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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. In 2021 six students have been admitted to the program. All of them have been offered scholarships (two 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 is devoted to developing a strong foundation in quantitative methods and in economics, via advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The course schedule from October to April is divided in 5 terms of 5 weeks each, followed by exams. In June, students will produce a term paper and attend short field courses taught by international visitors. Year 2 comprises:

  • a semester of field courses and reading seminars to help students identify their field(s) of interest and potential advisors;
  • 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, Nova, Louvain, Mannheim, Paris 1, and UPF in Europe. The allocation of students across these universities will depend on their year-1 performance and research interests, as well as on approval by the host university.

The last two years will be devoted to thesis writing under the supervision of faculty members, possibly in collaboration with an external advisor. The diversity of research areas covered by the faculty of DISES allows students to write their doctoral dissertation in several areas of economics and finance. By the beginning of year 3, each student will submit a “thesis proposal”, which should include a first complete draft of a research paper. 

Besides doctoral work, students will provide part-time assistance in research projects and/or teaching activities. This is meant to be an integral part of their training, as it will help them hone their teaching and research skills.

OVERVIEW

The Naples 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. In 2021 six students have been admitted to the program. All of them have been offered scholarships (two 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 is devoted to developing a strong foundation in quantitative methods and in economics, via advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The course schedule from October to April is divided in 5 terms of 5 weeks each, followed by exams. In 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. The allocation of students across these universities will depend on their year-1 performance and research interests, as well as on approval by the host university;
  • 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. By the beginning of year 3, each student will submit a “thesis proposal”, which should include a first complete draft of a research paper.    Besides doctoral work, students will provide part-time assistance in research projects and/or teaching activities. This is meant to be an integral part of their training, as it will help them hone their teaching and research skills.   Faculty: The diversity of research areas covered by the faculty allows students to write their thesis in several fields of economics and finance.  Doctoral students are exposed to a vibrant research environment, by participating to the weekly seminars organized by CSEF, and interacting with its Research Fellows as well as the international visitors frequently present at CSEF.   For further information about the Ph.D. program structure, please consult the NSE website: www.nse-unina.it

ADMISSIONS

The selection of students is based on the assessment of the students’ background, research potential and an interview.   Applicants are required to have completed a M.Sc. in Economics and/or Finance with a strong quantitative orientation, preferably entirely English-taught (or to complete it by 31 October 2021).  Also candidates with a M.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering may apply.   Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. Although language certifications are not required, they will be considered by the admission committee together with other credentials.    Full details on the application requirements and procedure can be found at the following link: NPDE Admission requirements and procedureAdmission results June 2021:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Full details on the program requirements can be found at the following link: NPDE Admission and scholarships.

COURSES

CURRENT STUDENTS

StudentsResearch InterestTutor
  Admission November 2018  
Raffaele MatteraFinancial EconometricsGiovanni Walter Puopolo
Chiara ScarfatoDevelopment EconomicsSergio Beraldo
Emmanuele CaiazzoBanking and Insurance EconomicsAlberto Zazzaro
Fahad IsrarEnergy Economics 
Michela Collaro Sergio Beraldo
Raffaele MatteraFinancial EconometricsGiovanni Walter Puopolo
  Admission November 2019  
Antonia PacelliEnvironmental economics and sustainable developmentCarla Guerriero
Ettore SavoiaEmpirical BankingAlberto Zazzaro
Elham DaadmehrTo be definedTo be defined
  Admission November 2020  
Carmine RussoTo be definedTo be defined
Corinna De LeoTo be definedTo be defined
Federica AmbrosioTo be definedTo be defined
Luca Denis NotaTo be definedTo be defined
  Admission November 2021  
Agostino GnassoTo be definedTo be defined
Andrei BelykhTo be definedTo be defined
Antonio GenoveseTo be definedTo be defined
Kristjan MarkovcTo be definedTo be defined
Nicol BarbieriTo be definedTo be defined
Simone ZuccolalàTo be definedTo be defined

CONTACTS

PhD Program Director:

PhD Secretary:

International Office at the University of Naples Federico II

PhD committee: Antonio AcconciaMassimo Aria, Achille  BasileSergio Beraldo, Alessandra Bulgarelli, Emilia Di LorenzoMaria Gabriella Graziano, Giovanni Immordino, Tullio Jappelli, Lina Mallozzi, Marco Pagano (PhD Director), Marco Pagnozzi, Marialaura Pesce, Giovanni Walter Puopolo, Vincenzo Scalzo, Maria Carmela Schisani, Saverio Simonelli,Alberto Zazzaro, Annalisa Scognamiglio, Tommaso Oliviero, Maria Carmela Ceparano

NPDE: Admission and Scholarships

Admission Requirements

The selection of students is based on the assessment of the students’ background, research potential and an interview.

Applicants are required to have completed a M.Sc. in Economics and/or Finance with a strong quantitative orientation, preferably entirely English-taught (or to complete it by 31 October 2021).  Also candidates with a M.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering may apply.

Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. Although language certifications are not required, they will be considered by the admission committee together with other credentials. 

Documents to be submitted

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two academic reference letters: letters must be sent directly by recommenders (as soon as the candidate inputs information about his/her referee in the online preliminary application form, referees  receive an automated e-mail with  instructions to submit reference letters via a dedicated online form).
  • Official transcript of his/her undergraduate degree and master degree, displaying the overall grade (if applicable),the list of exams taken and their grades. If the master’s studies have not been completed before filing the application, a photocopy of the provisional master’s transcript will be needed.  If the academic transcripts are not written in English, or Italian, the applicant will also have to include the respective sworn translation in English.
  • Certificate of good working knowledge of written and spoken English (TOEFL, First Cambridge Certificate, Proficiency in English, IELTS or equivalent). If students have not yet obtained a language certification they can attach a personal letter stating they are able to follow Ph.D. courses taught exclusively in English and they would be willing to be contacted for an interview.
  • A Research Proposal (one-page).

Scholarships

  • Up to 6 students are admitted to the program each year. Two positions are reserved for non-Italian students (students who are not resident in Italy and graduated abroad). Scholarships of  € 15.343,28  each year (net of taxes) are available for at least 5 students (two of whom foreigners). The duration of each scholarship is 4 years, subject to performance. The monthly allowance can be increased up to 50% for students visiting a research institution or University abroad. Starting in the second year, there are also allowances for short-period mobility.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of foreign citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE) available also for Phd Programmes. Further information on the application requirements can be found on the webpage MAECI Grants and on the platform “Study in Italy”.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure requires applicants to file a preliminary application by 15 April 2021 and a formal application (subject to admission at the preliminary stage) after the official call opens.

1. Preliminary Application

Interested candidates are invited to fill the online preliminary application form and enclose  the following mandatory documents:

  • a Curriculum Vitae (mentioning if a Master degree is expected by October 2021);
  • two reference letters;
  • a one-page research statement on a topic within one of the following research fields: Financial Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, Economic History, Applied Microeconomics;
  • any other documents (such as research papers, Master dissertation, GRE, TOEFL) that may help to assess the candidate’s qualifications.

2. Formal Application

Beside the preliminary admission candidates must send a formal application (enclosing all required documents) . The official call is open from 22 April 2021. Formal applicstions can be presented until 27 May 2021.

Promising candidates who have filled in the preliminary admission for the PhD program, will be notified by the coordinator when the official call opens. The  formal application has to be sent in due time with all documents indicated in the official call and represents the only way to be considered by the admission committee.

For more information on the formal admission procedure please click  here.


Candidates Assessment  –  Formal Application

Candidates’ rankings based on the evaluation of the required documents and research proposal:

PhD Final Rankings 

The final rankings of PhD candidates are reported in the documents linked below: