The ECARES Doctoral School offers internationally competitive, high quality PhD programs in "Economics and Statistics" and in "Quantitative Economics". The outstanding quality of the ECARES Doctoral School has been also confirmed by recent studies on the quality of doctoral schools in economics. One of them is based on the success of the graduates on the academic job market. It finds that the ECARES Doctoral School is among the top ten in Europe and the third best in Continental Europe. The other one is based on the scientific achievements of the graduates. It shows that one of our graduates, Domenico Giannone, is among the top 65 of young researchers worldwide who graduated less than 15 years ago.
The first two years towards a PhD degree constitute the Research Master in "Economics" and in "Economics and Statistics", respectively. During the first year the students follow courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics. In the second year students do field courses and write a first scientific paper and attend the research seminars.
Depending on the performance during the first two years, students are allowed to the thesis writing phase (doctorat) of the PhD programs. During this phase, the students work on the essays of their PhD-thesis under the supervision of an ECARES member (co-supervision with professors from other universities are welcome). Typically, the thesis writing phase will take another two to three years. During the thesis writing phase the PhD students present their research in the internal and external seminars, participate in workshops and conferences, attend summer and winter schools, follow advanced field courses, etc. They are also most welcome to take their own initiatives and create, e.g. reading groups or short topical courses.
Students that have already finished another master program (of 120 ECTS) that contained courses equivalent to those that we offer might get waivers for some of the courses. In case of enough waivers, the Research Master can be done in one year. This is determined on a case-to-case basis.
ECARES is part of the European Doctoral Program network ENTER. This network allows the students to do part of their PhD at one of our partner universities (University College London, Universitat Mannheim, Tilburg University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University). Students may participate in the ENTER network during the Master and/or during the thesis writing phase. In the former, students have to spend the entire second year in one of the partner universities. In the later, student have to spend at least 6 months at one of the other universities of the network. For more information visit the ENTER website.
The Doctoral School also organizes several seminar series. There are four weekly seminars (economics, econometrics and statistics, pure statistics, and internal), one monthly seminar on the economics of art and culture, and four quarterly seminar joint with CORE, KULeuven and the National Bank of Belgium. Furthermore, ECARES and CORE from the UCL in Louvain-la-neuve organize together the ECORE seminar.