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The Sant'Anna-IUSS Doctoral Program 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 primarely designed for students seeking jobs in academia, but also to those who wish to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies. Past PhD candidates now work as post-doc, reserach fellow or tenure track in well-reputed Italian and international universities (Paris-Sorbonne, Utrecht University, University of York, New School New York, Sciences Po Nice, University of Strasbourg, Cattolica Milano, CNR Florence), international organizations (OECD-Paris, JRC-Seville), 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).

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 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 unique opportunity to study and get involved in fields 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 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.