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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

PhD in

Economics and Finance

Our PhD programme leverages the strengths of our multicultural University and international Faculty and provides talented and motivated students with a high-quality education and research environment that best serves their career aspirations.

Course description

Our 4-year full-time PhD programme includes one year of core courses as well as individualized training depending on the specific research interests and objectives of the PhD student as recommended by the supervisor. Topic-specific individual tutoring and mentoring, as well as funding for research stays abroad are special components of our programme.

PhD students will be introduced to specific research areas of the faculty, including Economic Policy Analysis, Financial Markets and Regulation, and Quantitative Methods and Analysis of Big Data and have the opportunity to be involved in research projects in these and other areas. Our international faculty provides a variety of research opportunities, examples are outlined in the attached.

At a glance

Duration of the programme: 4 years
Courses will be taught in English
Places available: 4 with scholarship + 1 without scholarship
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 164.50 per year
Stay abroad: 4 to 6 month stays at international universities

Programme structure

The first year of the programme focuses on imparting knowledge of methods and theories in the field of economics and finance so that students develop a solid background to conduct academic research in the following years.

By the end of the second year, the programme provides students with the necessary skills, competencies, and tools to successfully conduct theory-based empirical research in different fields. Students will also have the opportunity to build their own scientific network by attending international conferences and summer schools, and visiting other universities.

Although we encourage PhD students to start writing scientific papers from the beginning, the second half of the programme is primarily dedicated to completing a dissertation that includes at least three high quality research papers targeted for publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

The dissertation is required to be of a cumulative nature, i.e. a collection of at least three scientific papers with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion that highlight the research objectives and the findings. Monographs are not accepted. 

See a breakdown of the programme structure

International and National Research Collaborations

Our faculty members collaborate with colleagues at various prestigious universities and have established with research groups and institutes, such as the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and CESifo. Our previous PhD students have visited institutions as Autonomous University of Barcelona, BI Norwegian Business School, University College London.

We are proud to that the following internationally reputed colleagues are in the scientific committee of our PhD program:

  • Davide La Vecchia, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Martin Halla, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Giacomo Ponzetto, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Francesco Furlanetto, Norges Bank and BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

The steering committee consists of the following national stakeholders:

  • Maurizio Cannistraro, Bank of Italy Bozen-Bolzano
  • Timon Gärtner, Landesinstitut für Statistik | Istituto provinciale di statistica | Istitut provinziel de statistica (ASTAT)
  • Sergio Lovecchio, Euregio Plus SGR
  • Georg Lun, Chamber of Commerce, Industry Crafts and Agriculture of Bozen-Bolzano
  • Stefan Perini, AFI-IPL | Arbeitsförderungsinstitut | Istituto Promozione Lavoratori
  • Christian Pfeifer, Südtiroler Wirtschaftszeitung

These and many more contacts will provide our PhD students with many opportunities to pursue their research interests, to develop and maintain their own important networks, and experience the life of a young scholar on a truly international level. Finally, it will help them tremendously with starting a successful academic career.

People

PhD Programme Coordinator: Prof. Francesco Ravazzolo (photo)
Student Representative in the Lecturer's Committee: –

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Application

We not only seek highly talented, international applicants with an outstanding performance record, but also individuals, who are motivated, self-disciplined, and who possess a high degree of social skills and a sense of responsibility.

You will be required to take part in a public recruitment competition (see call in due time). Admissible applicants should possess or will need to complete their master, a second cycle degree, or an equivalent foreign title with honours preferably in Economics and/or Business Administration or related fields. Please find the tentative description of our selection process and criteria for the 2021 intake here.

Successful applicants will be expected to reside in South Tyrol during the 4-year period of the PhD scholarship and to contribute actively to our international research environment.

 

Application: from 5 May to 30 June 2021, by noon local time

CALL  GENERAL PART (PDF): ENITDE
CALL  SPECIFIC PART  (PDF): EN - IT - DE

With any further question please contact us by phone at +39 0471 012800 or send us an e-mail: phd@unibz.it.

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