The PhD in Economic Analysis (IDEA) is a highly competitive programme. Different international rankings place the programme among the best European doctorates. The lecturing staff are mainly members of the Unit for Fundamental Economic Analysis of the Department of Economic History at the UAB and the Institute for Economic Analysis of the CSIC, one of the most important research groups in economics in Europe. It also has the participation of researchers and teaching staff of international prestige who are regularly invited to part of the teaching and research team.

The IDEA positively supports mobility, accepting students from anywhere in the world. Currently, more than 70% of students on this PhD programme are from abroad.

The programme's success can be seen in the variety and quality of centres in which its graduates find work. 100% of IDEA PhDs occupy positions in institutions such as Rice University, Auckland University, University College London, Maastricht University, Padova University, Pompeu Fabra University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Alicante University, Central European Bank, Bank of Spain, OCDE, ONU, etc.

Candidate profile

PhD students must have recognised research experience, through knowledge of the basic concepts and tools of economics and the capacity to assimilate new knowledge, as well as fluency in English (the working language of the programme).

Professional opportunities

This programme offers the opportunity to practise as a teacher or researcher in an international university in the field of economics or work in the private sectors in posts requiring high analytical skills.


Objectives and justification

The objectives of the PhD programme in Economic Analysis is top prepare students to be able to start and complete a complex, original and innovative research project. This research will result in the production of a doctoral thesis in the areas of economic theory, applied economics and economic analysis techniques. In addition, one of the objectives of the programme is knowledge transfer to areas outside the academic sector.

The PhD in Economic Analysis is one of the reference programmes in doctoral studies at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. The IDEA offers highly analytical and quantitative knowledge that enables students to carry out leading research in the areas of economic theory and applied economics.

The design of the programme is based on factors such as the international profiles of lecturers and students, demanding admission requirements, continual evaluation and access to an international and competitive jobs market. This market also receives students from some of the most prestigious PhD programmes in the work, which only goes to support the quality of this programme.

The programme is internationally focused in terms of both students and lecturers and takes part in doctoral programme networks in economics ENTER (European Network for Training in Economic Research).

Research infrastructure

Besides the physical resources for teaching and research that the UAB provides for all its PhD programmes, students on this programme can also make use of the following research infrastructures:

  • A computer room.
  • Study rooms with individual desks, shelves and lockers.
  • An annual photocopy allowance.
  • Computer support.
  • Access to large data bases (CPS, PSID, etc).
  • All the services offered by the Institute of Economic Analysis and those offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Barcelona GSE to its students.

Student also form part of research projects that can provide financial support for attendance at conferences related to their area of research.

The PhD programme also offers students resources for access to the employment market, including funding.


Ines Macho Stadler


Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

  • David Pérez Castrillo: Coordinator and Secretary of the academic committee.
  • Academic committee members: Enriqueta Aragonés, Maite Cabeza, Inés Macho-Stadler and Francesc Obiols.


Departament d'Economia i d'Història Econòmica - International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Edifici B - Campus de la Autònoma
08193 Bellaterra
Barcelona (Spain)
Phone: (+34) 93 581 13 59
Fax (+34) 93 581 20 12


Qualification: PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in the PhD programme taken

This PhD programme has been awarded the Excellent Accreditation seal by the Catalan Quality Agency (AQU). To obtain this accreditation, the following items have been assessed: quality of the training programme, relevance of public information, teaching staff, learning support systems, quality of the results of the training programme and the SGIQ. You can consult more information in the 'Quality' section of this page.

Number of places available: 10
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Economics and Economic History

Collaborating institutions:
Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica del CSIC
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Social Sciences and Law

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