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The Sant'Anna-IUSS Doctoral Program in Economics is a four-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 designed for students seeking jobs in academia as well as those who wish to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies.

The Program is jointly offered by the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa and by IUSS-Pavia, in cooperation also with the UCA-University of Cote d'Azur (Nice, France).

Students are offered one year and a half of intensive course work by an international Faculty composed of permanent staff of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, IUSS Pavia and UCA, and a large group of Visiting Scholars. The training covers most traditional domains of economic analysis (micro, macro, growth, econometrics), and also offers the opportunity to study and get involved in field areas usually neglected in traditional PhD Courses such as 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 study of big-data and economic dynamics. After the training, part of which is hosted by the UCA, 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 teaching activities, Ph.D. students are part of a vivid research environment within the Institute of Economics of Scuola Sant'Anna and UCA, where they are encouraged to take part to various ongoing research activities (seminars, conferences, research projects). Moreover, the PhD Program is part of an international network of institutions and scholars, supporting exchanges of research students and faculty.