Teaching XXXIX cycle

The PhD in Economics is a three-year program. During (and only for) 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 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:



Statistical Inference (Prof. Maria Giovanna Ranalli)
Mathematical methods for risk management (from the Master Degree)
Introduction to R (Dr. Simone del Sarto)
Introduction to Stata (Prof. Venturini)
Econometrics (from the Master Degree)


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

E&I – Growth and development- Institutions and Economic Change X     12 2 Martino
E&I – Growth and Development – Economy of transition X     12 2 Uvalic
E&I – Growth and development – Economics of migrations X     18 3 Pieroni, Salmasi
E&I –  Growth and development – Theory
and empirics of growth
X     12 2 Venturini
E&I – Growth and development – Economic
analysis of inequality
X     18 3 Perugini
E&I – Labour Economics – Theory and
empirics of imperfect markets
X     12 2 Pompei, Damiani
E&I/E&B – Corporate governance and firm
organisation – Theories of the firm
X X   12 2 Damiani, Cucculelli
E&I/E&B –
Corporate governance and firm
organisation – Economics of
transaction costs
X X   12 2 Martino
E&I/E&B – International Economics – Firms in
international trade
X X   12 2 Castellani
E&I – Energy and environmental economics X     12 2 Polinori
E&I/E&B/QME – Models for longitudinal data X X X 18 3 Bartolucci
QME – Mathematical finance     X 18 3 Figà Talamanca
QME – Optimization in economics and finance     X 12 2 Patacca
QME – Graphical Markov models     X 18 3 Stanghellini
QME – Mixture models for model based clustering and
    X 12 2 Scrucca
QME – Latent variable models     X 12 2 Pandolfi
QME – Survey sampling     X 12 2 Montanari
QME – Var models     X 6 1 Silvestrini
QME – Advanced issues for sampling statistics     X 18 3 Ranalli
QME – Game theory     X 12 2 Petturiti
QME – Small area estimations/quantile regression     X 12 2 Salvati
E&B – Accounting   X   18 3 Montrone, Santini, Terzani
E&B – Management theories   X   18 3 Picciotti, Runfola
E&B – Strategic analysis and corporate social
  X   18 3 Rizzi, Cardoni, D'Achille
E&B – Public and non-profit sectors   X   18 3 Bartocci, Montrone, Picciaia
E&B –Qualitative research methodology in
social sciences
  X   18 3 Rizzi, Santini, Runfola
E&B –  (1) Finance or (2) Marketing (to choose )   X   6 1 (1) to be defined at activation (2) Gigliotti
  Totale E&I 150 25  
  Totale E&B 150 25  
  Totale QME 150 25