This PhD specialisation is designed to give solid training in performing high quality scientific research in economics, making use of economic theory and econometric methods that reflect the state of the art in modern economic research.

Specialisation Objectives

The programme prepares candidates for the international academic job market, for positions in research organisations and consulting firms, as well as national and international institutions like central banks, the IMF and the World Bank.

The Department

The Department of Economics consists of 29 faculty members, including 8 professors, 7 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, and 4 adjunct professors. The Department hosts three research centres, Centre for Applied Macro- and Petroleum Economics (CAMP), Centre for Monetary Economics (CME) and Centre for Research in Economics and Management (CREAM).

The purpose of CAMP is to bring together economists working on applied macroeconomics issues, with special emphasis on petroleum economics. Since there is often a strong interaction between economic policies and financial developments, CAMP will encourage studies of such interactions.

CME has established a professional network and organises meetings and seminars for researchers and economists working in academic institutions, financial markets, Norges Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the FSA of Norway, as well as other institutions. CME organizes the annual Norges Bank Watch review of monetary policy, which is financed by the Ministry of Finance.

The objective of CREAM is to provide high quality research in the fields of industrial economics and labour economics, to provide research-based advice to decision makers in the public and private sectors, and to serve as a network for researchers and decision makers.

The Department is a member of the Nordic Network in Economics – a joint Nordic initiative offering intensive PhD courses by specialists, and financing the participation of PhD candidates from all the Nordic countries.

BI Norwegian Business School

Department of Economics

Plamen Nenov

Associate Dean for Specialisation in Economics

Specialisation in Economics

Course Plan



Areas of Research

The Department's faculty members are actively engaged in academic research. Without being exhaustive, the following list of research areas covers the main research output from the Department of Economics in recent years:

  • Business cycles and monetary policy
  • Microeconomics and industrial economics
  • International macroeconomics
  • Labour economics
  • Political economics
  • R&D and economic growth
  • Statistics and econometrics

For each of these fields, the department maintains an international network of colleagues at other institutions. This is also reflected in the department's weekly seminar series.

Distinguishing Features of the Specialisation

  • All PhD candidates will work closely with members of faculty and they will be included in the research activities of the Department.
  • In regard to specialization courses and PhD-seminars, The Department cooperates with the Department of Finance at BI as well as with the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo, located close to BI.
  • The Nordic Network in Economics offers a wide range of advanced PhD courses in Economics
  • Candidates are encouraged to make a long-term visit to a foreign university that is part of the Department's international network.

"The Department of Economics has one of the strongest economic research communities in Norway, in particular within macro and monetary economics. PhD students are offered a comprehensive and up-to-date course portfolio, combined with close, stimulating guidance by leading scholars."


BI PhD alumnus, Senior Advisor, Research Department, Norwegian Central Bank


PhD candidates are hired as full-time employees by BI Norwegian Business School on a four-year contract. As such, PhD candidates are entitled to full parental leave, health insurance and are part of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The workplace is BI Norwegian Business School, campus Oslo.



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