Curriculum in Economics

During their first year, PhD students in the Economics-track are exposed to a set of core modules during the first term (i.e., MacroeconomicsMicroeconomics, Game theory and Econometrics). During the two remaining terms, students have the chance to choose among a variety of specialised elective courses that suit best their research interests (see the course description below as an indication, although these moudules are constantly renewed).

Overall, such program is designed to offer a solid theoretical and empirical training while the courses cover a broad array of research areas of interest to many researchers within the Department. Faculty offering the courses is working on cutting edge research in these fields – for example: applied microeconomics (e.g., health, labor economics and economics of education and aging, public economics, development economics and economic history, urban economics, energy and environmental economics, international trade, political economy), economic theory (e.g., industrial organization, social choice and mechanism design), econometric theory, experimental economics, monetary economics and banking. 

Towards the end of the first year, our students identify a supervisor (typically two) working on topics of interest, and benefit from a close supervision to write a “summer” paper. This piece of work is presented and evaluated in September and is the student’s first milestone to progress in the following three years focusing exclusively on research. 

Throughout the entire programme, students are an active part of our research community. They interact regularly with colleagues in the department, participate and present their work in seminars and events hosted in our department, meet with our guest speakers and obtain feedback on their work. They are also encouraged (and financially supported) to present their work in external events. This academic path helps students mature as economists, and with our support during the job market period fulfil their ambitions when obtaining their first academic job placement.