference letter;
VIII) Statement of Purpose.
Any other qualifications: for example, certification of knowledge of foreign languages other than English or certification of other qualifications held, indicating the marks obtained in the single exams if such marks were awarded (for example, a master’s degree in a subject pertinent to the Doctoral Program, European Doctorate, relevant experience at institutions and public bodies).
It is recommended that files be uploaded in pdf format.
About the School
LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli – is an independent university. It was created out of a pre-existing Roman institution, Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978.