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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




 PhD program lenght


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

Next Events

PhD candidate_Roberta De Luca (XXXII cycle)
Friday 29 January 2021
"Three Essays in Pairs Trading"
Supervisor: Prof. M. Brunetti,
10.00 am, on Teams
Tuesday 09 February 2021
“Productivity, managers’ social connections and the Great Recession.”
Feb. 9, 1 pm, on Teams
Tuesday 16 February 2021
"Export complexity and the product space:any role for finance?".
Feb. 16, 1 pm, on Teams
Tuesday 23 February 2021
“Exposure to air pollution and Covid-19. A study on the first wave in Europe”.
Feb. 23, 1 pm, on Teams


PhD student offices

Temporary allocation, January and February 2021

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

Elective lectures on European Identity. Mind registration deadlines! 

1st year courses 2020/21

Lectures will commence on October 5, 2020. Attendance is compulsory.

YUFE - Mobility abroad

Grant for young researcher spending a visiting period at Bremen University

PhD EF Lunch Seminar

Schedule A.Y. 2020/21

Guidelines for our Activity_Fall term

Practical rules for the Fall term

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

June 15-16, 2021
Villa Mondragone (Monte Porzio Catone)
Restricted access: DEF MSc in Economics and PhD EF students, selected SOSE members.