1 DOCTORAL SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC POLICY Quantitative Models for Policy Analysis (QMPA) Urban Policy and Urban Planning (UPUP)
2 MAIN GOAL The Economic Policy Doctorate School's program is made up of two well-defined tracks of research which complement each other in important ways. The first, Quantitative Models for Policy Analysis (QMPA), aims to analyse different methodological tools useful for defining policy strategies at both the micro- and macroeconomic levels. In particular, this track will emphasise the use of: Micro- and macroeconometric models Computable general equilibrium models Input-output models Microsimulation models Calibration models Data analysis models The QMPA track, while concentrating on the use of quantitative methods, also provides a solid foundation of economic and policy analysis, given that the fundamental aim of the program is to study and implement economic models which may help the policy decision making process at international, national, regional, local or sectoral levels. In the first year, students will attend the following courses, which will be run over two semesters: Economic and policy analysis Mathematics for economics Econometrics I Econometrics II Statistics Applied quantitative methods The second research track, Urban Policy and Urban Planning (UPUP), aims at providing both the basic tools required for analysing problems related to the urban environment, and the specialist tools necessary for furthering the different areas of urban policy and methods for the planning and evaluation of these policies. This track involves quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is concerned with problems of urban planning and evaluation. Courses include theory lessons, analysis of case studies and experience in foreign bodies dealing with the above-mentioned topics using advanced and innovative techniques. Main Courses which can be attended in addition and/or substitution with the QMPA courses: Land, town and environmental planning Urban infrastructures Administrative law Epidemiology. Ecology. Urban and regional economics. Urban Design. Political science and urban sociology. Environmental evaluation. In the second year, students will start their thesis under the supervision of two supervisors, who are committed to report every six months to the Doctoral program Committee on the progress of the research project to which they are assigned.
3 SYLLABUS Within the first two months of the second year, students will present a Thesis Proposal, which must be discussed and approved by the Doctoral Program Committee. Once the proposal has been approved, each PhD student has to give two annual seminars to report on the progress made in his/her research activity. A final oral examination will follow completion of the thesis. Students are encouraged to spend 12 to 18 month abroad in one of the partner or other foreign institutions. ECONOMIC AND POLICY ANALYSIS Introduction to dynamic macroeconomics A few methodological issues on the debate on the transmission mechanism of Monetary Policy Dynamic models of investment Dynamic theory of consumption and saving Business Cycle Theory Growth theory Overlapping Generation Models Topics in Welfare Economics MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMICS Topics in linear algebra Difference and differential equations Mathematical optimization Dynamic optimization Calculus of variations Theory of the optimal control Chaos and non linear models ECONOMETRICS STATISTICS The workings of econometric modelling: an overview Model specification: from the classical linear model to simultaneous equation systems Structural, reduced, final form of econometric models and related matters (multipliers) Simulation, prediction and policy applications of econometric models Dynamic models in classical econometrics Classical vs. time-series econometrics. The role of units roots: integrated and cointegrated processes VAR modelling: meaning and rose, analytical set-up, representation theorems Inference in unit-root econometrics. Analytical representation of a Statistical distribution. Statistical distributions of firm size. Methodologies for the international comparison programmes of UN. Distances: a geometric approach Models of discriminant analysis
4 Kernel approach for distributions Small area estimation sampling techniques SIMULATIONS MODELS AND PUBLIC POLICIES ANALYSIS Microsimulation models for the public policies analysis in developed countries From aggregate data to microsimulation models Static and dynamic models Some technical issues: reference unit (individuals or households), economic variables, updating e grossing up A microsimulation model for estimating income taxes (IRPEF) A brief note on some microsimulation models in Italy (Mapp98, Itaxmod) and abroad (Euromod, Polimod) Simulation models for poverty analysis in developing countries: Word Bank SIMSIP models (Simulations for Social Indicators and Poverty Origins and purposes of SimSIP simulators SimSIP modules already available and in progress The econometric model behind SimSIP simulators Critical analysis and practical use of some available simulators COMPUTABLE GENRAL EQUILIBRIUM MODELS WITH GAMS How to implement a basic partial equilibrium model with GAMS How to implement the simplest computable general equilibrium model (the core model) in GAMS How to insert input-output flows and nested production functions How to insert more advanced utility functions How to insert savings and investment in a static model How to insert unemployment in a computable general equilibrium model How to introduce the government in a computable general equilibrium model How to introduce the Rest of the World in a computable general equilibrium model Extensions: imperfect competition, recursive dynamics and intertemporal dynamics THE SAM APPROACH TO THE MULTISECTORAL MODELLING The social accounting matrix as accounting framework: from input-output approach to SAM approach Multisecotral models based on SAMs: accounting multipliers and fixed-price multiupliers The transaction values approach to CGE modelling Models, closure rules and homogeneity in the TV approach to SAM-CGE models DOCTORAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE Prof. Luigi Campiglio - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, School Director Prof.ssa Anna Agliari - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Antonio Ballarin Denti - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Maurizio Baussola - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Enrico Ciciotti - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof.ssa Enrica Chiappero - Università degli Studi di Pavia; Prof. Mario Faliva - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Piero Ganugi - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore;
5 Prof.ssa Renata Targetti Lenti - Università degli Studi di Pavia; Prof.ssa Giuseppina Malerba - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Domenico Marino - Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria; Prof. Marco Mazzoli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof.ssa Scira Menoni - Politecnico di Milano; Prof. Marco Missaglia - Università degli Studi di Pavia; Prof. Stefano Pareglio - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof. Giorgio Pederzoli - Malson School of Business - Montreal; Prof. Paolo Sabbioni - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Prof.ssa Maria Cristina Treu - Politecnico di Milano; Prof.ssa Maria Zoia - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Dott. Fernando Bignami - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Dott. Riccardo Groppali - Università degli Studi di Pavia; Dott. Paolo Rizzi - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Application forms Application forms can be downloaded from the website in advance of the deadline for applications APPLICATIONS Entrance requirements Admission to the Doctoral program is conditional upon passing an entrance examination, which is held in October each year (details are available from the web site http//www.unicatt.it/dottorati/modelpolec/eng). Scholarships The Doctoral program awards 5 scholarships on a merit basis; each scholarship is for approx gross per year. However, the study grant is increased by 50% (for a maximum of eighteen months) for time spent by the student abroad. Location The Economic Policy Doctorate School's program is held at the Catholic University, Faculty of Economics, L.go Gemelli 1, Milano and via Emilia Parmense 84, 29100, Piacenza, Italy. Facilities Students have access to dedicated study areas, computer laboratories and library facilities. Partnerships Sussex University University of Genevé IMF FAO OECD European School of Business, Reutlingen, Germany Università di Espirito Santo, Brasile For any further information please contact:
6 Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali Tel (310)
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