PhD Seminar of the Department of Economics

Aims of the Course

Students will learn about how to present and discuss papers in a conference-style environment. They will receive constructive feedback on the content and style of their work and presentation from a discussant, the audience and senior researchers. Moreover, they will learn how to discuss a paper and chair a session. These meeting will also present an opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas.


Seminars usually start at 4:15 p.m. PER 21, room F205. A detailed schedule will be published before the next seminar takes place.
Presentation slots can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Please send your inquiry to Jana Freundt.


PhD Seminars 2023

  • November

    November 30,
    Presenter: Christian Zihlmann
    Title: "Partition dependence"

  • December

    December 14,
    Presenter: Yves KIäy, UNIFR
    Title: "Substantive Representation of Female Preferences in the Electorate by Female and Male Legislators."


In general, doctoral students are offered a presentation slot of about 50 minutes (20-30 min presentation, and general discussion) or a shorter slot, e.g. for presenting a research idea, of about 25 minutes (short presentation and discussion). However, doctoral students may suggest an alternative format that better fits their needs. The seminar is particularly designed for doctoral students and researchers in economics and social sciences of the University of Fribourg. PhD students and researchers from other Swiss and international universities are also welcome to present their work. Participants can present their dissertation project or a paper (at any stage of work). Presentations can be held in English, French or German. Presentation slides should always be in English.