PhD – 35th cycle – Thematic fields – Topics in Economics and Finance

Topics in Economics and Finance

Doctoral school in Economics

Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University

Course description

This group of short modules is designed to equip student with an in-depth understanding of issues behind current controversies in economics and finance. The modules are intended to help students familiarize with contemporary academic research and assist them in the selection of their area of specialization. The modules involve: i) reading academic papers and participating proactively in class discussion; ii) developing academic reading skills and promote critical thinking skills; iii) deepen the knowledge of a selection of topics in economics and finance. Lectures of each module are mandatory for first-year PhD students, while optional for second- and third-year PhD students.

Provisional program

Topics in Quantitative methods:

  1. Wavelet methods for economics and finance (Marco Gallegati) (3h)
  2. Impact evaluation methods (Leandro Elia) (6h)
  3. Panel data methods (Roberto Esposti)

Topics in International Economics:

  1. Empirics of International Trade (Alessia Lo Turco) (3h)

Topics in Labour and Demographic Economics:

  1. Migration (Pinotti, Bocconi University, TO BE CONFIRMED)
  2. Intergenerational mobility (Enkelejda Havari, EC) (3h)

Topics in Public Economics:

  1. Italian local fiscal system (Fabio Fiorillo)
  2. The theories on public spending growth (Agnese Sacchi)

Topics in Development Economics:

  1. Education in developing countries (Roberto Nisticò, Unina) (3h)

Topics in Finance:

  1. Company ownership, finance and innovation (Marco Cucculelli)

Topics in Micro:

  1. Maurizio Conti (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Topics in Macro:

  1. Structural change, diversification and modern economic growth (Massimo Tamberi) (3h)
  2. Economics of Innovation (Nicola Matteucci) (6h)

Topics in Political Economy:

  1. Culture and growth (Davide Ticchi) (6h)
  2. Conflicts (Vincenzo Bove, Warwick, TO BE CONFIRMED)
  3. Institutions and growth (Massimiliano Onorato, Unibo) (3h)


Each module can last 3 to 6 hours and will take place in the spring term (April-May). The final timetable will be given throughout the year.


Candidates will be required to complete specific assignments in selected modules