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Vienna Graduate School of Economics

The Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE) is the graduate school of economics in Vienna. It focuses on the training of PhD candidates in economics. The school is a collaboration between the University of Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Studies. It is financed by a research grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The three-year PhD program is run entirely in English. The school started with an international group of students in October 2010.

Aim and Scope of the Program

VGSE offers a broad three-year PhD education in economics focusing on specialized field courses, research seminars where students and professors present ongoing research, and includes intensively supervised research time.

Successful applicants at VGSE have completed a high quality research Master´s Program with advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

Graduates from VGSE will be able to carry out independent research of the highest academic standards. They are able to obtain international academic or research positions within policy-making institutions such as the ECB, IMF, World Bank, OECD, etc.

Handelsblatt-Ranking Volkswirtschaftslehre 2011


Philipp Hergovich received "Franz Weninger Award"

Congratulations to Philipp Hergovich, a first year VGSE student, for receiving the Franz Weninger Award at the Conference on European Economic Integration (CEEI) 2014 in Vienna. After Makram Khalil, Philipp Hergovich is the...

Job Market Candidates

Bernd Funovits and Jun Honda are going to the job market this year. Click more to view their job market papers and CVs. 

1st Economic Policy Jour Fixe

The 1st Economic Policy Jour Fixe initiated by Paul Pichler took place on 10.11. Philipp Hergovich and Makram Khalil presented background information on the latest ECB policy decision. Their presentation was followed by a...


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