Phd - Thematic fields and programmes



Prof. Marco Cucculelli








Prof. Antonio PALESTRINI

Introduction: The course aims at providing the Ph.D students the basic math skills needed in order to follow proficiently the Econometric, Micro and Macro courses of the Ph.D program. The course is divided in two parts. In the first part, after a brief review of calculus, will be explained the basics of linear algebra, static optimization and discrete dynamic optimization. In the second part, the topics will be ordinary differential equations, calculus of variations and optimal control theory.





Prof. Riccardo LUCCHETTI
Introduction: The econometrics course aims at giving the students all the necessary tools for a thorough comprehension of contemporary applied econometrics literature, plus a solid understanding of the main topics in contemporary econometrics. The course is divided into 3 main modules:
  1. General Principles of Estimation and Inference
  2. Time series Econometrics
  3. Microeconometrics

Module (a) will not go into the specifics of applied econometric techniques, but rather aims at making the students familiar with the main statistical and computational techniques used in contemporary applied econometrics. Modules (b) and (c) are more applied in nature than module (a) and will focus on applications as well as the theoretical aspects.



Prof. Nicola MATTEUCCI
Introduction: This course aims at giving PhD students a solid intermediate and upper intermediate treatment of the foundations of microeconomic theory, and to present selected extensions, as a basis for enabling the comprehension of the contemporary developments of the literature. Main topics are consumer and firm's behavior, market structures and regulation, and partial and general equilibrium analysis. In detail, the course is divided into the following main modules:
  • Production theory and functional forms
  • Theory of choice
  • Game Theory and Industrial Organization
  • Asymmetric information
  • General equilibrium theory, welfare economics and market failure

While the main emphasis is put on theoretical aspects, some modules also feature empirical applications.



Prof.ssa Raffaella Santolini
Introduction: This course, “macroeconomics”, covers the economy as a whole, looking at its structure and performance. It will focus on:

Macroeconomics fundamentals

  • Economic growth theory
  • Human Capital–Based Fully–Endogenous, and R&D–Based Semi–Endogenous Economic Growth Models
  • Real business cycles
  • Consumption & Investment
  • The New Keynesian model
  • Monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • Agent-based model


  • Structural change, diversification and modern economic growth
  • Wavelet methods for economics and finance
  • Italian local fiscal system
  • Introduction to programme evaluation methods
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Empirics of International Trade
  • The theories on public spending growth
  • Panel data methods
  • Dynamical Systems Theory and its applications to Economics and Finance


  • Octave for PhD students
  • Introduction to Mathlab
  • LateX