PhD Alumni

Isha Gupta 

Isha wrote her thesis on "Essays in Female Labour Supply and Human Capital Formation in India“, graduated in 2021, and her placement was at the Faculty of Economics at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republica.



Quynh Huynh (Erin)  

Erin wrote her thesis on "Fostering Human Capital in the Developing World: Evidence from Vietnam“, graduated in 2021, and her placement was at the University College London.



Loretti Isabella Dobrescu 

Loretti Isabella Dobrescu wrote her thesis on “Savings and Health Care”, graduated in 2009, and her placement was at the University of New South Wales. 

“I will always look back to my PhD years in Padua as some of the best in my life. (And I currently live in Sydney, which is a difficult bar to meet in terms of lifestyle and workstyle!) The beauty of the city, the academic standing of the department, and above all, the human and intellectual quality of the people - academic and non-academic staff - that 'make' the Marco department have been the highlights of the time I spent in my first academic home. So if you look for a place to take your academic career to the next level that will unapologetically challenge and inspire you every day, choose the PhD program at University of Padua (Padova for friends). And don't miss the Game theory and Econometrics courses - they're to 'die' for.”



Xing Huan  

Xing Huan rwrote his thesis on “International banking”, graduated in 2016, and his placement was at the University College Dublin.

“I enrolled into at the time joint PhD programme between Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Padova, and University of Verona in fall 2012. The programme back then allowed us to choose our PhD supervisors across all three faculties, and I started working with Professor Antonio Parbonetti in Padova from the second year. The programme is very supportive and resourceful, which opens many opportunities for collaboration with scholars from not only the university itself but also an extensive International network. I also spent a term in Case Western Reserve University as a visiting scholar, during which period I received a lot of support and feedback on my research. Padova itself is a historical and charming city. The collegiate style accommodation also made my time in Padova very unique and unforgettable. It was definitely a very special PhD experience which I could not have had elsewhere.”

 Matin Mohaghegh      

Matin Mohaghegh  

Matin Mohaghegh wrote his thesis on “Operational and Managerial Problem-Solving: From Micro-Foundations to Antecedents of Behavior Modes”, graduated in 2019, and his placement was at the University of Stuttgart.  

My time as a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics and Management has been an extremely pleasant experience. Meeting nice people in a culturally diverse atmosphere and learning from top scholars in a dynamic and international environment makes me consider "Marco Fanno" as my first academic home. Departmental seminars broadened my horizon and allowed me to interact with colleagues and peers, not only from across the university but also from a wider academic community. Furthermore, the chance of spending a considerable part of my PhD abroad as a visiting researcher opened up many opportunities for further collaborations with high-profile scholars."



Marco Piovesan  

Marco Piovesan wrote his thesis on “Behavioral and Experimental Economics”, graduated in 2007, and his placement was at the University of Copenhagen. 

“The PhD in Economics at the University of Padua give me the chance to have a good training in both economic Theory and Econometrics. The international relationship of the department give me the chance to spend a significant part of your PhD abroad and thus be exposed to stimulating learning environment.


Metehan Feridun Sorkun

Metehan Feridun Sorkun  

Metehan Feridun Sorkun wrote his thesis on “The relationship between product modularity and organizational modularity”, graduated in 2016, and his placement was at the Izmir University of Economics. He was enrolled into the joint programme between Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the University of Padua and the University of Verona.

“I had three good years in Veneto. I made very good friends there and had opportunity of living in beautiful Itialian cities. But, more important, the PhD Programme in Padua enabled me a strong academic career start. During my PhD, I enhanced my knowledge on the field of management a lot and got academic skills necessary to conduct high-quality research." 



Francesco Strobbe  

Francesco Strobbe wrote his thesis on “Social protection and poverty transmission”, graduated in 2010, and his placement was at the World Bank. 

“The PhD program in Economics and Management has been an extremely rewarding experience. The vibrant academic environment, the exposure to international experiences through partnerships with top Universities in US and a cohesive community of professors and students are all vivid memories of my PhD time in Padua. As a PhD student you have the luxury of thinking big, being ambitious and creative in actively advancing the research frontier in your area of focus. For me, the experience at SDEM has been fundamental in orienting my thinking on economic policy underpinned by solid analytical evidence. An experience that prepared me well for my current role in advising and supporting governments around the world in developing policies for sound and inclusive financial sectors.”