Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance


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Graduate Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF)

The Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF) trains students to achieve academic excellence in the areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance with a particular focus on policy relevant theoretical and empirical research.


Recent Publications by GPEF Students

Adams, Z., S. Collot & M. Kartsakli (2020). Have commodities become a financial asset? Evidence from ten years of Financialization. Energy Economics, 89: 104769.

Audrino, F., F. Sigrist & D. Ballinari (2020). The impact of sentiment and attention measures on stock market volatility. International Journal of Forecasting, Volume 36, Issue 2, April-June 2020, 334-357.

Biener, C., M. Eling & M. Lehmann (forthcoming). Balancing the desire for privacy against the desire to hedge risk. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Bütler, M. & S. Stadelmann (2020). Building on a pension: Second pillar wealth as a way to finance real estate?. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, October, Volume 17.


Applications for fall 2021

We are currently accepting applications for our Ph.D. programme(s). For more information, please click here



Economics and Econometrics
University of St.Gallen
Müller-Friedbergstrasse 6/8, Room 52-5066
CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 224 31 38

University of St.Gallen
Unterer Graben 21
CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 224 70 76

Michael Knaus, PEF graduate 2018
The Ph.D. programme in Economics and Finance is an ideal environment for your academic career. I benefited from many courses covering cutting-edge econometric methods. The Ph.D. seminars provide the ideal stage to present your research and to get broad and constructive feedback – the perfect preparation for international conferences! Conference participation is highly supported by the programme as well as gaining your own teaching experience. All in all, the Ph.D. in Economics and Finance was an excellent foundation for my professorship!