Graduate Program

Graduate Program

PUC-Rio graduate course in Economics is the embodiment of our excellent faculty members and students, and their outstanding work. Thesis (Master’s Program), dissertations (PhD Program) and academic papers written by members of this Department are often published in the most prestigious international journals. These papers receive recurrent accolades and awards in Brazilian academia.

The full-time teaching staff within the Department is composed of PhD professors who graduated at the top teaching and research centers in the world (Cambridge University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago). Some professors are PUC-Rio graduates.

With regards to our student population, PUC-Rio Department of Economics has the most selective graduate program in the country. Between 2010 and 2018, 40% of the top 10 candidates in ANPEC’s National Exam (and 36% of those amongst the top 20) chose to pursue PUC-Rio Master’s Program. For the PhD Program – in which candidates are selected via a careful analysis of their CV, research project and letters of recommendation – we apply the same procedures for the selection process.

By bringing together a group of capable and motivated professors and students, in an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and developing research, the result can be none other than a high-level academic education. Over the past years, professors from PUC-Rio Department of Economics have published their work in the five most prestigious international journals in the field  (American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies), as well as in other renowned ones (Economic Journal, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics etc.). 

Dissertations (Master’s Program) and theses (PhD Program) written by our students have the same standard of excellence. BNDES Economics Award selects the best dissertations, and one third of the dissertations awarded between 1983 and 2009, were given to students from PUC. In recent years, our graduate students have also received several awards: ANPEC’s Haralambos Simeonidis Award, ANBID Capital Markets Award, FEBRABAN Banking Award and SEFAZ-SEDEIS Public Finance and Economic Development Award, amongst others. Articles were also published in leading journals overseas (Economía – The Journal of LACEA, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Theory, Health Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economic Studies etc.).

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