Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. in Econometrics

If you are interested in developing adequate tools for confronting economic hypotheses with real-life data, and making proper inference for policymaking, then Ph.D. in Econometrics is the ideal program for you! The Ph.D. in Econometrics is a rigourous graduate program which allows the candidate to acquire solid econometric, analytical and empirical skills as well as carry out innovative research at the cutting edge of econometrics in a stimulating academic environment.     

The Ph.D. in Econometrics at the University of Geneva has existed since the creation of the Department of Econometrics in 1970. The first econometrics chair in Switzerland was created at the University of Geneva in 1966. This position was attributed to Professor Luigi Solari who later founded the Department of Econometrics. This Department, along with the then Department of Economics, has now become the Institute of Economics and Econometrics of the Geneva School of Economics and Management. Every year the Institute organizes a public lecture called the Luigi Solari Lecture in memory of its founder. Many distinguished econometricians, including Nobel Laureates, have delivered this lecture at our Institute.


A Ph.D. in Econometrics is awarded on the basis of a thesis in theoretical as well as applied econometrics, generally in the form of three scientific articles, evaluated by a jury composed of internal and external examiners. At least one of the three papers should be a methodological/theoretical one preferably with an empirical illustration and the others can be theoretical or applied with a strong methodological component.

Program structure

Please consult the Study Plan.

Ph.D. thesis

Please consult our webpage on Research at the Institute of Economics and Econometrics.

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