Veronica Grassi

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. 

Pietro Cesaro

Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2018 (expected)

My name is Pietro Cesaro, and I am soon to graduate from 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. As a matter of fact, 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 have just completed my internship of four months at the United Nation Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, and 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.

During my academic path, I have been studying at different universities: apart from Lugano I was in Madrid, Leuven, 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.

* 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.