The Danish Graduate Programme in Economics (DGPE) - a research network for graduate students in economics - was founded in 2003 by the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, and sponsored by FUR (from 2003 to 2006) and FIST (from 2007-2011). In 2012 a new DGPE was created based on funding from the participating institutions.

The new DGPE

From 2017-2021, the founders of the new DGPE are still participating:

PhD courses

The focus area of DGPE is to offer specialized PhD courses within microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics to provide access for graduate students to the international research frontier. Courses will typically last between 2 and 5 full days and it is the intention that courses should regularly be available on all four campuses. The lecturers will be international experts within the respective course topics.

Annual workshop

An annual two day workshop is arranged in November and all graduate students in economics are expected to participate together with supervisors and other faculty members from the participating university departments. At this workshop PhD students get an opportunity to present their work and get feedback from fellow PhD students and faculty. PhD students who have just begun their graduate studies are not expected to present a paper but will act as discussants. This workshop also provides an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow PhD students and faculty from other institutions.


DGPE will support graduate courses by paying for remuneration, travel and accommodation expenses for the course presenter, for lunch, tea and coffee throughout the course for all course participants and one dinner for all participants. Travel and accommodation expenses for participants are expected to be covered by their own departments. For the annual workshop accommodation and meals are covered for all participants. For participants from other institutions there will be a fee for attending the specialized courses. The standard fee is set to 100 € per day.


DGPE is managed by a committee consisting of one person from each of the four participating programmes (typically the PhD programme director).

Currently the DGPE committee consists of:

The committee selects a Head of the programme, and the administration of the programme is placed at this department. Currently, Professor Bo Sandemann Rasmussen, Aarhus University is Head of the programme.

The course programme is decided by the committee. Suggestions to new courses should be made to the Head of the programme who consults the committee for deciding the plan for each semester. Course suggestions should be accompanied by a budget which must be accepted by the Head of the programme before the course can be scheduled.


Currently, the administrative support is undertaken by: