Naples Ph.D. in Economics

The Ph.D. in Economics is a 4-year program offered by the Department of Economics and Statistics (DISES) of the University of Naples Federico II that aims to produce high quality researchers with strong analytical skills and international exposure. Up to 6 applicants will be admitted, of which at least 5 will receive financial support (2 of which reserved for non-italian students).


The first 2 years are devoted to course work, and the last 2 to dissertation work. Each course is followed by an exam, and good performance in each year’s exams is a pre-requisite for admission to the subsequent year. The program is structured as follows:  

Year-1 courses will provide strong foundations in quantitative methods and in economics.  The course schedule from October to April is divided in 4 quarters of 5 weeks each, followed by exams. In May and June, students will produce a term paper and attend short field courses taught by international visitors.

Year 2 comprises:
  • a semester of study in a non-Italian host university, including Harvard, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Montreal and Stanford in America, Essex and UCL in Great Britain, and Amsterdam, Bielefeld, EHESS, Essex, Nova, Louvain, Mannheim, Paris 1, and UPF in Europe;
  • a semester of field courses and reading seminars to help students identify their field(s) of interest and potential advisors.

The last two years will be devoted to thesis writing under the supervision of faculty members, possibly in collaboration with an external advisor. Besides doctoral work, students will provide part-time assistance in research projects and/or teaching activities.