Placements Completed for Graduates of GSE Reference Doctoral Programs

The 2008 job market windes down as placements are finalized for graduating doctoral students of the GPEFM program of the UPF and the IDEA program of the UAB, the reference doctoral programs of the Barcelona GSE.

The particular excellence of this year’s placements is testament to the value of the programs. This year saw placements throughout Europe and the US, as well as in top institutions of Asia and South America. While most students accept tenure track positions at universities and research institutions, others opt for alternate applications of their PhD.

The Postgraduate School at the UAB's Bellaterra campus, site of the IDEA program

Pau Olivella, Placement Officer of the IDEA program and GSE Affiliated Professor, emphasizes the range of placements that the graduates have obtained. “The IDEA program has a history of placing its PhDs in prestigious academic and non-academic positions, such as the universities of Aarhus, Carlos III de Madrid, Dortmund, New South Wales, UPF, and Shanghai; the Central Banks of Mexico, Venezuela; or the United Nations.”

The anecdotal success of the PhD programs is backed by empirical evidence. In February 2008, The Review of Economics and Statistics published an article titled “Ranking Economics Departments Worldwide on the Basis of PhD Placement”, coauthored by Rabah Amir (University of Arizona) and Malgorzata Knauff (Warsaw School of Economics).

In it the researchers reveal a global ranking of economics departments based on the idea that a department's value is reflected in the reputation of the accumulated placements achieved by their Ph.D students- the higher the total value of the employing institutions the higher the value of the Ph.D program.

The ranking highlights the strong position of the GPEFM and IDEA doctoral programs. In a short period of time (they are both 15 years old) they have managed to position themselves as the 9th and 14th in Europe, respectively. As Amir and Knauff say "several Departments have entered the global market for Ph.D education in the last 15 years at a level that earned them a place in the rankings".

The Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona enjoy a close link with the GSE, sharing both faculty and resources. In some instances, graduates of the GSE master programs continue their studies in one of the reference doctoral programs.

Since their respective founding-- the GPEFM program in 1993 and the IDEA program in 1991-- the programs have awarded doctoral degrees to 125 and 130 students, respectively.

The Ciutadella campus, site of the UPF's GPEFM program

2008 Placements for GPEFM and IDEA Programs

Name PhD Program Placement
Berger, Stefan GPEFM NERA Madrid
Buono, Ines GPEFM Banca d’Italia
Comola, Margherita GPEFM Paris School of Economics (post-doc)
Cusolito, Ana Paula GPEFM World Bank
Debortoli, Davide GPEFM University of California San Diego
Dorich, Jose GPEFM Bank of Canada
Ergun, Selim IDEA University of Granada
Franke, Jorg IDEA University of Dortmund
Felfe, A. Christina GPEFM Universität St. Gallen
Forlati, Chiara GPEFM Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (postdoc)
Garcia, Pilar GPEFM Univ. Erasmus Rotterdam
Karelaia, Natalia GPEFM INSEAD
Kinateder, Markus IDEA Universidad de Navarra
Lanau, Sergi GPEFM Bank of England
Lin, Ligun IDEA Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Llorente, Aniol GPEFM California Institute of Technology (post-doc)
Lucena, Abel GPEFM Universitat de les Illes Balears
Molinari, Benedetto GPEFM Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Ozturk, Tahir IDEA Textile Lamination SL, Sales and Marketing Department
Pirc, Mitja GPEFM N/A
Pousset, Joanna IDEA Universitat de les Illes Balears
Prokofieva, Irina IDEA Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya, Medforex Project Centre
Reutskaja, Elena GPEFM IESE Business School
Rode, Julian GPEFM Universität Mannheim
Sangiorgi, Francesco GPEFM Stockholm School of Economics
Turino, Francesco GPEFM Università di Bologna (post-doc)
Ursino, Giovanni GPEFM Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia (postdoc)
Voigtländer, Nico GPEFM UCLA Anderson School of Management
Yau, Lan IDEA Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Zanarone, Giorgio GPEFM CUNEF/FEDEA- Post Doc


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