PhD in Economics, Lombardy Advanced School of Economic Research

Deadline: 31 August 2011
Open to: Everybody
Scholarship:  For the 2011-2014 years, LASER activities are partially funded by a grant from Fondazione Cariplo. Each fellowship has the same duration as the student’s attendance to the PhD program, up to a max. of three years.

The Lombardy Advanced School of Economic Research (LASER) is an inter-university doctoral school in Economics founded by the Universities of Bergamo, Brescia, Milano and Pavia. The main purpose of LASER is to promote cutting-edge research activities and the circulation of scientific knowledge in Economics. The PhD in Economics intends to select very qualified applicants from Europe and all over the world, especially graduates who have already been exposed to a high-level preparation. The program adopts an extremely strict policy concerning the applicants’ selection, setting rigorous admission requirements. Only applicants with strong motivation and knowledge are admitted.


The first year of the doctoral program is mainly dedicated to the attendance of taught courses (lectures and classes) and relative exams. Students also carry out study activities as well as participate in reading groups and workshops, in order to identify the topic which will then become the subject of their doctoral thesis. First-year teaching represents a combination of “core courses” and “field courses”. The second and third years are mainly dedicated to research, conducted either in Italy or abroad, in doctoral programs belonging to structured networks and part of bilateral mobility agreements. Students participate in research seminars, workshops, reading groups and other educational activities; they also attend modules or courses. Each student is assigned a supervisor, who leads the student’s research activity and evaluates the student’s progress. During the third year each student is monitored also by a second supervisor.
First-year Courses:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Public Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Labour Economics

Mathematics for economists:
1. Optimization Theory
2. Dynamic Optimization
3. Stochastic Dynamic Optimization
4. Mathematical Statistics


  • A good command of economic mathematics, econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics is an important condition for entering the program.
  • An excellent knowledge of English is essential for the attendance of LASER PhD in Economics, since all course are taught in English. In fact English is the official language of the School and its program.
  • Selection of applicants follows a two-phase process: evaluation of qualifications and oral examination by an Examining Committee.

How to apply

The call for applications: Application forms.
For any additional information:

L.A.S.E.R. Lombardy Advanced School of Economic Research
via Conservatorio, 7
20122 Milan – Italy
phone: +39 02 503 21448
fax: +39 02 503 21505

The Official Website

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