Ph.D. in Economics and Finance


The PhD program in Economics and Finance, offered by the Department of Economics, aims to train academic and professional figures able to autonomously carry out research in economics and finance at universities, research institutes, consulting firms, public and private companies. In general, PhD graduates in Economics and Finance may undertake job positions requiring critical and problem solving skills, in which to matter are the ability to identify a problem and frame it in a general context, manage and process data through a statistical approach, interpret the findings and communicate concrete suggestions.
The PhD program, active since the academic year 2021/22, follows the experience of the previous PhD program in Economics and Management from which it inherits the setting but with a change of focus. In recent years, PhD graduates from the Department have covered job positions in prestigious international organizations including GSK Italia, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Reserve Bank of Australia, and University of Italian Switzerland.
For further information, please contact the program coordinator, Prof. Alessandro Bucciol (

Main features

  • Training activities entirely carried out in English
  • Duration of the program: Four years
  • Access to dedicated room and personal research funds
  • First year of courses on general and specific topics
  • Personalized training and research path
  • Interaction with PhD programs from nearby universities
  • Experience abroad of at least six months, financially supported

The training and research activities are carried out entirely in English. The program is divided into four years, during which the activity of the PhD students is monitored regularly, through individual meetings with the coordinator and seminar activities in which the students become familiar with the presentation and public discussion of their research topics. Over all the four years, PhD students have access to a dedicated room, equipped with computers, printers and access to the university internet network. They are also endowed with their own research funds, to finance participation in conferences and specialization courses, submissions to journals and the purchase of computers or other equipment useful for their research.
In the first year, PhD students attend courses, offered in collaboration with the University of Padua, both compulsory on general topics and optional on more specific topics. At the end of the first year, students are asked to choose a field of specialization and to identify a supervisor among the professors of the Department. In the second year, PhD students start working on their thesis and are encouraged to shape a personalized study curriculum based on their research interests, also following courses among those offered by neighboring PhD programs (University of Padua, Ca' Foscari University of Venice). This opportunity allows students to significantly expand the training offer and cover advanced topics such as asset pricing, environmental economics, health economics, or machine learning. The PhD School of the University of Verona provides additional interdisciplinary training activities. In the last two years, PhD students mainly devote themselves to research activities with the support of the supervisor. A study and research stay in a foreign university or research institution for a period of at least six months usually takes place in this period. The experience abroad is financially supported with a lump-sum contribution and a 50% raise in the scholarship. The final thesis must contain original scientific production, able of reaching publication of at least three articles in highly reputable scientific journals and this way contribute to create a competitive curriculum vitae according to the most rigorous international standards.
The PhD program also encourages thesis co-supervision agreements with foreign universities and research bodies. In addition, it promotes the visit of external PhD students from foreign universities. Details on the available options are reported in this document: Information for external PhD students.

Research areas
The research of the PhD student is developed in close contact with a supervisor chosen among the members of the Department. The Department of Economics promotes and coordinates scientific, theoretical and applied research activities in the fields of Economics and Statistics. Research covers a number of macro-areas and mainly the following: Behavioral and experimental economics; Economic history; Environmental economics, energy economics, sustainability and development; Health economics; Industrial economics; Macroeconomics, international economics and development; Public policies analysis; Quantitative finance; Quantitative methods for the economy; Welfare and collective choices.
The University of Verona is among the top hundred world universities with less than 50 years in the rankings of the Times Higher Education. The Department of Economics is permanently among the first Italian departments for scientific production in the CUN 13 Area of Economic Sciences and Statistics. In the ranking produced by RepEc, the Department ranks in the top 10% of the Italian distribution and in the top 25% of the world distribution of research departments and institutions in economics. Still according to RepEc, the Department is in the top 10% of world distribution in various areas including: Cognitive and behavioral economics; Collective decision making; Demographic economics; Environmental economics; Experimental economics; Game theory; Positive political economics; Public economics; Social norms and social capital.

Course details

Degree type
4 years
Degree class
DOTTORATI - PHD – PhD programmes (university)
Supervisory body
Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato in Economia e Finanza A.A. 2021/2022
Alessandro Bucciol
Segreteria Scuola di Dottorato - Area Scienze Giuridiche ed Economiche
Teaching and course administration
Operational unit PhD Unit
Graduate School
PhD Schools Web Page
Main Department
Macro area
Law and Economics
Subject area