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Introduction
Goals

The PhD program aims at providing an excellent education in economics with the specific aim of preparing applied and theoretical economists with a complete scientific background. Our graduates will be able to successfully pursue rewarding careers in academia or in other sectors characterized by a high intellectual content and a strong international profile. The PhD in economics offers structured and complete coursework and allows for visiting periods abroad. The first year is entirely devoted to core courses, workshops and seminars with compulsory attendance while the remaining two are mostly dedicated to thesis writing under the supervision of one or more faculty member.

Research activities

Research activities in the PhD cover all areas of economics. The teaching body is made of highly qualified researchers that guarantee that the level of teaching and the quality of research lie at the frontier of the field. Areas of research span from microeconomics to macroeconomics covering both theoretical and applied issues. This wide perspective coupled with a specific attention to a plurality of approaches offers many opportunities and possibilities of specialization always guaranteeing a solid general and multidisciplinary background.

Job opportunities

The PhD has a permanent placement office with the specific goal of helping PhD students at successfully participating in the international job market. Job opportunities rests both inside academia and outside, like central banks and international organizations (e.g. IMF and World Bank). The placement office gives a number of services to those who are about to complete their doctorate: 1) support in understanding own attitudes and preferences to look for the right job, 2) help in looking for a job on the international job market for economists, 3) support in finding and implementing the best strategies for going successfully ont eh job market: from the CV format to the collection of the required reference letters, to the training for interviews and job seminars. We present the placement of past PhD students as a proof of the merits and success of this office. The figure shows the placement of 35 PhDs that belong to the first 6 rounds of admissions, divided by type of position.

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Two thirds of former students works in academia in economics department or research centres in Italy or abroad, both as research fellows or assistant professors. More than one third is places in foreign institutions such as Humboldt University of Berlin, AIAS University of Amsterdam, University of Notre Dame (IS, US), University of Oxford and Stockholm University.  A bit less than a third of them works in Italian universities like Catholic University in Milan, university of Milan, Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Verona, University of Bologna and University of Bergamo.  Those who have chosen a career outside academia have found positions in Italian public institutions  (INPS, Energy Authority) or foreign ones (World Bank) or in consulting firms or central banks.

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