European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics


Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Initiated in 1979 and concentrating on modern (quantitative) economics, the European Doctoral Program (or EDP) was the first multi-university doctoral program of its kind. A testimony to its success is that it has since been emulated by several similar university networks across Europe. At Louvain, it is part of the regular economics doctoral program, but is distinct from it in that the EDP has

  1. separate admissions procedure, requirements and application forms,
  2. somewhat different minimum grade point average requirements (see below),
  3. a mandatory stay abroad at one of the partner universities (for at least 6 months).


The entire economics graduate program is in English, as are research seminars, theses, academic correspondence, etc.

The standard requirement for admission to the EDP is the Research Master in Economics degree from Louvain with honors (i.e. an overall grade average of at least 75% and 80% on the Research Master thesis), or a Research Master in Economics equivalent.

To enter the EDP, the candidate should first enrol in the Doctoral Program of the Economics School of Louvain. Once admitted, the student can apply for admission to EDP. Applications for admission to EDP should be sent by email to There is no deadline for EDP admissions.

The EDP program committee evaluates each year the progress made by each student.

Advanced Level Course Work

Students admitted to the EDP at UCL do course work and follow seminars under the guidance of the faculty members associated with the EDP. They enroll in the doctoral program of the Economics School of Louvain (Graduate School of Economics) and they must choose courses within the courses offered by the three participating entities. In addition, doctoral students must attend at least one research seminar per week (see below).

Students working towards a degree at Louvain should find a supervisor for their thesis and register for the confirmation stage. This comprises the approval of a dissertation project by the Department of Economics, as well as regular attendance and presentation of work in progress at the doctoral research seminar.

Doctoral students at the dissertation stage are required to attend two research seminars per week.

There are five research seminars:

Each of them meets every week during the academic year. Research seminars are presented mostly by guest speakers from other universities, but also by local people. Attendance of the seminar(s) related to a student's research interests is an important aspect of the advanced level work under the European Doctoral Program.

Stay abroad

A stay abroad at one of the partner universities is required. This stay should last a minimum of 3 months. Please note that a full academic year is required for the stay abroad at LSE.

Research Activities

The main research interests of the faculty involved in the European Doctoral Program are very broad and include:

  • Game theory and its economic applications; Public economics, political economy and social choice; Industrial organization and imperfect competition; Economics of uncertainty; General equilibrium theory; Microeconomic foundations of macroeconomics.
  • Non- and semi-parametric, Bayesian and simulation-based methods of inference in econometrics; Computational techniques (Monte Carlo, bootstrapping); Applications of econometrics to finance, micro and macro data.
  • Macroeconomic dynamics and growth theory; labor economics; Welfare economics; Economics of Inequality and Poverty.

These research activities are conducted at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), and at the Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales (IRES). The faculty members' web pages may be consulted via these links.


Tuition for first year students amounts to 835 EUR, and then 32 EUR for the following years. Read more about funding possibilities.


EDP Committee

  • VANNETELBOSCH Vincent, EDP director


  • AGRELL Per (Supply chain management, network regulation)
  • BAUWENS Luc (Econometrics and statistical methods)
  • BELLEFLAMME Paul (Industrial organization)
  • BLOME Constantin (Supply Management and Procurement)
  • BODART Vincent (Macroeconomics)
  • BRÉCHET Thierry (Environmental economics)
  • CASSIERS Isabelle (Macroeconomics and economic history)
  • CHEVALIER Philippe (Operations research: stochastic models, supply chain and management)
  • DAVILA Julio (Economic theory, game theory, macroeconomics)
  • DE LA CROIX David (Growth theory, human capital and demography, overlapping generations)
  • DEHEZ Pierre (Economic theory)
  • DEJEMEPPE Muriel (Labour economics and econometrics)
  • DOCQUIER Frédéric (Population Economics)
  • GAO Zhengyan (Econometrics)
  • GIOT Pierre (Financial econometrics)
  • HAFNER Christian (Financial econometrics and applied nonparametric statistics)
  • HINDRIKS Jean (Public economics and political economy)
  • MANIQUET François (Microeconomics, social choice theory, public economics)
  • MARIANI Fabio (Economic growth and development, political economy)
  • MAULEON Ana (Game theory, social choice and welfare economics, industrial organization)
  • MAYNERIS Florian (International trad)
  • NYSSENS Marthe (Development economics, social economics)
  • OIKONOMOU Rigas (Macroeconomic theory and policy)
  • PARENTI Mathieu (International trade and industrial organization)
  • PARIENTE William (Political economy)
  • PEETERS Dominique (Economic geography and regional economics)
  • PENSIEROSO Luca (Macroeconomics)
  • SCHOKKAERT Erik (Public economics, welfare economics)
  • THOMAS Isabelle (Economic geography and regional economics)
  • VAN BELLEGEM Sébastien (Statistics and econometrics)
  • VAN DER LINDEN Bruno (Labour economics)
  • VAN VYVE Mathieu (Discrete optimization, computational economics, operations research)
  • VANDENBERGHE Vincent (Education economics)
  • VANNETELBOSCH Vincent (Microeconomics and game theory)
  • WAUTHY Xavier (Industrial organization and economies of education)

Professors Emeritus

  • D'ASPREMONT Claude (Game theory, social welfare theory, public economics)
  • DE VILLE Philippe (Macroeconomics)
  • DE VROEY Michel (History of economic analysis)
  • DRÈZE Jacques (Economic theory, econometrics)
  • EECKHOUDT Louis (Decisions under risk, health economics)
  • GABSZEWICZ Jean (Economic theory, industrial organization)
  • GINSBURGH Victor (Economic theory, cultural economics)
  • LOUTE Etienne (Operations research)
  • MOUCHART Michel (Statistics, econometrics)
  • PESTIEAU Pierre (Public economics, social insurance, population economics)
  • SIMAR Léopold (Statistics, production frontier)
  • SPINNEWYN Frans (Microeconomic theory)
  • THISSE Jacques (Imperfect competition, spatial and regional economics)
  • TULKENS Henry (Environmental economics, public economics)
  • WEISERBS Daniel (Macroeconomics)