Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

Doctoral School in Economics and Statistics

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 is also confirmed by a recent study on the quality of doctoral schools in economics, where the ranking is based on the success of the graduates on the academic job market. In this ranking the ECARES Doctoral School is among the top ten in Europe and the third best in Continental Europe.

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 is also confirmed by a recent study on the quality of doctoral schools in economics, where the ranking is based on the success of the graduates on the academic job market. In this ranking the ECARES Doctoral School is among the top ten in Europe and the third best in Continental Europe.


The first two years of the PhD programs consist mainly of course work. 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. These two first two years constitute the Master programs in "Quantitative Economics" and in "Economics and Statistics", respectively. So after completing successfully the second year a master is granted. The first and second year courses are mainly taught by ECARES member, but also by visitors from other universities.
Depending on the performance during the first two years, students are allowed to the thesis writing stage of the PhD programs. In this stage the students work on the essays of their PhD-thesis under the supervision of an ECARES member. Typically, the thesis writing stage will take another two to three years.


ECARES and the Université Libre de Bruxelles are also 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: Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, University College London, Universität Mannheim , Tilburg University, Stockholm University, Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. To obtain the European Doctorate of the ENTER network students have to spend at least 6 months at one of the other universities of the network.


Students of the ECARES Doctoral School can also attend doctoral courses offered by Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve and Facultés Universitaires Notre- Dame de la Paix in Namur. The Doctoral School also organizes three weekly seminars, two in economics and one in statistics/econometrics. Furthermore, ECARES is now joining forces with CORE from the UCL in Louvain, to create a unified research center ECORE (European Center of Research in Economics). We already have common courses and common seminars.