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Economics and Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #237 (BCR) Trento, Italy
The doctoral programme in Economics and Management was founded in 2004 with the aim of providing state of the art research training in the fields of decision sciences, organization and human and natural resource management. Ever since its foundation the programme has placed a special emphasis on the methodologies used by behavioural approaches to economics.
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Behavioural approaches seek to understand the determinants of economic decision making in real world settings. Going beyond the standard rationality postulate to focus on the actual behaviour of individuals, such approaches have increasingly proven usefully in order to generate predictions about market dynamics, particularly in the fields of finance, natural resources, tourism, and consumption. They have equally shown their validity in helping to design organisations and institutions.

The programme offers two specialisations:

Behavioural Economics

Behavioural Economics focuses on foundations of decision making and bounded rationality, and develops behavioural approaches to economic analysis of individuals, markets and institutions, mostly based on experimental methods, computable economics, agent-based models and techniques.


The Management specialisation focuses on organization theory and organisational and social decision making, innovation management, social network analysis; methods include simulations for managerial decision making and  management practices and firm performance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Econometrics 
  • Statistics and Regression 
  • Behavioural Economics 
  • Management and Organizations
  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics 
  • Managerial decision making
  • Industrial organization 
  • Research Methodology 
  • Academic Writing for the Social Sciences 

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • copy of ID or passport
  • degree certificate or self-certification with the transcript of records 
  • research proposal in English 
  • curriculum vitae 
  • up to 2 reference letters
  • any international certificate attesting the knowledge of the English language 
  • list of scientific publications 
  • any other documents useful to attest to the research skills and abilities of the candidate (dissertations, scientific publications, works publishing, articles)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Trento

  • 700 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


A number of fully funded three-year scholarships will be awarded to the top-ranked applicants.

There are six scholarships available and one special scholarship is offered in the following research area: The effects of the industrial politics.

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