Delivered study plan academic year 2020/2021

For the academic year 2020-21, the following courses have been held:

First year

First term

• Applied Econometrics (basic) - Anna Conte (Sapienza University of Rome)
• Advanced Statistics - Andrea Tancredi (Sapienza University of Rome) (course shared with the PhD program in Models for Economics and Finance)
• Computational Tools for Economics and Finance - Imma Oliva and Alberto Arcagni (Sapienza University of Rome) course shared with the PhD program in Models for Economics and Finance)
• Econometrics of Causality - Marco Ventura (Sapienza University of Rome)
• Machine Learning for Economists - Giuliano Resce (Universy of Molise)
• Industrial Organization - Rotislav Stanek (Masaryk University)
• Behavioral economics - Miloš Fišar (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Eugenio Levi (Bozen University), Tommaso Reggiani (Cardiff University), Valentina Rotondi (Oxford University).

Second term

• Applied Econometrics (advanced) - Anna Conte (Sapienza University of Rome)
• Behavioral impact of demographic events - Valentina Rotondi (Oxford University and Università della Svizzera Italiana)
• Data Visualization and Mapping - Filippo Celata (Sapienza University of Rome) (course shared with the PhD program in Models for Economics and Finance)
• Econometric Models for Experimental Data - Anna Conte (Sapienza University of Rome)
• Economic History - Mauro Rota (Sapienza University of Rome) and Jacob Weisdorf (Sapienza University of Rome and CEPR)
• Economics of preferences for redistribution - Gianluca Grimalda (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
• Inequality and cooperation: Theory and experiments - Gianluca Grimalda (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
• International academic publishing - Fulvio Castellacci (University of Oslo)
• Poverty and inequality: measurement and history - Giulia Mancini and Giovanni Vecchi (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
• Spatial Econometrics - Stepan Mikula (Masaryk University)
• Social and Cultural Economics - Fabio Sabatini (Sapienza University of Rome)
• Topics in Economic growth - Michele Battisti and Francesco Gravina (Università di Palermo)
• Welfare Economics - Flaviana Palmisano (Sapienza University of Rome)

In addition, all students (enrolled in the first, second or third year) have joined:

A) Field seminars (topics in Economics, Sociology and Applied Statistics) specifically held for first and second year students. See the second year's plan of studies for further details. All field seminars took place in Room 2B (see below).

B) The seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law jointly with the Department of Social and Economic Sciences. See the second year's plan of studies for further details. All these seminars took place in Aula Marrama (see below).


Second year

Second year PhD students have spent (with only one exception) a visiting period of at least three months at one of the universities belonging to the SESS Consortium, or at other foreign university hosting leading scientists or research groups in the field(s) of the student's dissertation.

When in Italy, PhD students have participated in:

A) The research seminars specifically held by Sess.EuroPhD board members for first and second-year students.

B) The seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law jointly with the Department of Economic and Social Sciences of Sapienza University of Rome. In the last academic year, the following seminars have been held:

C) The Internal Workshop in which second and third year presented their research work in front of the scientific board. The workshop was held online via Zoom and moderated by the program's director Fabio Sabatini.

During the second year, PhD students spend a visiting period of at least four months at one of the universities belonging to the SESS Consortium, or at any other foreign university hosting leading scientists or research groups in the field(s) of the student's dissertation.

In case of visiting periods at our partner universities, PhD students will be supervised by a local tutor who will suggest the attendance of specific courses related to the student's dissertation.

When in Italy, PhD students attend:

A) The research seminars held by Sess.EuroPhD board members for first and second year students. In this seminars, our board members present their current most recent works to illustrate their current research activity. In the academic year 2019-20, seminars will be held by professors Michele Battisti, Carlo D'Ippoliti, Luca Gori, Arsen Palestini, Flaviana Palmisano, Carmelo Parello, Fabio Sabatini, Mauro Rota, Giovanni Vecchi e Marco Ventura.

B) The seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law jointly with the Department of Economic and Social Sciences of Sapienza University of Rome. Confirmed speakers for this year's seminars are: Michel Beine (University of Luxembourg), Vincenzo Bove (University of Warwick), Paolo Brunori (University of Florence), Gabriel Felbermayer (Ifo Institute), Michele Lombardi (University of Glasgow), Alexey Makarin (EIEF).

C) The seminars organized by the Sess.EuroPhD for the academic year 2019-20, which have taken place via Zoom from the second half of May 2020, are as follows:

Seminars on the economics of populism

Maria Carreri (University of California San Diego) - Like Voters, Like Politicians. Descriptive Representation and the Rise of Populist Parties in Europe
Guido De Blasio (Banca d'Italia) - Populist voting and loosers' discontent: Does redistribution matter?
Nicolò Fraccaroli (Università di Roma Tor Vergata & Bank of England) - Does Fake News Affect Voting Behaviour?
Marco Le Moglie (Università Bocconi) - The Persistent Effects of Corruption and the Rise of Populism in Italy
Francesco Sobbrio (Luiss Guido Carli) - Pinocchio Goes to Politics: Voters' Response to Fact-Checking

Seminars in economic history

Emanuele Felice (Università di Chieti-Pescara) - Crescita e diritti umani tra capitalismo e democrazia
Andrea Gentili (Università di Bologna) - Is the cake increasing? The wellbeing of Italians since unification
Nuno Palma (University of Manchester) - The persistence of monetary non-neutrality: evidence from a historical natural experiment
Francesco Sobbrio (Luiss Guido Carli) - War of the Waves: Radio and Resistance During World War II

Seminars in behavioral economics

Fulvio Castellacci (University of Oslo) - Internet use and well-being
Caterina Giannetti (Università di Pisa) - Individual incentive vs public support: an experiment on motivation crowding and social trust
David Loschiavo (Banca d'Italia) - Big-city life (dis)satisfaction? The effect of urban living on subjective well-being
Francesco Manaresi (Banca d'Italia) - Born in Hard Times: Startups and Intangible Investments During the Crisis
Marcella Nicolini (Pavia) - Media and terrorism: a symbiotic relationship?

Seminars by PhD candidates

Concetta Danese (Sapienza Università di Roma) - The electoral outcomes of fake news: evidence from Italy
Jessica Di Cocco (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Is populism polarising politics?
Andrea Fazio (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Minimum wage programs and preferences for inequality
Vito Mariella (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Landownership concentration and human capital: evidence from Post-Unification Italy (1871-1921)

In addition, PhD students have been encouraged to participate in the seminars of other research groups or institutions in Rome, depending on the topics and methods chosen for their final dissertation. For example, PhD students are constantly kept posted on the seminars and workshops organized by the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance (EIEF) and the Research Group on the Analysis of Economic Policies (GRAPE) at the National Research Council. In this latter case, PhD students are also invited to present their own projects, even at very early stages.

Finally, PhD students will have the possibility to improve their econometric skills and their expertise in the field of Quantitative Economic History by following additional courses to be held by Sess.EuroPhD board members.

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