PhD in Economics and Management

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Our Department is one of the leading research institutions in Italy for economics and business, nominated “Department of Excellence for research” in 2018 by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. The last national research assessment that covered the period 2011-2014 ranked the University of Padova first in the scientific area including economics, business science and statistics. Internationally, the QS World University Rankings, rank us among the top-150 departments in terms of research productivity worldwide, with a consistent upward trajectory in the last years.

The Department offers an international PhD program with a long tradition of quality and success that complements the department's offer of bachelor and master degrees.

The PhD Programme in Economics and Management 


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We offer a full-time, four-year advanced doctoral programme for outstanding students who want to achieve an ambitious training in Economics and Management. The PhD consists of two curricula: Economics and Management. For each curriculum, the PhD training varies and takes place during the first year (refer to the Ph.D. guide below for details). Most classes take place in Padova, while some courses are organised jointly with the University of Verona. By the end of the first year all students have identified a supervisor, the topic of their thesis, and present their first “summer” paper.

During the second, and third year, students work exclusively on their thesis under the close supervision of two faculty members and enjoy a vibrating research environment .

During the fourth year, students are expected to conclude their thesis and go to the academic job market. The department supports students actively in this endeavor. Over the years, our graduates have achieved placements in prestigious universities such as the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Warwick, University of Exeter Business School, University of Concordia, Tuck School of Business, EUI, IESE, ESADE, Trinity College, University of Copenhagen, University of New South Wales, University of Groningen, and several Italian Universities. Other have joined important institutions such as the Bank of Italy, the OECD, and the World Bank.

At least 3 months of the PhD is spent in a research institution abroad. Over the years, our PhD students visited outstanding universities such as, for example, Columbia University, London School of Economics, New York Stern School of Business (US), Penn University, University of Chicago, University of Toulouse and University of Georgia. Others have taken advantage of the exchange agreements of our institution with international partners like Boston University and the University of Michigan. 

For a detailed overview of our policies and procedures see our Ph.D. guides

a.a. 2020-2021
a.a. 2019-2020
a.a. 2018-2019
a.a. 2017-2018
a.a. 2016-2017

For further queries contact: 
prof. Antonio Nicolò (Economics curriculum) 
prof. Amedeo Pugliese (Management curriculum).

Department of Economics and Management
Ph.D. Office
Via Bassi 1- 35131 Padova
phone: + 39 049 827 1229