Research - PhD Economics Programme

The Department has a vibrant doctoral programme with around 100 students from several countries and backgrounds, pursuing research in all fields of economics, either closely supervised or in collaboration with faculty. 

The Department offers excellent research infrastructure, a comprehensive range of advanced field seminars, and ample opportunities for informal interaction and feedback. PhD students are fully integrated in the research community of the department and a dedicated team of faculty and staff makes sure all students achieve their potential on the market every year. Recent placements include: MIT, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern and many more.

The LSE Economics PhD Programme is grounded in two years of rigorous coursework through the MRes component and by a strong research element. 

The LSE Economics PhD Programme is affiliated with the European Doctoral Programme (EDP).

You can also find further information about the individual research courses offered through our programmes. 

Programme Requirements

Follow the links below to access information about the PhD routes and coursework.


Further information

How to apply

PhD Economics - Admissions FAQs

How to Apply

General Information about prospective research students

Programme and School Regulations for research students 

Guidelines for submitting Research Statement

An application for 2019 entry to the PhD Economics should include a Research Statement, along with other required information  (Note: A separate sample of Written Work is not required as part of the PhD Economics application).

Your Research Statement should be submitted in place of the Outline Research Proposal, along with your application form and other required supporting documents, via the LSE online application system (see the PhD Economics Admissions FAQs).

What should my Research Statement contain?

Please answer the following questions clearly and concisely. Max 200 words per question.

  1. Why do you want to do research in economics?
  2. Can you explain how your studies and experience make you suitable to do research in economics?
  3. Which aspect of the PhD do you think you will like the most? Which will you dislike the most? Why?
  4. Tell us about your favourite paper in economics. What do you like about it? How would you improve it?
  5. Write a comment for a general audience on ONE of the following topics
    (i) Is inequality good for growth? 
    (ii) Do immigrants take the jobs of native workers? 
    (iii) Is CEO compensation excessive?
    (iv) Is universal minimum income a good idea?
    (v) Overall, has central banks' move to inflation targeting has been a success?
    (vi) Is culture an important determinant of differences in income per capita across countries?
    (vii) Markets function well as information is aggregated efficiently through prices.
    (viii) Elections are effective at disciplining politicians who do not have the public interest as their main goal.

How can I demonstrate research potential?

If you have served as research assistant for an economist please ask that person to write a letter focussing on your research skills and describe your experience – reference point 2 (above) of the research statement.

If not, please list any evidence you think would be valuable. Examples include but are not restricted to: experience working autonomously under stress without any guidance, demonstration of creativity in any form, experience of writing original research.

Financial information

Job opportunities

Class Teaching Opportunities

Class teaching opportunities are available during the course of research degrees. They represent useful professional training and can be a valuable and important experience. For more information, click here.  

PhD Job Market

Towards the completion of a research degree the Department organises an orientation meeting for prospective job market candidates and offers advice as well as a platform for candidates to present their experience and research. Have a look at the page with our current job market candidates.

Current students


You can find more information about the profiles of Faculty and Teaching Fellows or Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the People section.

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