IDEA is a joint project between the Department of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica. The IDEA graduate program includes a Master's degree in Economics as well as a PhD. The degrees are awarded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The language of instruction is English.  


The Master's Program has a two-year structure (120 ECTS), conforming to the Bologna Declaration directives. The program provides students with a solid grounding in Economics that emphasizes rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative and computational methods. Our Master’s students acquire tools that make them competitive in the job market and typically take on careers in the private sector and governmental and non-governmental institutions. Our Master’s Program also provides students with the tools necessary to successfully earn a doctoral degree. Some of our graduates continue their studies, pursuing a PhD either with us or abroad. 


The PhD program is jointly organized with the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.After the completion of the Master's Program, students can request admission to the PhD Program to pursue research in their field of study. Our PhD students enjoy a high level of student-faculty interaction and a stimulating research environment with regular seminars and internal workshops. The PhD Program is part of the ENTER network of European universities. Our PhD graduates successfully take on careers in academia, the private sector and governmental and non-governmental institutions.


The Universitat Autònomad de Barcelona and the Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica are both members of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Membership in the Barcelona GSE brings many advantages: it hosts regular joint events where leading research events where researchers both from Barcelona and around the world present their work, and it facilitates research collaboration among its members. The Barcelona GSE is also the only economics institution in Spain to have been recognized by the Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Program.  

If you are interested in applying to the graduate program, please click here. You can also download our brochure and poster from here and here 

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