|The European Ph.D. in Socio-Economics and Statistical Studies (SESS.EuroPhD) promotes the use of the scientific method in the analysis of the interactions between economic, social and demographic phenomena, with the aim of contributing to the advancement of the frontier of the international scientific debate and to the design of economic and social policies that support social cohesion, equality, growth and well-being.|
The research of doctoral students and faculty members belonging to the PhD board is carried out mainly, but not exclusively, in the disciplinary fields of Political Economy, Public Economics and Economic Policy, always with an interdisciplinary focus, using methodologies peculiar to Experimental Economics and Econometrics. This focus is in line with the heterogeneity of the disciplinary fields the board members belong to and with the topics of the courses.
At the macro level, the SESS.EuroPhD aims to develop interdisciplinary research in economics, integrating insights proper to research in psychology and sociology, using quantitative methods typical of statistical disciplines. The aim is to contribute to the design of policies tailored to improve social cohesion, intra- and intergenerational equality, economic growth and the well-being of current and future generations.
At the "individual" level, the SESS.EuroPhD aims to train a professional figure with research autonomy and critical capacity in the analysis of complex economic and social phenomena. Ph.D. candidates are able to analyze with methodological rigor the economic, institutional, social and political transformations taking place in Europe and around the world, evaluate the effects of economic and social policies, and develop new and more effective policy measures.
The PhD board has a strong international characterization: 6 of its 16 members belong to international 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 new coordinator, in charge from February 2023, returned to Italy after 17 years abroad. The relationships built during the years abroad are expected to provide doctoral students with scientific and cultural exchanges with other doctorates in Europe and new collaborations at the international level, in line with the activity egregiously carried out by the previous coordinator and the current members of the faculty.
Sess.EuroPhD has a three-year duration: the profit exams are concentrated in the first year, which is preparatory to the definition and beginning of the research project; the second and third years are devoted to the refinement of the project and the writing of the thesis.