In our four-year PhD program, students are required to take courses during the first and second year. The third and the fourth year are fully dedicated to research and to the development of the Ph.D. thesis.


To improve their research skills, students are encouraged to interact with their advisor and with other faculty members on a regular basis. In addition, the program offers several activities:

  • PhD Forums: one-day workshops in which PhD students present the advances of their research and discuss them with the faculty.
  • Internal and brown-bag seminars: students in their third and fourth year are invited to present their works within the series of internal seminars, where faculty members, graduate students and visiting scholars have the chance to illustrate their early-stage projects and most recent research outputs. Works-in-progress and research plans can also be presented within our more informal brown-bag seminar series.      
  • Reading Groups: topic-specific informal meetings which typically take place on a monthly basis. Currently we cover topics in Microeconomics (Experimental Economics, IO, Labor Economics, etc) and Macroeconomics (Political Economy, Comparative Development, Business Cycle, etc), but graduate students and faculty members are welcome to propose and organize reading groups on topics that are not covered yet.
  • Roundtables on specific issues of special interest for PhD students, such as the choice of a research topic, the improvement of presentation skills, the search for funding opportunities, etc.  
  • Mock Presentations (freely organized by the students to present their work in progress).
  • Mock Interviews (organized by the Placement Director for job market candidates).