Placements & Alumni

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The strength of our program and caliber of our students is evidenced in our student placements in top institutions both in terms of post-doctoral and professorial appointments. 

Examples of top institutions: ESSEC Paris, University of London, University of Vienna, Bocconi University, University of Zurich, Apexmachina - Sherbrooke - Canada, Lund University, World Bank - Washington DC, University of Glasgow, Australia and many more.

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Annette Cerulli-Harms, Senior Economic Consultant, London Economics, United Kingdom.


“The doctoral program in Economics at HEC Lausanne has taught me all the tools I needed to start a successful career as a behavioural economist in a leading economics consultancy firm. In my job I conduct rigorous research for policy makers in international institutions, government and for regulators, as well as for private sector firms across Europe. I also support organizations in developing and implementing behaviour change interventions and in measuring their effectiveness using behavioural experiments, or randomised controlled trials. All the necessary expertise I acquired during my doctorate at HEC.”




Simon Hänni, Postdoc, Center for Child Well-being and Development, Department of Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland.


“The PhD in Economics at the University of Lausanne was a great preparation for starting a career in economic research. Apart from providing the basic economic toolkit, what characterizes the University of Lausanne is the close collaboration between established faculty and PhD students while at the same time granting necessary individual freedom. This allows for an optimal mix between learning from established professors and becoming an independent researcher with an own research agenda.”




Lingqing Jiang, Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Essex, United Kingdom.


“The PhD program in Economics at UNIL opens the door to an academic career at leading universities worldwide. During the program, I had the opportunity to join frontier research projects, and at the same time, the freedom to explore own research ideas, which is extremely helpful to become a good co-author as well as an independent researcher later on. The Department of Economics also provides very pleasant atmosphere to work and interact with diverse people.”




Stephanos Vlachos, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria.


“During my thesis at the University of Lausanne, I had the opportunity to work in the stimulating and demanding environment of a research-oriented economics department.

The frequent interaction with the professors of the department was beneficial both for my research and for my understanding of the excellence expected from researchers that intend to become part of the academic society.”



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