Your complete guide to a PhD in Econometrics

Everything you need to know about studying a PhD in Econometrics

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Econometrics is the study of economic phenomena and tests various theories and economic models based on large sets of data. The results are used to make financial decisions and implement economic policies. Econometrics relies on concepts and principles from other areas, like Mathematics, Economic Theory, and Statistics.

There are two main Econometrics branches: Theoretical Econometrics and Applied Econometrics. The former tries to develop new methods and testing systems, while the latter takes the Econometrics theory and applies it to solve problems related to business, unemployment, economic growth, financial predictions, and so on.

An Econometrics degree usually includes subjects like Probability Theory, Micro and Macroeconomics, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, Finance, Statistics, Operations Research, Regulations and Antitrust, International Economics, Modelling, etc.

Graduates of Econometrics degrees can work in insurance companies, banks, marketing companies, governmental institutions, consultancy firms, and more.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 1
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 2
Stanford University Stanford, United States 3
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 4
London School of Economics and Political Science London, United Kingdom 5
Princeton University Princeton, United States 6
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 7
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 8
Yale University New Haven, United States 9
Columbia University New York City, United States 10
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 11
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 12
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 13
New York University New York City, United States 14
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 15
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Milano, Italy 16
UCL London, United Kingdom 17
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 18
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 19
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 20
University of Toronto Pickering, Canada 21
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 22
Duke University Durham, United States 22
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 24
London Business School Camden Town, United Kingdom 25
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 25
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 25
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 25
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 29
Brown University Providence, United States 30
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 30
Peking University Beijing, China 32
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 32
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Spain 34
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 35
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 36
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 36
Boston University Boston, United States 38
California Institute of Technology - Caltech Pasadena, United States 38
Seoul National University Anyang, South Korea 40
Stockholm School of Economics Stockholm, Sweden 41
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 42
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 43
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands 44
Monash University Clayton, Australia 45
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin, Hong Kong (SAR) 46
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, United States 47
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 48
University of Zurich Zürich, Switzerland 49
Tilburg University Tilburg, Netherlands 50
Boston College Newton, United States 101
City, University of London London, United Kingdom 101
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin Steglitz, Germany 101
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin, Germany 101
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 101
Keio University Minato, Japan 101
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) Moscow, Russia 101
Lund University Lund, Sweden 101
NHH Norwegian School of Economics Bergen, Norway 101
Osaka University Osaka-shi, Japan 101
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 101
Sciences Po Paris, France 101
Singapore Management University Singapore, Singapore 101
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 101
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 101
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 101
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 101
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 101
Tor Vergata University of Rome Roma, Italy 101
Toulouse 1 Capitole University Toulouse, France 101
Trinity College Dublin Dublin, Ireland 101
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy 101
University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland 101
University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia 101
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 101
Frankfurt University of Applied Science Frankfurt am Main, Germany 101
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 101
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 101
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 101
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 101
University of California, Irvine Extension Irvine, United States 101
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, United States 101
University of Essex Colchester, United Kingdom 101
University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom 101
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 101
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 101
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, United States 101
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 101
University of Navarra Pamplona, Spain 101
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 101
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 101
University of Rochester Rochester, United States 101
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 101
University of St. Gallen (HSG) St. Gallen, Switzerland 101
University of the Andes Bogotá, Colombia 101
University of Vienna Vienna, Austria 101
University of Virginia Charlottesville, United States 101
University of York York, United Kingdom 101
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 101
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Vienna, Austria 101
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 101
American University Washington DC Washington, D. C., United States 151
Arizona State University Tempe, United States 151
Athens University of Economics and Business Athens, Greece 151
Autonomous University of Madrid Alcobendas, Spain 151
Central European University (CEU) Vienna, Austria 151
Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 151
University of Göttingen Göttingen, Germany 151
George Washington University Washington, D. C., United States 151
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, United States 151
Kobe University Kobe, Japan 151
National Autonomous University of Mexico Coyoacán, Mexico 151
New Economic School (NES) Moscow, Russia 151
Queen Mary University of London London, United Kingdom 151
Renmin University of China Beijing, China 151
RWTH Aachen University Aachen, Germany 151
Saint-Petersburg University Saint Petersburg, Russia 151
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 151
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Shanghai, China 151
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, Canada 151
Sogang University Seoul, South Korea 151
Tecnológico de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico 151
The University of Exeter Exeter, United Kingdom 151
The University of Milan Sesto San Giovanni, Italy 151
Complutense University of Madrid Madrid, Spain 151
University Sains Malaysia George Town, Malaysia 151
University of Bath Bath, United Kingdom 151
University of Calgary Calgary, Canada 151
University of Canterbury Christchurch, New Zealand 151
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 151
University of Hamburg Hamburg, Germany 151
Heidelberg University Heidelberg, Germany 151
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 151
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 151
University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 151
University of Notre Dame South Bend, United States 151
University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand 151
University of Padua Padua, Italy 151
University of Reading Reading, United Kingdom 151
University of Southampton Southampton, United Kingdom 151
University of Sussex Brighton, United Kingdom 151
University of Turin Turin, Italy 151
University Paris Dauphine Paris, France 151
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 151
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 151
Wageningen University and Research Wageningen, Netherlands 151
Waseda University Shinjuku, Japan 151
York University Toronto, Canada 151
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland 201
Aix-Marseille University Marseille, France 201
Ca' Foscari University of Venice Venice, Italy 201
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 201
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 201
Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand 201
Deakin University  Burwood, Australia 201
Durham University Durham, United Kingdom 201
European University Institute Florence, Italy 201
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 201
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Mexico City, Mexico 201
Iowa State University Ames, United States 201
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Karlsruhe, Germany 201
Kingston University London Borough of Sutton, United Kingdom 201
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden 201
La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia 201
Massey University Palmerston North, New Zealand 201
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 201
Nagoya University Nagoya, Japan 201
Nanjing University Nanjing, China 201
National Chengchi University Taipei, Taiwan 201
National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu, Taiwan 201
North Carolina State University Raleigh, United States 201
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway 201
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 201
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia 201
RMIT University Melbourne, Australia 201
SOAS University of London London, United Kingdom 201
Syracuse University Syracuse, United States 201
The City University of New York New York City, United States 201
University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand 201
TU Berlin Berlin, Germany 201
UNICAMP - University of Campinas Campinas, Brazil 201
University Kebangsaan Malaysia Semenyih, Malaysia 201
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 201
University of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina 201
University of Cologne Köln, Germany 201
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, United States 201
Prague University of Economics and Business Prague, Czech Republic 201
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 201
University of Gothenburg Göteborg, Sweden 201
University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland 201
University of Kiel Kiel, Germany 201
University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy 201
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada 201
University of Porto Porto, Portugal 201
University of Southern Denmark Neder Holluf, Denmark 201
University of St Andrews St Andrews, United Kingdom 201
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 201
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington, New Zealand 201
Xiamen University Xiamen, China 201
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloníki, Greece 251
Beijing Normal University Beijing, China 251
Central University of Finance and Economics Changping, China 251
Colorado State University Fort Collins, United States 251
Emory University Atlanta, United States 251
ESSEC Business School Cergy, France 251
George Mason University Fairfax, United States 251
Griffith University Nathan, Australia 251
Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea 251
Lancaster University Lancaster, United Kingdom 251
Laval University Québec, Canada 251
LUISS University Roma, Italy 251
Macquarie University Sydney, Australia 251
Nankai University Tianjin, China 251
National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan 251
National Sun Yat Sen University Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 251
Northeastern University Boston, United States 251
Oxford Brookes University Oxford, United Kingdom 251
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru San Isidro, Peru 251
Rice University Houston, United States 251
Royal Holloway University of London London, United Kingdom 251
The New School New York City, United States 251
Tohoku University Sendai-shi, Japan 251
Tokyo Institute of Technology Meguro, Japan 251
National University of Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 251
University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, United Kingdom 251
University of Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa 251
University of Florence Florence, Italy 251
University of Guelph Guelph, Canada 251
University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany 251
University of Milano - Bicocca Sesto San Giovanni, Italy 251
University of Newcastle Newcastle, Australia 251
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 251
University of Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa 251
University of Quebec Québec, Canada 251
University of South Australia Adelaide, Australia 251
University of Strasbourg Strasbourg, France 251
University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom 251
University of Surrey Guildford, United Kingdom 251
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, United States 251
University of Trento Trento, Italy 251
University of Tübingen Tübingen, Germany 251
University of Valencia Valencia, Spain 251
University of Wollongong Wollongong, Australia 251
University Putra Malaysia Kampong Baharu Balakong, Malaysia 251
Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) Warsaw, Poland 251
Aalborg University Aalborg, Denmark 301
Bucharest University of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania 301
Corvinus University of Budapest Budapest IX. kerület, Hungary 301
Cranfield University Cranfield, United Kingdom 301
Curtin University Perth, Australia 301
Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Paris, France 301
Hong Kong Baptist University Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 301
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Powai, India 301
Johannes Kepler University Linz Linz, Austria 301
Kazan Federal University Kazan, Russia 301
Koc University Istanbul, Turkey 301
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea 301
Kyushu University Fukuoka, Japan 301
Leibniz University Hannover Hannover, Germany 301
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 301
National Central University Taoyuan City, Taiwan 301
National Chung Hsing University Taichung, Taiwan 301
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 301
Pusan National University Yangsan, South Korea 301
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 301
Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch, South Africa 301
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 301
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Copenhagen, Denmark 301
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 301
TU Dresden Dresden, Germany 301
Rosario University Bogotá, Colombia 301
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 301
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 301
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 301
University of Bergen Bergen, Norway 301
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 301
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States 301
University of East Anglia Norwich, United Kingdom 301
University of Freiburg Freiburg, Germany 301
University of Houston Houston, United States 301
University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria 301
University of Leicester Leicester, United Kingdom 301
University of Minho Braga, Portugal 301
University of Pisa Pisa, Italy 301
University of Sheffield Sheffield, United Kingdom 301
University of Turku Turku, Finland 301
University of Warsaw Warsaw, Poland 301
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Canada 301
University of Zaragoza Delicias, Spain 301
VILNIUS TECH Vilnius, Lithuania 301
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, United States 301
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium 301
Wuhan University Wuhan, China 301
Auckland University of Technology Auckland, New Zealand 351
Bilkent University Çankaya, Turkey 351
Birkbeck, University of London London, United Kingdom 351
Bogazici University Istanbul, Turkey 351
Catholic University of Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 351
Chalmers University of Technology Göteborg, Sweden 351
Chung-Ang University Seoul, South Korea 351
Concordia University Montréal Montreal West, Canada 351
Ewha Womans University Seoul, South Korea 351
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, Brazil 351
Florida State University Tallahassee, United States 351
Fordham University Manhattan, United States 351
Georgia State University Atlanta, United States 351
Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan 351
Lingnan University Tuen Mun, Hong Kong (SAR) 351
METU Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey 351
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) Athens, Greece 351
University of Galway Galway, Ireland 351
Oregon State University Corvallis, United States 351
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel 351
Thammasat University Bangkok, Thailand 351
TU Dortmund University Dortmund, Germany 351
Tufts University Medford, United States 351
University of Münster Münster, Germany 351
Université Nice Sophia Antipolis Nice, France 351
University of Brasil Brasília, Brazil 351
University of Bremen Bremen, Germany 351
University of Bucharest Bucharest, Romania 351
University of California, Riverside Riverside, United States 351
University of Central Florida Orlando East Mobile Home Park, United States 351
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, United States 351
University of Hohenheim Ostfildern, Germany 351
University of Indonesia Depok, Indonesia 351
University of Kent Canterbury, United Kingdom 351
University of Liverpool Liverpool, United Kingdom 351
University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia 351
University of Pavia Pavia, Italy 351
Roma Tre University Roma, Italy 351
University of Siena Siena, Italy 351
University of South Carolina Columbia, United States 351
University of Stirling Stirling, United Kingdom 351
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa 351
University of Tsukuba Naka, Japan 351
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 351
University of Victoria Victoria, Canada 351
Washington State University Pullman, United States 351
Xi'an Jiaotong University Xi'an, China 351
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 51
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 51
Bologna Business School Bologna, Italy 51
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Madrid, Spain 51
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, United States 51
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
Dartmouth College Hanover, United States 51
École Polytechnique Palaiseau, France 51
Fudan University Shanghai, China 51
Georgetown University Washington, D. C., United States 51
Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi, Japan 51
Institute for European Studies - Universite libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium 51
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 51
Korea University Seoul, South Korea 51
KU Leuven Brussels, Belgium 51
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 51
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 51
Maastricht University Maastricht, Netherlands 51
McGill University Montréal, Canada 51
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 51
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 51
HSE University Moscow, Russia 51
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 51
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 51
Pennsylvania State University State College, United States 51
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Villa Presidente Frei, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile, Chile 51
Queen's University Kingston, Canada 51
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 51
Stockholm University Stockholm, Sweden 51
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 51
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 51
UCLouvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 51
Panthéon-Sorbonne University Paris, France 51
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University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 51
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Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, United States 51
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 51
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