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The Department of Economics was established in 1983 as a consequence of the union between the institute of economics at the faculty of economics and the institute of economics at the faculty of political sciences. It is currently the largest department of economics in Italy and their members actively contribute to research and scientific debate, both nationally and internationally.

In the Tilburg University Economics Ranking 2008-2012, the Department ranks as the 77th department in the world, 20th in Europe and 2nd in Italy in terms of the publications of their faculty in top-five rated journals. It is also ranked by the European Economics Association (EEA) as the leading economics department in Italy.


Graduate education in the department is organized around two programmes: the Master programmes, more applied in nature and less oriented toward careers in academia, with the exception of a degree in Economics that provides a pathway to careers in academia, and the Ph.D programme, that aims to train research scholars for careers in either academic institutions or in research departments of corporations, public organizations, financial institutions and the government.

In addition to the Ph.D. and Master programmes, the department offers an undergraduate programme that includes a wide array of courses in which students learn about both traditional ideas and cutting-edge research. Both Master and BA programmes are offered through the School of Economics, Management and Statistics.


The Department of Economics provides a dynamic research environment in which faculty members and distinguished visitors conduct both applied and theoretical research in all areas of economics. The department is actively involved in the international academic job market to hire its junior and senior faculty.

The main research fileds of the Department include:

Intellectual life in the Department is centered around a variety of weekly research seminars (see Seminar Schedule) in the areas above mentioned.


The Director

professor Giorgio Bellettini

The Vice-Director and Delegate for Didactics

professor Carlotta Berti Ceroni

Delegate for Research

professor Giacomo Calzolari

Delegate for International Relations

professor Luigi Alberto Franzoni

Department Administrative Manager

Ludovica Turchi