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.
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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.
Topics include: business cycles, consumption, investment, neoclassical growth, monopolistic competition, overlapping generations models, fiscal policy under commitment etc.
Topics include: probability, methods of hypothesis testing, uses of classical regression, linear difference equations, vector auto regressions, qualitative choice models, estimation techniques, etc.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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