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Economics, subject area Political Economy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Lausanne, Switzerland
Welcome to the University of Lausanne and thank you for your interest in our PhD program in Economics. As the academic home of some of the most eminent economists of the last two centuries such as Léon Walras and Vilfredo Pareto, the University of Lausanne has a distinguished history of scholarship in economics and aspires to remain a leading center for economic research and learning.
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The aim of our PhD program in Economics is to attract excellent students with a Masters degree in economics or a related field and help them to develop their potential to become independent economists who thrive in the academic, public and private sector. While our PhD students are a culturally diverse group and represent many nationalities, they all have a strong methodological background and share a passion for research.

Speaking to the quality of our PhD program, many of our students succeeded at publishing their research in leading international peer-reviewed journals. Moreover, many of our alumni work at highly regarded organizations in the academic, public, and private sector. 

Successful completion of the PhD program in economics generally requires four to five years of full-time studying and research. During the first year of the program, students will complete the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics  offered by the Studienzentrum Gerzensee or in exceptional cases a program deemed equivalent by the CPhD. PhD students will then participate in additional more-specialized PhD-level training courses and pursue their own research (with the occasional skiing, hiking or swimming breaks, of course, to keep a clear mind). 

In addition, PhD students will regularly participate in high-quality seminars and workshops, and present their own work during dedicated PhD training events.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomics

Topics include: consumer choice, demand models, markets, asset pricing, externalities, public goods, principal-agent theory, redistribution, incentives and social choice, different levels of game theory, etc.

  • Macroeconomics

Topics include: business cycles, consumption, investment, neoclassical growth, monopolistic competition, overlapping generations models, fiscal policy under commitment etc.

  • Econometrics

Topics include: probability, methods of hypothesis testing, uses of classical regression, linear difference equations, vector auto regressions, qualitative choice models, estimation techniques, etc.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Bachelor and Master transcripts of grades
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

  • International

    148 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 74 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    148 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 74 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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