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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Copyright Foto Sulzer)


Congratulations to Christopher Nell

Friday, 3. July 2015, 12:00

On Friday 3.7. Christopher Nell successfully defended his dissertation “Essays on Charitable Giving“ at the VGSE. The external reviewers Sarah Smith (University of Bristol) and Rupert Sausgruber (WU) agreed that he deserves the...

Anton Sobolev received Young Economists Award

We congratulate Anton Sobolev and Alexei Parakhonyak on receiving the Young Economists Award given by the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG) for their paper which was recently published:"Non-Reservation Price Equilibrium...

Congratulations to Philipp Hergovich

Thursday, 25. June 2015, 13:00

Philipp Hergovich recently presented his research proposal to faculty members at the VGSE. His topic "Essays on Heterogeneous Agents and the Labor Market" was approved and his contract prolonged by two years. Congratulations!

Martin Obradovits graduated "sub auspiciis"

We congratulate Martin Obradovits for graduating from the VGSE "sub auspiciis" and being honored by the President of Austria. Currently he holds a post-doc position at the Goethe University in Frankfurt at

the Chair of Finance...


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Congratulations to Jun Honda

On Friday 26.6. Jun Honda successfully defended his dissertation "Essays on Markets with Search Friction and Bandwagon Effect" at the VGSE. The external reviewers Yossi Spiegel (Recanati School of Business...

Thanks to our Guest Professor Jacob Goeree

Recently Jacob Goeree visited the VGSE as guest professor. He held the course "Auctions and Mechanism Design" which created great interest. Prof. Goeree is the head of the ESEI center for Market...

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