The Naples Ph.D. in Economics (NPDE) is a 4-year program offered by the Naples School of Economics (NSE), which groups the graduate programs in economics and finance of the Department of Economics and Statistics (DISES) of the University of Naples Federico II.

The program aims to produce high quality researchers with strong analytical skills and international exposure. 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.

•          Program structure: In year 1, students take advanced courses in micro, macro, mathematics and econometrics, while year 2 comprises a semester of study in a non-Italian university and a semester of field courses and reading seminars to help students identify their fields of interest and potential advisors. Host universities include Harvard, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, MIT and Stanford in the US, Montreal in Canada, Essex and UCL in the UK, and Amsterdam, Bielefeld, EHESS, Essex, Nova, Louvain, Mannheim, Paris 1 and UPF in Europe.
Years 3 and 4 are 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", including a complete draft of a research paper. Besides doctoral work, students will provide part-time assistance in research projects and/or teaching activities.

•          Scholarships: Four positions are available with a full-time scholarship (approximately €13.590,00 each year, net of taxes). Financial support for two additional positions may be available.

•          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


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 2019). Also candidates with a M.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering may apply.

The preliminary application for the admission to the NPDE program, together with its supporting material, should be submitted by 15 May 2019.

Full details on the application requirements and procedure can be found at the following link: NPDE Admission requirements and procedure


Program Requirements

Organization of the PhD program

The PhD in Economics is a three-year program. All PhD courses are taught in English. The final dissertation can be written in English or Italian. By the end of each year, students must report on their activities (courses, research) and present their work during a public seminar. On the basis of this report, the Faculty admits the student to the second and third years and, in the third year, to the final examination. During the three years, all students must take courses for credit, and pass the corresponding exams according to the general schedule presented below. The total number of credits is 180 over the three years.

Please consult the section  Courses for details on courses offered.

First year (60 Credits): in the first year students are required to:

  • take CORE COURSES (50 ECTS)
  • participate in the seminars and workshop organized by DISES and CSEF (3ECTS);
  • prepare a brief outline of a PhD proposal (7 ECTS).

By the end of the first year, students define their research plan for the final dissertation and choose a research supervisor with the help of the PhD Director. From here on, they work in close contact with their supervisor on the PhD proposal.

Second year (60 ECTS): in the second year students are required to:

  • take further CORE COURSES  (15 ECTS);
  • choose ELECTIVE COURSES in two fields (18 ECTS);
  • participate in the seminars and workshops organized by DISES and CSEF (3 ECTS);
  • prepare a detailed PhD proposal (24 ECTS).

Students may spend all or part of the second year abroad, attending elective courses relevant to their research. By the end of the second year, students must present their research proposal in a seminar, open to students and Faculty members. A good seminar and a positive evaluation of the research progress is a necessary condition for admission to the third year.

Third year (60 ECTS): during the third year students are required to:

  • actively participate in the seminars and workshops organized by DISES and CSEF (8 ECTS);
  • complete their dissertation (52 ECTS).

Admission to the final Thesis Defense is conditional on a positive assessment of the entire dissertation by the supervisor and the PhD Faculty.

Final examination: the final examination involves a Committee of internal and external professors, proposed by the Faculty and appointed by the Rector of the University, according to the criteria required by the Doctor Europaeus certificate. The final dissertation consists of at least two essays, formatted as scientific papers of sufficient quality and originality for potential publication in reputable international refereed journals. It may also contain suitable material for a research monograph of sufficient quality and originality for potential international diffusion.

International experience and teaching duties

During the PhD program, every student must have at least one direct international experience, including visits for research purposes in non-Italian research institutions (at least three months are required to obtain the Doctor Europaeus certificate), attending an international school or an international conference, and presenting research results in international seminars and conferences. During the program, students are expected to collaborate with the Faculty working as teaching assistants for a maximum of 40 hours. The PhD director discusses with the student and with the Faculty committee whether his/her teaching activities are compatible with the doctoral program.


In the first two years of the PhD Program, students are required to take Core and Elective Courses.

Core Courses (36/42 hours),:

  • courses in Microeconomics, Mathematical Economics, Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Econometrics offered to PhD students as well as to Master students;
  • courses specifically offered for the PhD program (and attended only by PhD students).

Elective courses (10/18 hours),:

  • "topic courses" attended by PhD students as well as Master students, offering a structured view of the literature and its development in a specific field;
  • "advanced topic courses" offered only to PhD students, in order to help them during the path that leads to the frontier of research in specific fields of economics. .

A non-exhaustive list of fields in which elective courses are offered is: Banking and Finance, Economic History, Economic Theory, Labour Economics.

Students with postgraduate qualifications equivalent to a Master's degree (in particular students holding the  Master in Economics and Finance)   may be admitted directly to the advanced course program, subject to approval by the PhD Director.

Current Students


PhD Students

Research interest



Admission: November 2015  

 Claudio Chino


Antonio Acconcia

 Francesco Caruso

 Game Theory

Jacqueline Morgan

 Filippo Di Iorio

 Economic History

Francesco Dandolo

 Roberta Messali

 Game Theory

 Lina Mallozzi


Admission: November 2016  

 Luca Coraggio

 Financial Economics

Marco Pagano

 Vittorio Di Somma

 Financial Economics

Emilia Di Lorenzo

 Ceesay Muhammad 

 Microeconomic Theory

Marco Pagnozzi

 Elisa Scarinzi

 Applied Microeconomics

Antonio Acconcia

 Niccolò Urbinati

 Microeconomic Theory

Maria Gabriella Graziano




Admission: November 2017 



Simone Chinetti


Antonio Acconcia

Luigi Gifuni



Amadou Jallow

Development Economics

Alberto Zazzaro

Carla Ronza


Antonio Acconcia

Marco Scaglione*


Massimo Aria

Federica Sica

Financial Economics

Emilia Di Lorenzo

Annalisa Tirozzi*


Edoardo Di Porto




*Progetto Dottorato Industriale