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Doctoral studies in Economics

Research education subject information


Faculty Board of Business, Science and Engineering


Örebro University School of Business

Study plan

Subject representative

In economics, social phenomena are studied from the perspective of decisions made in situations of choice that are characterised by scarce resources and/or information. The theoretical foundation can be found in axiomatic and/or empirically based microeconomic theory, game theory, and evolution theory. Economics accommodates a variety of specialisations, a number of which are tied in with other social sciences.

In focus for the economics research at Örebro University are empirical studies of policy-related issues and there is a close collaboration with the university’s research team in statistics, as well as with researchers with a quantitative-oriented focus in various social sciences disciplines. To a great extent, the empirical analysis uses microdata, i.e. data on an individual and/or company level, often in the form of register-based panel data and/or survey data. The research is based on both observational and experimental data. In addition to econometric models, specific computable general equilibrium models are used.

The doctoral programme in Economics is part of the research environment in Economics and Statistics that combines applied empirical research in economics with research in the development of statistical methods within survey methodology and econometrics.

The major themes of research and research groups are

  1. Wellbeing, Health & Welfare Economics (WHAWE),
  2. Economics of Entrepreneurship, Family business, Globalization and Institutions (EFGI),
  3. Macroeconomics and financial econometrics (MAFE),
  4. Statistics (Stat@oru).

A fifth theme/group in Transportation Economics will start in 2018.

For more information about these research groups see their respective web sites.