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PhD in Economics and Finance

PhD Program Director
Prof. Mariano Massimiliano Croce

Curriculum Coordinator


Curriculum Coordinator


Curriculum Coordinator


Mariano Massimiliano Croce
Marco Ottaviani
Peter Francis Pope

PhD Administrative Assistant
Angela Baldassarre

The PhD in Economics and Finance is a 4-year full-time program designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire world-class research skills relevant to economics, finance, and accounting.

The program is multidisciplinary in nature and features three tracks (curricula)economics, finance, and accounting – linked by a common core.

In the first year, students attend core courses that develop a broad set of theoretical and empirical skills relevant to advanced research in their chosen track. In the second year, students follow advanced core courses offered in their field of specialization, and also choose from a wide range of electives.

The second year also sees students starting work on their first research paper.

The third and fourth years are largely dedicated to thesis research work, but students are expected to enrich their studies by attending the regular research workshop series presented by internationally renowned internal and external faculty.

Bocconi places high weight on advising, mentoring and supporting students throughout their studies, and especially in preparation for the international job market. Opportunities exist for students to enhance their development and network through short visits to other leading overseas universities.

Our PhD classes benefit from the interaction among students from all over the world, with backgrounds not only in economics, finance and accounting, but also other quantitative disciplines such as engineering, mathematics, physics and statistics.

International exchanges are promoted within the framework of the European Doctoral Group in Economics (

Faculty members are highly performing in terms of international publications and are active members of the international community. They publish in or serve on the editorial boards of leading research journals, such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Finance, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, European Accounting Review and many others. Faculty members have been and currently are the recipients of prestigious competitive grants (e.g., by the European Research Council and the National Science Foundation in the United States).

The PhD program is designed to prepare and foster an academic career on the international job market. Other career opportunities include central banks, governments and international organizations. In the last few years, our students have been hired by prestigious schools and organizations such as: ESSEC International Business School, The Bank of England, Bank of Italy, Harvard University, London Business School, National Bank of New Zealand, Queen Mary College, Xiamen University, Toulouse School of Economics and others.

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