The PhD in Economics and Finance at Bocconi University is a 4-year full-time program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire first-rate research skills. It started in 2010 with a merger of the PhD programs in Economics and in Finance.
The program has been organized within the two curricula of Economics and Finance (students select one curriculum when they apply). By its nature, the program is multidisciplinary and students have the option to choose from a wide range of electives. Dedicated mentorship and support are offered to students throughout their time at Bocconi.
Our first-year students acquire a broad set of theoretical and methodological skills required in both economics and finance (mathematics, statistics, econometrics, microeconomics), as well as to their curriculum (macroeconomics for Economics, asset pricing and corporate finance for Finance).
In the second year, students choose their field of specialization within their curriculum (e.g. asset pricing, accounting, banking, corporate finance, development economics, econometrics, economic history, microeconomic theory, industrial dynamics and organization, international economics, macroeconomics, political economics and public economics). The third and fourth years are entirely dedicated to research, including attendance at regular seminars held by internationally renowned internal and external faculty.
Our PhD classes are enriched by interaction among students from all over the world, with backgrounds not only in economics and finance, but also other disciplines such as engineering and statistics. International exchanges are promoted within the framework of the European Doctoral Group in Economics (http://www.edge-page.net/).
Faculty members are highly performing in terms of international publications and are active members of the international community. They publish in or serve on the editorial boards of leading research journals, such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Finance, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies and many others. Faculty members have been and currently are the recipients of prestigious competitive grants (e.g., by the European Research Council and the National Science Foundation in the United States).
The PhD program is designed to prepare and foster an academic career on the international job market. Other career opportunities include central banks, governments and international organizations. In the last few years, our students have been hired by prestigious schools and organizations such as: ESSEC International Business School, The Bank of England, Bank of Italy, Harvard University, London Business School, National Bank of New Zealand, Queen Mary College, Xiamen University, Toulouse School of Economics and others.