Fabienne Servalli

Master of Science in Economics, 2021

My name is Fabienne Servalli, I recently graduated in economics and defended my thesis on individuals' decision over Swiss Pension Funds.
Now, I work as a financial consultant at Swiss Life.

After the conclusion of my bachelor, I have worked for 7 years before deciding, after this long pause from university life, to pursue the Master in Economics at USI, which could allow me to reach my professional goals as a financial consultant and teacher. 

The Master in Economics was motivating and challenging at the same time, I believe that it provides the right balance to acquire knowledge and enjoy the study. It offers varied subjects to choose from, and some of which allow going in-depth based on the field of interest that the student has; moreover, before the starting of the first semester I really appreciated the introductory math course that USI offered that enabled me to warm up and review important aspects which were needed to follow the classes. The small classes allowed me to build a good relationship with all my mates and the professors, which was a really important aspect for the success and the efficiency of my study process. In addition, thanks to the fact that the courses are taught in English, incentivised by thinking about the different job opportunities that students can have worldwide.

Because of all the aspects mentioned above, I highly recommend undertaking the Master in Economics for both academic and professional reasons.

Mattia Albertini

Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2020

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

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. 

Lorenzo Barisone

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.

Ludovica Marcotti

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.

Pietro Cesaro

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.

Anna Sturaro

Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2020

My name is Anna Sturaro, I recently graduated in economics at USI after having defended my master thesis on the efficiency of financial markets.

Today I am a business consultant in KPMG Advisory S.p.A., line of business Financial Services.

There I am mainly involved in operational and organizational projects and project management activities on insurance and banking companies.

Studying Economics at USI Università della Svizzera italiana played a great role in my personal and professional growth. I developed a strong economic background, and a mindset oriented to critical analysis and problem-solving. I also gained the ability to solve complex issues, and learnt how to deal with multiple tasks simultaneously, which are all essential features for my actual job.

Thus I can certainly say that the master enriched me a lot and prepared me for the job market.

Emmanuel Ureña Ruiz

Master of Science in Economics, Major in Economic Policy*, 2019

My name is Emmanuel Ureña Ruiz, and I am a former master student of the MEP program (Master in Economic Policy). I have recently joined a team of multi-disciplinary professionals at the Gorgas Institute (the leading institution in health research and disease prevention in Panama, my home country).

I started my master program at USI in the fall of 2017 with the hope of expanding my knowledge and being in a multi-cultural environment. Once there I realized that motivation and discipline were two key ingredients to secure success. On one hand, my motivation was fueled by a desire to learn how to correctly approach economic problems, identify the best tools to study potential research questions and discuss feasible interventions from the public sector. I had the opportunity to better understand these elements in a wide range of areas such as political economy, health economics and public policy among several others. On the other hand, thanks to the master and university´s resources, I was able to strengthen my learning methods and better organize my study and social time.

Besides the academic environment, being a MEP student gave me the access to participate as a volunteer for the Middle East and Mediterranean Summer Summit in 2018 and 2019, where I met great people and learned about the issues in the MENA region. In 2018, I did an internship for the economics department where I supported research activities related to data preparation. In early 2019 and thanks to the support of the MEP staff, I started a 3-month paid internship at LFA (Lugano Financial Advisors), where I shared my expertise in economics and econometrics specifically with the investment team. I defended my master thesis in September 2019 and received my diploma in the graduation ceremony in November of the same year.

I have only great memories from my time in the master and in Lugano, where I met top academic professionals and colleagues and made life-long friends. Thanks to the MEP master, I feel prepared to face the upcoming challenges in my new role as a health researcher in my home country.

* 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.