Programmed study plan


List of courses / activities for the first year

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FIRST TERM 0
Mathematics for Economics - Arsen Palestini 3
Causality in Microeconometrics - Marco Ventura 3
Statistics - Andrea Tancredi 3
SECOND TERM 0
Applied Econometrics I - Anna Conte 3
Machine Learning - Maria Felice Arezzo 3
Methods in Economic History - tbd 3
Growth Theory - Carmelo Parello 3
Topics in Economic Growth - Michele Battisti 3
Welfare Economics - Flaviana Palmisano 3
Social and Cultural Economics - Fabio Sabatini 3
THIRD TERM 0
Applied Econometrics II - Anna Conte 3
Growth Theory (advanced) - Carmelo Parello 3
Topics in Development Economics - Jacob Weisdorf 3
Experimental Economics - Tommaso Reggiani 3
Topics in Economic History I - Mauro Rota 3
Topics in Economic History II - Giovanni Vecchi 3

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During the first year, PhD students will attend:

- Courses belonging to three main fields: Quantitative Methods, Economics, and Sociology. In addition, they will participate in laboratory sessions to familiarize with statistical and econometric software.

- Field seminars (topics in Economics, Sociology and Applied Statistics). See the "Seminars" section for further details.

At the end of this stage, students are required to hold a "kick-off seminar" (see below).


Method of choosing the subject of the thesis

At the end of the first year, students will refine and further develop the research project to be finalized in their thesis, with the support of their tutor and of the whole Sess.EuroPhD scientific board.

At the end of the second semester, PhD students are required to:

- Attend a series of seminars in which members of the Sess.EuroPhD scientific board present their works in progress. This stage will help students familiarizing with advanced research and choosing a topic and a supervisor for their dissertation.

- Present their project at an internal workshop (so called "kick-off seminar" in which students are required to illustrate the topics, motivation, methods, data sources and more in general the objectives of the research activity they aim to carry out over the following two years.


Admission to the second year

Students are expected to pass all the first-Term's exams and to successfully present their research project at the "kick-off seminar" to be held in July each year.


List of courses / activities for the second year


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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 will take place from the second half of May 2020. At the moment of updating this website (October 2019), confirmed speakers 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 are 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.


Method of preparation of the thesis

In agreement with their tutors and consistently with their research interests, PhD students propose a research project and a supervisor to the Sess.EuroPhD board. The supervisor will be in charge of monitoring and assisting the development of the student's research activities.

From the beginning of the second year, PhD students are encouraged to systematically establish contacts with other researchers working on the same topics and/or using the same methods all over the world, to deepen their knowledge of the related literature and of the techniques needed for developing their thesis.

The thesis will consist in one or more empirical and/or experimental researches. The empirical analyses and/or the experiments will apply the most advanced econometric and/or experimental techniques to the study of economic and social phenomena.
The thesis will take the form of three papers worth of submission to refereed international journals for publication. PhD students are encouraged to present their work at national and international seminars, worhshops and conferences. At the final stages of the thesis work, PhD students are encouraged to submit their papers to refereed journals for publication. Papers are written in English.

Towards the end of the second year, PhD students are required to present their work at the "internal workshop" generally held in July and at the Sess.EuroPhD generally held in September (see below).


Admission to the third year

The admission to the third year of the SESS.EuroPhD requires:

1) The drafting of the job market paper.
2) Starting a first visiting period abroad.
3) The presentation of the PhD student's work at the Sess.EuroPhD Annual Seminar to be held at one of the eight universities belonging to the Consortium.
4) The presentation of the PhD student's work at the internal workshop to be held at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of Rome. The admission to the third year is conditional on the positive evaluation of the board members.

The participation to the "SESS Annual Seminar" is required by one of the Sess.EuroPhD Partner Agreements. PhD students participate both as speakers and discussants, in order to further improve their integration in the wider scientific community of the Sess.EuroPhD.



List of courses / activities for the third year


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The third year is entirely devoted to the preparation of the PhD thesis, to the presentation of PhD students' work at seminars, workshops and conferences and to the improvement of students' knowledge of the literature and of the quantitative and/or experiemntal techniques employed in their work through the continuous exchange of ideas with leading scientits in the chosen field.

During the thid year, PhD students refine their job market paper and write the other two papers for their final dissertation.

In addition, PhD students spend a second 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.

When in Italy, PhD students participate in:

- The research seminars held by Sess.EuroPhD board members for first year students.

- The seminars organized by the Doctoral Programme in Economics at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of

- 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 addition, PhD students are 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.

Finally, PhD Students are invited to participate to summer schools regarding their specific research objectives. Participation is funded by the doctoral programme, conditional on the evaluation and approval of the Director.


Method of admission to the final examination

To be admitted to the Thesis' defense, PhD students must present their job market paper and the rest of their dissertation to the SESS.EuroPhD board.

The admission is conditional on the approval of the board.

In addition, PhD students must participate in the SESS Annual Seminar both as speakers and discussants.


Final examination

Usually in November, the thesis is submitted to two reviewers. Reviewers can take up to three months to review the thesis and provide a report containing a general assessment of the PhD Candidate's work and comments and suggestions for its improvement. The Candidate has from three to six months to revise her thesis according to reviewers' suggestions.

The evaluating Committee is proposed by Sess.EuroPhD board on the basis of the topic of the student's thesis. The final exam takes place by the end of February of the fourth year, and consists in the thesis' defense in front of the evaluation committee.

The final exam consists in thesis' defense in front of the evaluation committee.

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