The PhD in Economics is a 4-year program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community in economics. It is primarily intended for students willing to pursue an academic career but also provides professional research skills to work in public and private research institutions. Former PhD candidates now work as post-doc, research fellow or tenure track in well-reputed Italian and international universities (Paris-Sorbonne, Utrecht University, University of York, New School New York, Sciences Po, University of Strasbourg, Cattolica Milano, CNR Florence), institutions (UN-ECLAC, ECB, Bank of Italy, STATEC-Luxembourg, OECD-Paris, JRC-Seville, Italian Ministry of Economic and Finance), and in the private sector (UBS).
The Program is jointly offered by the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa and by IUSS-Pavia, in close cooperation with UCA-University of Cote d'Azur (Nice, France). An agreement for exchange of students and faculty is also in place with the University of Strasbourg (France) and IMT-School Lucca
Students will attend one year and a half of intensive course work, part of which (2-3 months) is hosted at the UCA, held by an international faculty including permanent staff of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, IUSS Pavia and UCA, and a large group of Visiting Scholars. The training covers traditional domains of economic analysis (micro, macro, econometrics), and also offers the unique opportunity to study and get involved in research fields often neglected in traditional PhD Courses. In line with the core research interestes and expertise of the Institute of Economics at Sant'Anna and associate institutions, Advanced and Field topics encompass evolutionary perspectives on economic change, firm-industry dynamics, economics of innovation, agent-based computational economics, economic networks and complexity, economic history and history of economic thought, and a broad range of quantitative tools for the analysis of big-data and economic dynamics.
After the training students will proceed to supervised research work, yielding an original dissertation to be discussed in a final, public examination. It is expected that students will produce articles publishable in international journals.
In addition to the training activities, Ph.D. students are exposed to a vivid research environment and participate to various ongoing research activities (seminars, conferences, research projects). The PhD Program is also part of a large international network of institutions and scholars, supporting exchanges of research students and faculty.