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Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics
PHBS launched its Ph.D. program in quantitative economics in fall 2018. The core philosophy of the program is to empower Ph.D. candidates by teaching them modern research tools in economics in a patient and solid manner. Initiated by Sargent Institute of Quantitative Economics and Finance (SIQEF), this program focuses on fundamental training as well as applications of modern research tools.

As SIQEF has a set of ongoing research projects, students who are interested in the related fields can opt to work on one of these projects. This will allow students to work with one of the faculties of the SIQEF and learn to do applied research. The standard length of the program is five years, and students should take no longer than eight years to complete the program.

The core courses of this program are also open to full-time master students at PHBS as an honorary “Elite Master Program.” Master students who are interested in pursuing an academic career in the future, as well as those who intend to employ state-of-the-art tools in future work, can benefit from the opportunity to enroll in the doctoral curriculum.
Interview with Thomas Sargent on the PhD and Elite MA Programs at PHBS
Thomas Sargent, the 2011 Nobel laureate in economics, joined PHBS in June 2017 as the director of the Sargent Institute of Quantitative Economics and Finance (SIQEF). In a recent interview, Professor Sargent elaborated on the blueprint of this doctoral program, including its candidate admission, curriculum design and training model.
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Nobel Laureate
Of the Nobel laureates who have set up research institutes in Shenzhen, Sargent is the only one with an outstanding reputation in the social science of macroeconomics
High-Level Conferences and Seminars
SIQEF holds seminars and international conferences, which invite scholars across the globe to share their research findings and discuss various economics and finance topics.
Abundant Opportunities
As SIQEF has a set of ongoing research projects, students who are interested in the related fields can opt to work on one of these projects
Comprehensive Curriculum
Courses were designed by Sargent in which he selected chapters from various textbooks and condensed them into a coherent and comprehensive curriculum
Sargent Institute of Quantitative Economics and Finance (SIQEF)
Our institute strives to put mathematics and statistics at the service of quantitative analysis of questions about economics, finance, and government policy. Our purpose is to learn, teach, and apply an array of methods made possible by the availability today of powerful and inexpensive computational methods and large data sets.
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