Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2017
My name is Veronica Grassi, I am currently a PhD Student at St. Gallen University, and a former student of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP).
I have been a student of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP) between 2015 and 2017, and this has been an extremely fulfilling experience. As a former Bachelor’s student from USI, I was already aware of the excellent professors that teach in the MEP, but my expectations were exceeded. The MEP is a challenging and demanding master programme, but the small class size and intense interactions with the professors helped me to complete the master programme successfully.
The MEP teaches a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, with an emphasis on empirical research. During my second year, I took the opportunity to participate in research projects, under the supervision of two MEP’s professors. Actively working on research projects has substantially enhanced my skills, and been extremely valuable for my career.
During the master, I have always received strong support from MEP’s professors. I have acquired quantitative and analytical skills, as well as research experience. Those factors encouraged me to pursue a PhD. Thanks to the high level of education of the MEP, I got a PhD position in economics at the University of St.Gallen.
Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2019
My name is Pietro Cesaro, a current Policy Assistant at the European Commission and a former student of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP).
To start attending the Master of Science in Economic Policy (MEP) was one of the best choices of my life. I entered it as an economics student with general skills, and very soon, I developed strong analytical ones, thanks to all the courses that it offers in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and so on. I have been able to improve my human capital thanks to the help of the top-level professors of the Master, keen on offering their direct help in case you are not understanding some concepts related to the courses. I found the structure of the Master inspiring, flexible and international. Indeed, I had the possibility to spend one semester in one of the most important Economic department in Europe, at the KU Leuven University in Belgium, thanks to the several international agreements of the MEP.
I have always appreciated that professors at the MEP do not let you alone in the difficult search for job opportunities, and directly help you in finding your way forward to have a successful career, both in the private and in the academic sector. For example, I completed an internship of four months at the United Nation Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn and I am improving my international experience at the Commission in Brussels: without the preparation I received during this Master, I would have never been able to reach this point. In Bonn, I could put into practice my research skills on the development of Carbon Pricing approaches around the World and now I am working on Sustainable Finance issues.
During my academic path, I have been studying at different universities: apart from Lugano I was in Madrid (UC3M), Leuven (KUL), and in London (LSE), but I have never found an environment such as I experienced during the MEP. The MEP pragmatically helps you to succeed in your life goals, and I strongly recommend this Master to all the people that feel ready to challenge themselves and reach their full potential.
Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2019
My name is Ludovica Marcotti and I am a former student of the Master in Economic Policy (Università della Svizzera italiana). After concluding my Bachelor Degree in Economics - Minor in Quantitative Methods I decided to continue my studies in a Master programme which could equip me with strong quantitative skills and data analysis competences. MEP programme offered me exactly what I was looking for.
MEP courses cover the whole economics fields (macro-economics, micro-economics, political economy, but also more specialized topics as pension finance and development economics), following a rigorous and academic methodological approach. Specifically, the Master allowed me to learn how to work with data and how to analyze them by the means of specific courses (e.g. econometrics) and by the means of my internship as research student-assistant.
This internship experience has been extremely positive: I have been involved in an empirical research project, therefore I had the chance to concretely apply the theoretical tools I had learned during the lessons. Moreover, this research internship helped me to enrich my CV with an excellent working experience: data analysis skills and quantitative competencies are appreciated in almost every sector today, especially in the economic and financial ones.
To conclude, the intense semesters at MEP have been challenging (because of the high level and demanding lessons), but fully rewarding: the strong analytical background and the high-quality internship experience have been extremely useful when I decided to enter the job market (I successfully applied for a graduate programme internship in the bank sector, which I started in January 2019) and I will be always thankful to all the MEP Professors for what they taught me for their great support.
Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2020
My name is Lorenzo Barisone and I am a former student of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP).
At the moment, I am a PhD Student at the Faculty of Economics of USI and I am also working as an advisor for the Office of Statistics of the City of Lugano.
After the conclusion of my Bachelor in Economics at USI, I was looking for a Master, which could improve my analytical skills and advance my research competence. The Master in Economic Policy has been the key for the realization of such important goals.
The MEP core courses in Econometrics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics in combination with more specializing ones in Data Science, Development Economics and Quantitative Methods are the perfect recipe to train young economists, facing the new challenges of the job market in the era of the digitalization.
Moreover, the MEP is not only a master program where students can learn concepts, but it is also a context in which you can understand how to apply them, thanks to the research projects realized throughout the courses and especially during the internship. In fact, my internship experience as Research Economist at the Office of Statistics of the City of Lugano has been an important chance to demonstrate my knowledge, acquired during the courses.
In conclusion, the small class size, the excellent professors involved in the program and the interaction with them are certainly the main advantages of this experience, which has substantially changed my professional life, giving me all the instruments to become an ambitious economist.
I am Mattia Albertini, PhD student in Economics at USI and former student of the Master in Economics. Being part of the M.Sc. in Economics at USI (former Economic Policy) has involved much more than simply being a student.
Behind those 120 ECTS, there was first a lot of studying, but also many opportunities, career days, associations’ activities, projects, friendships, and much more! I believe that with this master USI has achieved a unique quality in Switzerland, and perhaps in the EU.
The classes are very engaging in terms of topics and student-professor interactions. Moreover, there is plenty of opportunities for those willing to take them: in the first year, I was already a research assistant, in the second year I specialized in finance at HSG.
Today I am a PhD student at USI, and if I arrived until this point, it was thanks to what I learned in those two years of Master
* Offered until the A.Y. 18/19. The Master in Economic Policy will be offered as Minor in Public Policy within the new Master in Economics from the A.Y. 2019/20.