Ph.D. in Economics


Program Description

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 years 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

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • 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

Five Positions with a scholarship available for enrollment in the Ph.D. program in Economics at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, commencing in October 2020.

The chosen students, for the five positions with scholarship, will benefit from a financial support package which includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of €15,343.28 gross per year to cover living expenses for the duration of the four-year degree program.  These students will also have access to funding for research trips, in addition to a grant increment if they spend a visiting period at a prestigious international university.

There has been a deferment of the terms established by D.R. n. 38 of 13 March 2020, concerning the deadlines for the competition by way of comparative evaluation for admission to Doctoral Research Programs  – XXXVI cycle, published on the  G.U. IV special series – Competitions and Exams – n. 29 of 10 April 2020, for the presentation of applications for admission.

The deadlines for presenting applications have been deferred to 13 July 2020, at 16:00 (CEST), UTC+2.

As a consequence, the following deadlines have also been deferred:

  • deadline for the publication of the admission classification: by 21 September 2020
  • commencement of Programs: by October 2020

There is no change to the deadline for attainment of the necessary title for access to the Doctoral Programs, which remains as 31 July 2020.

With regard to the selection phases for admission, it has been decided that:

  • the Oral Exam for admission to the Doctoral Program in Management will take place as outlined in Annex C attached to the decree.

Mandatory Documentation

  • Proof of possession of a master’s degree
  • Curriculum vitae, indicating all the qualifications held
  • National ID card/passport
  • List of publications together with the full texts of the publications or a self-declaration stating that no publications exist
  • Research Proposal
  • GRE

Please check the following link to Luiss Economics Ph.D. program website for further information:

Last updated May 2020

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.

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. Read less