PhD Programme in Economics, Statistics and Sustainability
Description and learning objectives
Despite the fact that this PhD course is designed within a broad disciplinary field, the professors and scholars involved – mostly economists and statisticians – determine a well-defined and specific character of the programme. With their interdisciplinary approach, they provide in-depth and updated quantitative (statistical-econometric) and qualitative knowledge, offering a complex, comprehensive and far-reaching research and educational framework. The research topics relate, in particular, to applied statistics and econometrics in the field of economic policy, socio-economic and environmental studies linked to the analysis of tax evasion, the submerged and informal economy and money laundering, living conditions (poverty and inequality) and the labour market, environmental and territorial sustainable development and economic wellbeing. The focus on sustainability is viewed from a multidimensional perspective taking into account the entire economic system that results from economic, social and environmental connections. More specifically, the core research interest of the PhD programme is the integrated and complementary study of non-competitive economies due to, for instance, the presence of tax distortion or negative externalities. Such interdisciplinary topics provide PhD candidates with key employability skills in both the national and international labour markets.
The aim of the PhD course is to train students to carry out scientific and operational research at the national and international levels. Therefore, the programme leads them to become familiar with the academic world, public and private economic research centres (at the regional, national and international levels), public bodies and international organizations, public and private companies, the world of business, financial, statistical and institutional consulting agencies, authorities, and financial intermediaries.
The professors and researchers involved in the course are very active in fundraising, thus creating job opportunities through regional, national and international research projects. Among their funded research projects are the following: PRIN 2015; POR "Sistema Universitario Campano" 2014; PRIN 2012: Taxation, ‘tax morale’ and tax evasion; PRIN 2009: Macro-economic Implications, Informal Economy and Tax Evasion; Eurostat (08-14): Multivariate statistical methods for risk assessment; Quality, methodology and research: Methodological support guidelines, tools and desktop study for the implementation of the methods for an integrated system of European Social Surveys; Small area methods for poverty and living condition estimates; and other projects on issues pertaining to sustainability and product quality monitoring.