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The aim of the PhD program in Economics and Finance is to provide advanced specialization in Economics, Finance and Econometrics to students whose goal is a successful career in academia or in institutions that require advanced financial, economic and statistical skills. It offers:

- a distinguished faculty: courses are taught by distinguished Italian and foreign professors of proven teaching and research experience;
- a lively intellectual atmosphere: the program emphasizes breadth and a critical mindset; cooperation and joint research with fellow students and Faculty members are strongly encouraged;
- an international environment: the program enrolls highly qualified students from all over the world;
- worldwide connections: students are encouraged to spend periods of research in leading universities and research institutions worldwide.

Program commitment




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Ph.D. students may choose from the following fields of specialization:

Finance and Quantitative Methods

Financial Econometrics


Development Economics
International Macroeconomics
Political Economy
Topics in Macroeconomics


Economic Theory
Industrial Organization
Labor Economics
Public Economics


PhD EF Lunch Seminar: Federico Giorgi
Tuesday 26 October 2021
1 pm, in classroom S11 and on Teams
Automatic Investment Strategies Via Deep Reinforcement Learning
Tuesday 02 November 2021
1 pm, in classroom S11 and on Teams
	PhD EF Lunch Seminar: Beniamino Pisicoli
Tuesday 09 November 2021
1 pm, in classroom S11 and on Teams
Banking diversity, financial complexity and resilience to financial shocks: evidence from Italian provinces
PhD EF Lunch Seminar: Aldo Paolillo
Tuesday 16 November 2021
1 pm, in classroom S11 and on Teams


Italian language course

October - December 2021
Registration deadline: September 10th, 2021

1st year courses 2021/22

Lectures will commence on September 16, 2021 at 9.00 am in classroom A (1st floor, Bldg B). Attendance is compulsory.

Following years courses

2nd and 3rd year students are invited to attend elective courses offered at RED and at LUISS PhD in Economics.

PhD EF Lunch Seminar

Schedule A.Y. 2021/22
Starting on September 21, at 1.00 pm
classroom A (1st fl, Bldg B) and on Teams

Summer School in Empirical Strategies - Prof. J. Angrist (MIT)

postponed to June 2022, tbc.
Villa Mondragone (Monte Porzio Catone)
Restricted access: DEF MSc in Economics and PhD EF students, selected SOSE members.

VIRTUAL TOUR at Tor Vergata University of Rome

We look forward to finally welcoming you, back in person.

SIE Prize 2019_Best PhD thesis

Società Italiana degli Economisti awarded Luca Brugnolini, former PhD student at DEF, for the best PhD thesis in 2019: congratulations!

YUFE - Academy Lectures 2021

Elective lectures on Diversity and Inclusion. Mind registration deadlines!