Master Meetings

Have you decided on which Master programme to study? Would you like more information on the contents and teaching methods at USI? Register at our Master Meetings to attend courses.
The various Master Meetings offer you the opportunity to follow lectures together with the current master students. Guided by a USI student, you can visit the campus and make up your mind as to whether the contents correspond to your study ambitions.

Registration is compulsory. Please register online.


MSc in Economics

A-21, Red Building

Industrial Organization II

Prof. Mario Jametti


The course presents an introduction to the modern theory of Industrial Organization. In most markets the assumptions of perfect competition are not met. We will work to understand the working of industries with limited competition and its implications both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. Aspects considered include basic monopoly and oligopoly theory; price competition; cartels; mergers and acquisitions. The final part of the course introduces the main concepts used in the analysis of regulation of network industries.

408, Main Building

Political Economy and Public Finance I

Prof. Patricia Funk

This course investigates the relationship between characteristics of the political system and the level and types of government spending. Understanding the effects of political institutions on economic policy has become a vibrant field of research, and the students get acquainted with recent research findings based on articles. For instance, it is explained how the electoral system or the degree of direct democracy affects whose interests get represented. The methodology of this course is to combine theory with empirical evidence from Switzerland and other mature democracies.

408, Main Building

Macroeconomics II

Prof. Giovanni Pica

The objective of the course is to develop the analytical tools to think about short-run macroeconomic policy issues. The course will first introduce the theory of intertemporal consumption choices that has a central role in many macro applications, highlighting the role of uncertainty and liquidity constraints in shaping the lifetime profile of consumption and savings. It will then discuss the stabilization role of fiscal and monetary policy along the business cycle. The course will cover both the basic real business cycle model and New-Keynesian models of asymmetric information and imperfect competition with small menu costs. The final part of the course will discuss the role of labour and financial markets frictions on business fluctuations.