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IDEA Ph.D. in Economics

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Autonomous University of Barcelona

IDEA is a joint project between theDepartment of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica, and the Barcelona School of Economics.

The IDEA Graduate Program in Economics is a doctoral program structured along the lines of Anglo-Saxon tradition: Two years of course work leading to a master’s degree, the IDEA Master in Economic Analysis, providing students with a solid training in economic theory, followed by three years of original research leading to a doctoral degree, the IDEA Ph.D. Program in Economics. Admission into the PhD program is based on a careful evaluation of the student's background, which includes the grades in the master's courses and the quality of the master's research paper.

Our Ph.D. students enjoy a high level of student-faculty interaction and a stimulating research environment with regular seminars and workshops. Additionally, being a reference Ph.D. program of the Barcelona School of Economics offers our students excellent opportunities, like participating in the jointly organized research events or facilitating research collaboration among its members.

The IDEA Ph.D. Program is part of the ENTER network of European universities.


The IDEA Graduate Program in Economics prepares students for academic careers as well as positions as experts in business, finance, government, and research organizations. Our students and faculty are immersed in an English-speaking international community, and our graduates participate and are placed in the global job market. 

Some placements:

  • Duke School of Business (USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (China)
  • Toulouse School of Economics (France)
  • University College London (UK)
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Universität Mannheim (Germany)
  • United Nations Human Development Program (USA)
  • USC Marshall School of Business (USA)
  • World Bank (Switzerland)


Faculty members are internationally-recognized researchers with an outstanding record of publications in top international journals. The diversity of our faculty has contributed to our program's success in training students in a wide range of fields of specialization. Our students also benefit from the visits of prestigious international scholars who regularly teach and advise in our program.

How to Apply

The IDEA Master's Program (years 1 and 2, which constitute the education in the classroom) and the IDEA Ph.D. Program (years 3 and above, which are the years of conducting research) are, together, one unit when pursuing our doctoral degree.

Admission to the IDEA Master's Program is based on academic excellence. Students with a university degree and a good mathematical background are encouraged to apply. Applications are evaluated continuously from November 30 until enrollment reaches capacity. Formally, admissions close on June 30. 

Applications must be submitted online. Along with your application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If your transcripts are not English, Spanish, or Catalan, you will need an official translation. You must also include transcripts of all your graduate work if applicable.
  2. A statement of purpose describing your motivation to pursue a graduate degree in Economics. If you have a specific interest in a particular field of Economics, please describe it in your statement of purpose.
  3. GRE and English proficiency test scores. Although these documents are not compulsory, we encourage you to include them with your application.
  4. Once you have uploaded all the necessary documentation, two letters of recommendation will be automatically requested to your letter writers. Your letter writers will receive email instructions on how to upload the reference letter.

There is a non-refundable 60€ application fee.

Important.  All admission offers are conditional on the original supporting documentation being submitted upon arrival.


We have been able to finance all our Ph.D. students with full fellowships.

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Edifici B, Campus de la UAB

08193 Barcelona , Spain