Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance


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Graduate Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF)

The Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF) trains students to achieve academic excellence in the areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance with a particular focus on policy relevant theoretical and empirical research.


Admission & Vacancies

Applications for Fall 2022
We are currently accepting applications for our Ph.D. programme(s). For more information, please click here

Research Assistant & Ph.D. Positions in Finance

Research Assistant & Ph.D. Positions in Economics and Econometrics

Research Assistant (PhD position) in Economics (m/w/d)
an SIAW-HSG, Prof. Reto Föllmi


GPEF Public Defenses

"Essays in Predictive and Causal Machine Learning"
Gabriel Okasa (PEF) on Monday, 18 October 2021 at 17:00 in room 01-111

"Essays in Labor Economics"
Mirjam Bächli (PEF) on Thursday, 4 November 2021 at 15:15 in room 01-112

"Essays in Health and Labor Economics"
Patrick Chuard (PEF) on Thursday 4 November 2021 at 17:00 in room 01-111

“Essays in Market Microstructure”
Patrick Schaffner (PiF) on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 at 10:00 in room 01-104


Recent Publications by GPEF Students

Adams, Z., S. Collot & M. Kartsakli (2020). Have commodities become a financial asset? Evidence from ten years of Financialization. Energy Economics, 89: 104769.

Audrino, F., F. Sigrist & D. Ballinari (2020). The impact of sentiment and attention measures on stock market volatility. International Journal of Forecasting, Volume 36, Issue 2, April-June 2020, 334-357.

Biener, C., M. Eling & M. Lehmann (forthcoming). Balancing the desire for privacy against the desire to hedge risk. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Bütler, M. & S. Stadelmann (2020). Building on a pension: Second pillar wealth as a way to finance real estate?. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, October, Volume 17.



GPEF Prize for the best thesis to be awarded starting autumn semester 2022.

Congratulations to @HSGStGallen job market candidate Fabricius Somogyi (PiF), who was just awarded the 8th Econ Job Market Best Paper Award by @UniCredit_PR Foundation (!

For more information, check out his website:



University of St.Gallen
Müller-Friedbergstrasse 6/8, Room 52-5066
CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 224 31 38