The common standard for graduate education in economics around the world is a broad economics PhD program with microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics as the three pillars.
This is because economists nowadays use the same tools and methodology. Especially game theory, information economics, dynamic optimization techniques, as well as econometric and statistical techniques are used across the different areas of economics.
Proper understanding and application of these tools in various areas is the key to modern research. Knowing these techniques, researchers are able to move relatively smoothly between different subfields.
VGSE takes this philosophy as a starting point. Its faculty members either specialize in developing the techniques needed in modern economic research or apply them in their fields of expertese. Modern research tends to require a combination of techniques to study economic issues.
Students are able to spend most of the three-year program on their dissertation research and on attending research seminars in which they experience how research is started up, conducted, and finally reported.
The final dissertation should show that the students are able to execute original and innovative research ideas.