The European Ph.D. in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (Sess.EuroPhD). Sess.EuroPhD is an international, interdisciplinary, graduate program which builds upon a consortium of eight partner universities (Humboldt University of Berlin, Loránd Eötvös University of Budapest, Masaryk University Brno, Sapienza Università di Roma, University of Tampere, University of Haifa e University of Southampton) (D.M. 21-6-1999 N. 313 Art.7).

The PhD program promotes a scientific approach to the study of the relationships between economic, demographic, and social phenomena, with the aims of nurturing the scientific debate at an international level and improving the design of economic and social policies that may boost growth and social cohesion, improve fairness and individuals’ wellbeing in an intergenerational perspective, with a particular focus on the challenges posed by globalization, technological progress, and adverse shocks (such as, for instance, the COVID-19 pandemic).

The research questions investigated by Phd Students and members of the scientific board belong, in particular but not exclusively, to the fields of Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy and endorse an interdisciplinary perspective. The related research activities are carried out implementing experimental and econometrics methods. For this reason, the EurSESSPhD represents one of the few doctoral programs in Europe offering both experimental and econometrics tools - hence adopting the two complementary approaches - to analyse economic and social phenomena. In particular, the experimental tools operate through the “controlled” ex ante generation of data in the lab; the econometric tools operate though the ex post cleaning of real data.

The SESS.EuroPhD aims at training a professional figure endowed with research independence and high organization skills. After the completion of the program, students will be able to analyze critically and rigorously economic, institutional, social, and political transformation that take place in Europe and worldwide, evaluate the effects of economic and social policies, and develop new and more effective measures to favor social progress.

The scientific board has strong international features. Six out of the fifteen members belong to international accademic institutions (University of Southern California, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Oxford University, Université de Lille, Burgundy School of Business, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana).

The SESS.EuroPhD is designed for a period of three years of study, each one characterized by specific objectives and expected outcomes, which may vary depending on students' projects and background.


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