The PhD in Economics is a three-year program. During the first year, students will be required to take courses on specific topics taught by members of the faculty board as well as by recognized scholars who are not members of the board. Each course will have a final examination. In the second and third year, candidates will start working on their dissertation project under the supervision of a Faculty Board member. Throughout this period, all the students will be required to spend a research period abroad and will have the opportunity to participate to national and international conferences.

The teaching program for the first year of the XXXI° Cycle is the following:

  • pre-courses;
  • modules common to the three curricula (Economics and Institutions – E&I; Economics and Business –E&B; Quantitative Methods for Economics – QME);
  • compulsory modules, specific to each curriculum;
  • compulsory modules, to be chosen by the student among the courses of the other curricula.


List of the teaching activities:



Statistics (Prof. Maria Giovanna Ranalli; Prof. Elena Stanghellini)
Mathematics (Dr. Marco Nicolosi)
Introduction to R (Dr. Silvia Pandolfi)


Modules common to the three curricula

Econometrics (Dr. David Aristei)



In addition to the curriculum-specific modules listed below each Phd student will select other modules offered in othercurricula or other Phd programs. The total amount of credits required is 27 (162 hours).

Econometrics 42 Aristei x x x
Growth and development – Institutions and economic change 12 2 Martino x    
Growth and development – Comparative economic systems 12 2 Uvalic x    
Growth and development – Immigration Economics (I) 12 2 Pieroni x    
Growth and development – Immigration Economics (II) 6 1 Salmasi x    
Growth and development – Theory and empirics of growth 12 2 Venturini x    
Growth and development – Economic analysis of inequality 18 3 Perugini x    
Labour Economics – Theory and empirics of imperfect markets 12 2 Pompei, Damiani x    
Corporate governance and firm organisation – Theories of the firm 12 2 Damiani x x  
Corporate governance and firm organisation – Economics of transaction costs 12 2 Martino x x  
International Economics – Firms in international trade 12 2 Castellani x x  
Energy and environmental economics 12 2 Polinori x    
Mathematical finance 18 3 Figà Talamanca     x
Optimization in Economics and Finance 12 2 Nicolosi x   x
Graphical Markov models 18 3 Stanghellini     x
Mixture models for model based clustering and classification 18 3 Scrucca     x
Analysis of data from complex surveys 18 3 Ranalli     x
Time series econometrics 18 3 Silvestrini     x
Spatial econometrics 18 3 Basile     x
Accounting 18 3 Montrone, Santini, Terzani   x  
International Management 18 3 Rizzi, Picciotti, Gigliotti   x  
Strategic analysis and corporate social responsibility 18 3 Rizzi, Cardoni, Chirieleison   x  
Public and non-profit sectors 18 3 Bartocci, Montrone, Picciaia   x  
Qualitative research methodology in social sciences 18 3 Rizzi, Santini, Bernardini   x  
      Total 22 21 20
Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management (ARPM)-Bootcamp [optional]   6 Meucci     x