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.