Society and Culture / Master's degree programme
Economics and Public Policy

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Economists and public administrators can suffer the consequences of failing to make judicious choices, which can be the result of having to work with limited or misleading information. Economic decisions are often very complex, especially during periods of rapid and radical changes, and require the expertise of professionals with a broad vision of the functioning of economic and financial systems. The Second-Cycle Degree Programme in Economics and Public Policy is aimed at preparing economists with strong analytical skills on both a theoretical and empirical level so to meet the challenges of public and private sectors.

Course content

This degree programme offers courses in Economics, Business, Quantitative Analysis, and Law. Students enrolled in this program will work in close contact with professors and extremely motivated fellow-students from all parts of Italy, in well-equipped and spacious classrooms and laboratories. They will develop rigorous and versatile analytic skills which will permit them to address old and new problems and expand their knowledge. Optional modules are offered to Economics and Public Policy students. Those interested in a theoretical approach will explore the economic behavior of principal stakeholders, such as families, and economic and financial institutions. Furthermore, modules will concentrate on competition and antitrust policy, and economic relations both between companies and within them. Macroeconomic themes relate to economic growth, indicators of current economic trends, international and financial market trends, and monetary and fiscal policy. Alternatively, students interested in an applied approach will deepen their knowledge of the public sector, program analysis and evaluation techniques, starting from their design, moving to their implementation and ending with the assessment of their results. Particular attention is given to the assessment of the environment where these policies are implemented, as well as individuals' economic conditions.

Career options

According to the chosen modules, graduates will become economic experts and find employment in research departments of public and private institutions, in trade or professional associations, in credit institutions, local entities and companies. This program will also allow students to progress to national and international PhD programs, which will enable them to pursue a career in the academia or high profile careers within national and international economic organizations. Alternatively, graduates can become applied economists. Depending on the subjects chosen during their academic path, they will be able to respond to the needs of those institutions who wish to know whether their policies will attain the established objectives. They can work as program evaluation experts within research centers; as planning and monitoring unit managers in Public Administration offices; as business experts and consultants for trade and volunteering associations, trade unions and foundations. Either alone, or with their fellow students, enterprising graduates can opt to self-employed careers.

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced macroeconomics [ credits: 9]
- Advanced microeconomics [ credits: 9]
- Analysis of territorial systems [ credits: 6]
- Data analysis laboratory [ credits: 3]
- Econometric Methods for Evaluating Public Policies [ credits: 6]
- Econometrics [ credits: 9]
- Game theory and applications [ credits: 6]
- International contract law [ credits: 6]
- Macroeconometrics [ credits: 6]
- Principles and methods of evaluation [ credits: 9]
- Public economics [ credits: 6]
- Quantitative methods [ credits: 6]
- Regional policies [ credits: 6]
- Topics in econometrics: theory and applications [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Mario Forni
dott.ssa Lara Liverani

The course is managed by the Marco Biagi Department of Economics