Students engaged in the dissertation phase of the program are required to show evidence of progress by presenting their work in the PhD Lunch seminar. This seminar offers students the opportunity to receive comments and constructive criticism from the faculty and their peer. Each meeting consists of presentations by one or two students. Students are required to make their first presentation during the semester following submission of their dissertation project (usually the Fall). This first presentation is intended to illustrate the research question addressed in the first essay of their PhD thesis, provide a critical review of the literature, and present at least some preliminary results. In general, a student may expect to make similar presentations for the other essays of the thesis.
Unless abroad for dissertation purposes, all students engaged in the dissertation phase are required to attend the PhD Lunch seminar and to actively participate to at least one research seminar (either the CEIS “Riccardo Faini” seminar or the EIEF seminar or the LUISS seminar). The research seminars are intended to familiarize students with frontier research on a variety of topics.