The PhD programme in Economics trains candidates to engage in high quality scientific research, making use of economic theory and state of the art econometric methods.
Application deadline is 15 January 2022.
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. We encourage candidates with strong quantitative and analytical skills and a background in a field relevant for the specialisation in Economics to apply.
Distinguishing Features of the Specialisation
- 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.
- Candidates are encouraged to make a long-term visit to a foreign university that is part of the Department's international network. Recent PhD students have visited Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, Brown, UC San Diego, among others.
- The Nordic Network in Economics offers a wide range of advanced PhD courses in Economics
Meet Caroline Espegren who shares her experience as a PhD candidate
Professor Jon Fiva discusses the advantages of being a PhD candidate at BI
All PhD candidates receive financial support when accepted into the programme. The candidates are hired as full-time employees on an initial four-year contract. Continuation of the support through the four years of the program is dependent on good standing and regular progress towards completing the programme’s requirements. PhD candidates are entitled to full parental leave and health insurance, and are part of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The workplace is BI Norwegian Business School at its main campus in Oslo.
How to apply
Below you will find an overview of the courses included in the programme and when they are offered.
A PhD from BI can be a gateway to prestigious placements at universities around the world. Below are examples of positions obtained by recent graduates of BI's PhD programme.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
The Department of Economics has a strong research-oriented faculty working within all fields of economics. The department hosts the following five research centres:
CREAM’s objective is to provide high quality research in the fields of industrial organization 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.
CAMP's objectives are to advance research and postgraduate training in relevant fields. The centre will conduct original and objective research to improve the understanding of macroeconomic issues of resource rich economies, and act as a forum for discussion of policy issues between academia, government and the private sector.
CESAR’s core objectives are to provide research-based policy advice to private business and public entities; and to serve as an active network for researchers and decision makers. The centre provides high quality research and analysis using economic theory and experimental methods.
CME has established a professional network and organizes meetings and seminars where researchers and economists working in the financial community in Norway can exchange views and accumulate knowledge.
The aim of CATE is to further applied and theoretical econometric research, and to promote critical thinking about the usage of econometric methods in society.
Oslo PhD Initiative in Economics
The Oslo PhD Initiative in Economics is a cooperation between the Economics Departments at BI Norwegian Business School (BI) and the University of Oslo (UiO).
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:
- Macroeconomics, business cycles and monetary policy
- Microeconomics, and industrial organisation
- Theoretical, and experimental economics
- Labour economics
- Political economy
- International macroeconomics
- Housing economics
- 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.
Following you will find examples of positions that graduates have obtained after completing a PhD with a specialisation in Economics at BI.
"PhD candidates at the Department of Economics have a unique opportunity to participate in a top-tier research environment. Researchers at the Department of Economics consistently produce research in the most prestigious international journals. The department has a strong culture for research collaborations between faculty and PhD candidates. It is an outward-oriented and growing department, hiring some of the best universities across the world. "
Ragnar E. Juelsrud, BI PhD alumnus
Senior Research Economist, Research Department
Norwegian Central Bank
"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."
Drago Bergholt, BI PhD alumnus
Senior Advisor, Research Department
Norwegian Central Bank
“The department is one of the leading research institutions in Economics in Norway. During my four years, I was given a comprehensive and up-to-date course portfolio that enabled students to contribute at the research frontier. I met with engaged and motivated advisors who offered close guidance. In addition, the PhD programme is set up to allow students to acquire the skills required as a modern researcher, including going abroad on exchange and to present multiple times with feedback to develop communication skills. I strongly recommend the PhD programme at BI.”
Martin Blomhoff Holm, BI PhD alumnus
Assistant Professor, University of Oslo
PhD alumnus in Economics
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about our PhD programme.