PhD Program in Economics
The SSE PhD Program in Economics (240 ECTS) is a North American-style program with around 35 doctoral students.
SSE provides a very international, high quality research environment and professors are leading experts in their fields
Paola Di Casola
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What is the attraction of doing research?
I am a curious person by nature, so I thought about pursuing a career in research very early. I think researchers have the great privilege of devoting their time to questions they consider relevant.
Why choose SSE if you want to become a researcher?
SSE provides a very international, high quality research environment. Professors are leading experts in their fields. Funding is generous and allows PhD students to focus on their research.
What is the best thing about SSE if you are a PhD student?
The best thing is the close link with the professors. They have created an environment where you feel free to talk with everybody about your research. PhD students are really considered part of the department, we have many social events to mingle and professors care about our opinions.
What characterizes the PhD education at SSE?
We have many good courses and can attend seminars on a large variety of topics. As PhD students we have spacious offices close to each other, so we can come to know our peers and their research, but at the same time we have our independent space to work. As for teaching, we are very lucky to be able to teach at BSc, MSc or PhD level, all in English!
We like to think that the SSE Department of Economics combines the advantages of a small department, with close and informal connections to faculty, with the breadth of courses and seminars associated with a larger department.
A specially designed course program, the Stockholm Doctoral Course Program in Economics, Econometrics and Finance (SDPE), is organized by SSE jointly with Stockholm University for the PhD students in Economics and Finance. This joint undertaking has developed into one of the strongest doctoral course programs in Europe.
Frequently research from PhD theses are published in leading journals, with Journal of Finance and Quarterly Journal of Economics as recent examples. Job placements of recent graduates include Cambridge University, the International Monetary Fund, Paris School of Economics and University College London.
We offer program research areas in:
- Applied Econometrics
Many of our PhD students spend one or two semesters visiting other leading universities in the US and Europe. SSE is also a member of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER) together with other leading economics departments in Europe.
Life as a PhD student
As a PhD student you are highly integrated in the SSE research environment. You will conduct research at one of the departments at SSE, or belong to a research group at one of the affiliated Institutes, or research centers, depending on your specialization and field of research interest.
Besides the shared office at SSE, you also have full access to premises, library, and IT resources. You attend and give presentations at the seminar series of your department and are welcome to attend seminars at other departments.
As a doctoral student you have access to travel grants so that you can conduct research abroad and participate actively at international conferences. At the same time your student status gives you access to the many discounts offered by membership in the Student Association of the Stockholm School of Economics, such as student housing, discounted student fares for public transportation, and rebates in stores, restaurants, museums, and sport club memberships.
With its inner city location, SSE does not have a traditional campus, but the activities of the entire city of Stockholm are easily within your reach, including day courses, seminars, and workshops held at other Stockholm universities.