Study plan for the academic year 2022/2023

List of courses / activities for the first year

Statistics | I Term | Geo, Mat, Stat | M. Geraci 3
Probability | I Term | Geo, Mat, Stat | B. Liseo 3
Mathematics | I Term | Mat, Stat | A. Palestini 3
Econometrics | I Term | Geo, Mat, Stat (optional) | V. Patella 4
Computational Tools for Statistics | II Term | Stat, Mat, Geo (optional) | A. Arcagni 3
Computational Tools for Finance | II Term | Mat, Stat (optional) | I. Oliva 3
Economic Geography | II Term | Geo | F. Celata et al. 4
Spatial Data Visualization Analysis & Mapping | II Term | Geo, Stat (optional) | F. Celata et al. 4
Spatial Econometrics | II Term | Geo, Stat | B. Martini 3
Multivariate Statistics with R | II Term | Stat, Mat, Geo (optional) | N. Deliu 3
Risk Measures | II Term | Stat, Mat | V. Bignozzi 2
Bayesian Data Analysis and Computation | II Term | Stat, Mat | Liseo & Tancredi 3
Financial Risk Modeling and Forecasting Using Quantile Regression Methods | Ii Term | Mat, Stat (optional) | L. Merlo 2
Credit Risk | II Term | MAT | C. Ceci 3
Qualitative Research Methods | II Term | GEO | Di Feliciantonio et al. 5
Networks, Complex Networks and Problems of Decision-Making on Networks | II Term | STAT (optional), MAT | F. Ricca 2
Introduction to Calculus of Variations and to Optimal Control Theory | II Term | MAT | S. Patrì 3
Microeconometrics & Evaluation Methods | II Term | GEO, STAT (optional) | Belloc & Cerqua et al. 3
Machine Learning for Econometrics (PhD Eco) | II Term | STAT, MAT (optional) | Ragusa-Bloise 3
Economics of Inequality (PhD Eco) | II Term | GEO (optional), STAT (optional) | Raitano et al. 2
Technological change (PhD Eco) | II Term | GEO (optional) | Guarascio-Cirillo 5
Poverty in a Dynamic World (PhD DISSE) | II Term | | GEO (optional) | P. Montalbano 3
Public Policy Analysis (PhD DISSE) | II Term | GEO (optional), STAT (optional) | d'Albergo & Moini 3
Urban & Labour Economics (PhD SESS) | II Term | GEO | G. Croce 2
Historical Economy (PhD SESS) | II Term | GEO (optional) | Rota & Wiesdorf 2
Sustainability (PhD DISSE) | II Term | GEO (optional), STAT (optional) | Marini et al. 4
Casual inference with spatial data (PhD SESS) | II Term | GEO, STAT (optional) | Sciabolazza 2
Environmental Geography | II Term I GEO | Gemmiti et al. 3
Research and Publication Strategies | II Term | Celata & Incelli et al. 1
Text Mining | II Term (optional) | Pavone 1
Advanced topics in policy evaluation | II Term (optional) | Cerqua & Pellegrini 2

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PhD courses during the first year are organized as follows:

1. Pre-courses (online) | November 2022: Phd students are invited to attend to online pre-courses in statistics, mathematics and economics, in preparation of the I Term courses they will attend.

2. I Term courses | November 2022-January 2022 | Exams: January 2023: First term courses in statistics and mathematics will take place from the second half of November to the first days of December. Courses in Economics and Econometrics will take place from December to the first half of January. All courses are in presence. Attendance is compulsory. The exams for I Term courses will take place in the second half of January. Those who fail the exams will repeat them on June 2023. Those PhD students that are already familiar with the contents of I term courses (see the syllabi) may ask, via their tutor, to be exempted.

3. II Term courses | February-June 2023: Second term courses will take place from February to June 2023. PhD students will decide with their tutors which courses to attend, among those included in the courses’ schedule (see next page), and organized by the PhD MEF, the PhD in Economics, the PhD in Social Sciences and Economics, the European PhD in Socioeconomic Studies and Statistics. Students can also agree with their tutors to attend to any other advanced/PhD course organized in Sapienza or elsewhere.

During the first year, PhD students are expected to attend I and II term courses for a minimum of 45 credits in total. If necessary, tutors may allow PhDs to postpone a maximum of 20% of those credits to the second year. Syllabi for the courses are in the website of the PhD, and/or in the other PhDs’ websites.

The courses calendar is at this link:

The syllabus for the courses are or will be soon available on the top right of this page.

Method of choosing the subject of the thesis

PhD students must send to the coordinator an outline of their research project by the end of September 2023, to be prepared with and approved by their tutors. The document (minimum 2,000 words) will include: 1) the preliminary title, 2) a brief description of the research, its objectives, the theoretical framework, the expected outcome/findings and their contribution to advance the state-of-the-art of research on the topic, 3) a brief description of the methodology, 4) a preliminary structure of the thesis, including its format (book format or three articles), 5) the name(s) of the potential supervisor(s). On this basis, one or two workshops will be organized in October 2023 for PhD students to present their research project.

Admission to the second year

Admission to the 2nd year will be decided on October 2023 based on the courses attended, the results of the exams and assignments, and the research project outline and presentation.

List of courses / activities for the second year

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During the second year there is not an ad-hoc course's schedule. PhD students can participate to any of the first year courses which they didn't attend or postponed to the second year, as well as in courses activities of various sorts, both in Sapienza and elsewhere, based on their specific research topic.
From the second year, moreover, attendance to scientific events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., or training, courses, labs, summer schools or institutes, etc., in other universities or departments, is warmly welcome. PhD students are free to choose the activities that are the most appropriate to their research.

Method of preparation of the thesis

In the second year, the topic for the thesis is already outlined and PhD students develop it in collaboration with their supervisors and with other faculties.
To conduct part of the PhD research abroad is highly recommended. This normally takes place during the second year or at the very beginning of the third year, and should be planned in advance. In some cases, a Joint PhD (“tesi in co-tutela”) agreement can be established. When the PhD research is carried out partially abroad, with a stay of no less than three months in a different EU member state, the supervisors are no less than two and affiliated to two European universities in different EU States from where the thesis is discussed, the PhD student can obtain the title of “Doctor Europaeus”.
In all cases, the first step is to establish a personal contact with a faculty and ask his/her willingness to facilitate the visiting and co-supervise at least part of the research.
A necessary pre-requisite is to have a clear and solid outline of the research project - which must be fully in line with the current research interests of the hosting faculty and department - and a clear idea about the specific parts of the research that will be conducted during the visiting.

Admission to the third year

Admission to the third year is assessed on the basis of the progress of the PhD research.

List of courses / activities for the third year

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As for the second year, the third year does not include a structured courses' schedule, but PhD students participate in various types of training activities, both at Sapienza and elsewhere, as well as attend and present their research in conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, summer schools, both in Italy and especially abroad.

Method of admission to the final examination

Admission to the final exam is based on the evaluation of the thesis. To this end, the supervisor(s) submits an evaluation form, and a workshop is held in which the entire College participates.
The PhD research can be submitted as either a ‘book’, or in the form of at least three research articles. The articles must be submitted before the end of the 3rd year to international peer-reviewed scientific journals, preferably indexed by the Web of Science and/or Scopus. If the articles are not published yet by the end of the third year, the supervisor should guarantee that the articles are solid enough to be publishable, and this must be confirmed by the external reviewers. Coherence among the chapters/articles is compulsory in any case. In both cases, the submission of articles to scientific journals is strongly recommended.

Final examination

The results of the above mentioned workshop, together with the supervisor/s' report, contribute to the decision to admit or not the candidate to the final defense of the thesis.
The thesis is then sent to two external reviewers who establish if and when the thesis can be discussed in front of the final commission, and after which revisions and changes.

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