Year 2 

Semester 1 (1 Sep - 31 Dec 2020)

Course attendance in one of the selected partner universities  


Semester 2 (11 Jan - 30 Jun 2021): short field courses and guided reading groups

Each of these will be a 1-week course with 2 or 3 meetings of 2 hours each. The typical format of the courses will be as follows. Each professor will provide a reading list about a specific topic before the start of the relevant week, and each of the students will be asked to prepare a brief report about it by the start of the week. During the week, professors will offer an overview of the field and an in-depth presentation of one or more papers, possibly drawn from his/own research.

The courses that will be offered in 2021 will cover topics in the following areas (or a subset of them):

  1. Corporate Finance: M. Pagano and G. W. Puopolo,
  2. Empirical Methods in Finance: Andrew Ellul,
  3. Banking: T. Oliviero and A. Zazzaro,
  4. Household Finance: T. Jappelli and L. Pandolfi,
  5. Auction Theory: M. Pagnozzi,
  6. Behavioral Economics: A. Rosato,
  7. General Equilibrium: M. G. Graziano and V. Platino,
  8. Labor Economics: A. Scognamiglio and R. Nisticò,
  9. Health Economics: C. Guerriero,
  10. Development Economics: M. Stein,
  11. Matching Markets: C. Meo,
  12. Public Economics: G. Immordino and F. F. Russo,
  13. Political Economics: G. Andreottola.


By June 2021, each student will present a “thesis proposal”, including the outline of a research paper.

In September 2021, each student will make a presentation of his/her research paper.

In October 2021 he/she will submit a complete draft of his/her research paper.

Subject to the approval of this research paper, the student will be admitted to the thesis-writing stage of the program, from October 2021 to June 2023.


Doctoral students are expected to participate to all the weekly seminars organised by the Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), which is located within DISES and collaborates closely with it.