Welcome to the PhD in Economics of the Universities of Milan and Pavia.
The primary goal of the program is to produce outstanding research economists.
The PhD program is promoted and organized by the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM) of the University of Milan and the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pavia that were ranked among the best Italian Economics Departments by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) in February 2017. Faculty members from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of Milan and the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia also contribute to the program activities.
The Universities of Milan and Pavia have a long and consolidated tradition of post-graduate teaching and research in Economics. The collaboration between the Economics Departments of the two universities enables the PhD Faculty to offer expert supervision in some of the most active fields in Economics.
The University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano) is one of the most important and largest universities in Europe, with about 60,000 students and a permanent teaching and research staff of about 2,000. In 2016 it was ranked third in Italy by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as Shanghai Ranking), and by the Center for World University Rankings while the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities placed it fourth. The most recent assessment by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) in February 2017 ranked the University of Milan among the top three Italian universities in economics and statistics.
The University of Milan has offered a PhD program in Economics, in various formats, since 1984. Until 1999, the program was jointly offered with Bocconi University and the Catholic University of Milan. Since 2000, and for the following decade, the University of Milan led a partnership with the Universities of Milano-Bicocca, Bergamo, Brescia, and LIUC - Castellanza. In 2011, the University of Milan co-founded the Lombardy Advanced School of Economics and Research (LASER) with the Universities of Bergamo, Brescia and Pavia.
Since 2014 the program is a joint initiative of the Universities of Milan and Pavia. Many alumni hold university chairs in Italy and abroad. For instance, Pierpaolo Battigalli is the Dean of the PhD School at Bocconi University, and Giovanni Peri is the Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of California Davis.
The University of Pavia (founded in 1361) is one of the oldest academic institutions worldwide. Currently, it counts about 25,000 students and a teaching and research staff of about 1,000 researchers. The PhD Program in Economics (joint with the University of Milan since 2011) has been offered in Pavia since it was first established by Italian Law in 1984. Over the years the University of Pavia granted the degree to many scholars who now hold university chairs in Italy and abroad, as well as high level positions in international organizations. For instance, Gianni Amisano, currently Chief of the Current Macroeconomic Conditions Section of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Patrizio Pagano, World Bank Group Executive Director for Italy, are holders of a PhD in Economics from Pavia.
Admission to the program is through competition. We welcome applications from students of all nationalities; Currently enrolled students come from six different countries.
We are particularly interested in young candidates with a sound research project in one of the topics proposed by Faculty members (please see the list of research topics in the HOW TO APPLY section).
Applying to the PhD in Economics
Please find all the information in the HOW TO APPLY section
To submit your applications be sure you have your:
Transcripts with Grades
Research Project in a topic proposed by a Faculty member
Full financial support is granted to admitted students; there are no tuition costs and students receive a scholarship for the first three years of study. For further details see the HOW TO APPLY section.
Institutional links with the University of Porto and the University of Lugano (Universita' della Svizzera Italiana) as well as research connections with many universities in the US and Europe offer PhD students the opportunity to spend visiting periods abroad to carry out their research. Furthermore, distinguished economists from foreign universities and international organizations are regularly invited as guest lecturers to give students the opportunity to meet outstanding scholars and to widen perspectives.
Local exchange students agreements
Exchange-student agreements with other PhD programs offered by Universities located in the Provinces of Milan and Pavia as well as joint lectures and seminars organized with such universities provide a particularly rich environment for study and research.