Organisation of the Faculty of Economics

Organisational chart of the Faculty of Economics
Organisational chart of the Faculty of Economics

Dean’s office

The Dean’s office is formed by the Dean and Vice Deans. The Dean, assisted by the Vice Deans, leads and manages the Faculty by implementing the decisions of the Faculty Council and the Board of Professors. The Dean represents the Faculty in the USI CouncilI. More information are available in the Faculty statute.


Current Dean's office members:

Patrick Gagliardini

Dean of the Faculty of Economics

Patrick Gagliardini (1974) is Full Professor of Econometrics at USI Faculty of Economics. He studied at the ETH Zurich where he graduated in Physics in 1998. In January 2003, he received a PhD from USI Faculty of Economics for a thesis in Econometrics. In 2003, he was visiting fellow at the Laboratoire de Finance-Assurance of CREST (Paris) with a SNSF research grant. Between 2004 and 2006, he held an assistant professor position at the Faculty of Economics of the University of St. Gallen. From 2008 to 2012, he was Junior Chair of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). He is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics.

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Mario Jametti

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics

Mario Jametti is Full Professor of economics at the Faculty of Economics and director of the Institute of Economics (IdEP). He obtained his PhD at the University of Lausanne, subsequent to which he spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University and as an assistant professor at York University, Canada. His main research interests are in public finance, applied microeconomics and applied econometrics, currently focusing on tax competition, natural disaster insurance and private pensions. Prof. Jametti’s work has been published, among others, in the Journal of Public Economics, Geneva Papers, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and Economic Journal.

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Paul Schneider

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics

Paul Schneider is Full Professor of quantitative methods at the Faculty of Economics. He graduated from the University of Vienna with a PhD in finance. Before joining USI, he holded a post-doctoral position in Vienna and worked at the University of Warwick as Assistant Professor. Prof. Schneider’s research interests include financial econometrics, statistical methods, and asset pricing. His work has been published in the Annals of Statistics and the Journal of Financial Economics, among other international journals. He has been teaching computational finance, term structure modeling, and financial risk management at the Bachelor to the PhD level.

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Faculty Council

The Faculty Council exercises its authority on all general matters related to the interests of the Faculty, especially those pertaining to teaching and research activities. More information are available in the Faculty statute.


Board of Professors

The Board of Professors identifies the Faculty members that are called upon to sit in a commission for the appointment of professors, assigns courses to lecturers, and proposes the awarding of Honoris Causa and Professor Emeritus. More information are available in the Faculty statute.


Graduate Studies Committee, Board of Studies, Director of Examinations, Bachelor Student Adviser 

The Graduate Studies Committee is in charge of managing the Faculty PhD programmes (admission, education …). 

The Board of Studies is a permanent working party that carries out a strategic analysis of the study curricula proposed by the Faculty, reporting periodically to the Faculty Council.

The Director of Examinations is responsible for the correct enforcement and application of the Study Regulations for all aspects related to preparing, organising and taking examinations. The current Director of Examinations is Dr. Edoardo Beretta.

The Bachelor Student Adviser is a member of the Faculty who acts as an advisor for Bachelor students. The current Bachelor Student Adviser is Prof. Gianluca Colombo.



According to the USI statute, Institutes are training and research units supported by one or more Faculties, subject to approval by the University Council.

The responsibilities, tasks, organisation and members of the Institutes are defined by specific agreements between the Faculties and the Rectorate. These agreements set the scope and limits within which an Institute can engage in its own right with third parties. The contract has limited duration and is renewable.
The Institutes do not have a distinct legal personality and are headed by a Director appointed among professors (Full or Associate) of the Institutes, according to the terms of agreement. Specialised sub-units (centres, observatories, laboratories, groups ...) can be created inside or in cooperation between the institutes, with the aim of carrying out specific research projects and/or handling specific aspect of the training.
The list of the Institutes supported by the Faculty of Economics is available at this page: