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World Economics Doctoral Program

The World Economics Doctoral Program was launched more than 25 years ago, by internationally renowned and acknowledged professors of world economics and development studies. During the past decades several outstanding researchers and lecturers contributed to the program’s success. Among the current and former lecturers of the Doctoral Program we can highlight four distinguished professors, who are members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Tamás Szentes, Tibor Palánkai, Mihály Simai (Department of World Economy) and László Csaba (Department of Comparative and Institutional Economics). The main profile of the World Economics Doctoral Program is world and development economics, but its research portfolio includes integration theory, economic governance and technology, globalization, regional studies, comparative and institutional economics. The Program is taught by professionals who are well-known and successful in their fields.  

Topics & Supervisors


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Gergely BudaBalázs Szent-IványiThe Challenges of Circular Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Magdolna Judit Hadházyné Dr. Burucs István MagasThe Impact of Vienna Initiative on economic growth in CESEE region
Kychak AnastasiiaIstván BenczesRising Euroscepticism in France and Germany: the effect of the Eurozone and migration crises
Balázs MajorAndrás TétényiDemográfiai folyamatok gazdasági hatásainak vizsgálata az Európai Unió államaiban
Song WenxuanÁgnes SzunomárResearch on the impact of “Belt and Road Initiative” two-way direct investment on industrial upgrading in Central European Countries


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Carlos Raul Lima da Frota AraujoÁgnes SzunomárImpacts of One Belt One Road- Chinese New Silkroad Initiative for the World
Roland GurályIstván MagasAnalysing the regional impact of robotization – changes in the foreign direct investment flows into Central Europe
Huijun HuÁgnes SzunomárSino-Hungarian Relations under the Context of “16+1” (CooperationBetween China and Central and Eastern Europe) Mechanizm
Zalán KlaudaAndrás DeákOutward FDI from Central and Eastern Europe to the post-Sovite region – trends and motives
Misheelt DelgertsogtIstván BenczesComparative Analysis of Economic Development models of post-socialist EU Countries and Mongolia
Zoltán NadobánÁkos Bod PéterAz Európai Unió félperiférikus tagállamainak integrációérettsége


PhD studentSupervisor(s)Topic
Cossu ElenaIstván Benczes, Péter GedeonThe Effect of Populism on Growth: the Case of Hungary
Giovanna Maria Borges AguiarAttila JámborCompetitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from the agri-food sector
Ivanov DenisIstván Benczes, Péter GedeonSocio-economic Inequality and the Rise of Populism in Europe
Máté Mátyás István Kollai, András TétényiPopulist Mediatisation of a Social Movement: The National Conservative Movement and Competitive Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Hungary
Balázs NemesÁkos Bod PéterThe past, present and future of ordoliberalism in the European Union
Eszter SzabóGábor KutasiThe effects of negative interest rates on the real economy
Tankovszki OlegViktória Endrődi-KovácsThe economic opportunities of Ukraine in the framework of Eastern Partnership
Wei ZhaoGábor VigváriAn Empirical Analysis On China – CEE Trade Potential: The Role Of Economic Scale, Cultural and Institutional Distance — Based On Gravity Model


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Bulgamaa UrangooGábor KutasiWater governance
Eszter KovácsGábor KutasiDilemmas on Trade Options
Bouras IlhamIstván MagasCommerce, neighbourhood to integration: The evolution of the EU-Morocco partnership
Gábor SztanóIstván MagasInternational transmission of monetary policies: interaction of advanced and emerging economies
Ágnes DeákSándor Gyula Nagy, Judit RiczSocial entrepreneurship in Latin America: social inclusion, capabilities and development
Linan Segura Karen GabrielaTibor Palánkai, Balázs Szent-IványiThe Political Economy of Low Carbon Energy Transitions in Mexico
Ma ZiboAndrás Székely-DobiExamine the effect of FDI on local economy of Chengdu
Xu XinxinAndrás Székely-DobiChina-V4 Strategic Cooperation Relations How changing foreign policy of V4 countries shape the bilateral relations with China
Zhang FumeiÁgnes SzunomárComparative Analysis of Motives and Determinants of FDI from Germany, Japan and China in Hungary: Case Studies of the Automotive Sector


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Muja ArmendIstván KollaiDoes governance matter for economic performance: evidence from Central Eastern Europe?
Krisztina Anna Fekete András Tétényi, Ágnes ZsókaExamination of smart solution methodology to a sustainable and liveable environment, the importance of smart social innovations in combating Climate Change in a sustainable way.
Klaudia Szemereyné PatakiMiklós Rosta
Ferenc KollárikIstván Benczes


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Krisztina SzabóBalázs Szent-Iványi, István Benczes
Tamás BarczikayIstván MagasHolland kór azonosítása aszimmetrikus kointegráció segítségével Dél – afrikai és Dél – amerikai országok esetén
Gyula KrajczárMihály Simai
Joan Miguel Tejedor-Estupiñán Gábor KutasiEconomic Impacts of the Free Trade Agreement Between
the European Union and Colombia


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Norbert FejesSándor Gyula NagyA magyarországi és az EU-s fejlesztési források szerepe Kárpátalja gazdasági felzárkózásában
Anett BőszLászló TrautmannA liberális eszmerendszer gazdaságpolitikai implikációi a XXI. században


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Anna IvánÁkos KengyelA tagállamok és az Európai Unió költségvetése
György BarczaIstván Magas
Anita NémethIstván BenczesAz európai Gazdasági és Monetáris Unió kiskális pillérének jövője
Ágnes SoltiBernadett LehoczkiA latin-amerikai gazdaságpolitikák alakulása az egyes válságok tükrében


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Tamás StukovszkySándor Gyula Nagy
Gábor Ferenc KissSándor Gyula Nagy


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Ádám VerteticsLászló Trautmann
Gergely RezessyIstván Benczes, István Magas
Márton BaranyiSándor Gyula NagyA német hegemónia néhány gyakorlati megnyilvánulása az Európai Unióban


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Gábor MiklósSándor Gyula Nagy

Research Areas

The research topics are closely connected to the Program’s profile and they are meant to further deepen the focus on the respective areas. 

Topics include: 

  • International Economics 
  • International Finances 
  • World Economics 
  • International Political Economy 
  • Regional Studies and Economy 
  • Development Economics and Studies 
  • European Economic Integration and Governance 
  • Institutions of the European Union 
  • Globalization and Technology
  • Institutional Economics 
  • Comparative Economics   



International Relations 

The World Economics Doctoral Program aims to guarantee that students gain international experience, get to know international standards and become able to comply with these standards throughout their time spent in the School. PhD students participating in the Doctoral Program’s international research have the opportunity to present their findings internationally. The Program’s leaders and tutors have an extensive network of international partners; therefore, motivated students are able to actively participate in research even in the international arena. The quality of joint research is often proved by the numerous publications – often in collaboration with the respective supervisors, or with their guidance. 

The World Economics Doctoral Program supports PhD candidates who are motivated and willing to join international projects. Examples for such projects include Fatigue and Poprebel which both have provided opportunities for students to participate in international conferences and workshops. 

The World Economics Doctoral Program is a member in several international organizations, such as: 

In the Fall of 2020, the Department of World Economics at our University and the Institute of World Economics at the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies began formally working together, after years of informal collaboration. As a result of this, students in the World Economics Doctoral Program can join research currently ongoing the Centre’s Institute of World Economics. This allows them to gain experience in fields that are closely related to their dissertations. Furthermore, they can also take part in the conferences, workshops and other events that are organized in the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies. These experiences can contribute to the successfully prepare and defend the doctoral dissertations.    

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