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:

Giovanni Pica

Dean of the Faculty of Economics

Giovanni Pica is Professor of economics at the Faculty of Economics, Institute of Economics (IdEP). After completing his PhD at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, he held positions at the University of Southampton, the University of Salerno and the University of Milan. He is also affiliated with Centro Studi Luca D'AglianoCSEF, and fRDB. His research concentrates on the labour market effects of financial market imperfections, globalisation and labour market institutions. He is currently working on the role of internal capital and labour markets within organisations, on the effects of non-tariff measures on the behaviour of firms, and on occupational licensing. His work has been published, among other journals, in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of European Economic Association, the Journal of International Economics. He is Dean of the Faculty of Economics from 1 September 2023.

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Massimo Filippini

Vice Decano della Facoltà di scienze economiche

Dr oec. publ. (Zurigo), è professore ordinario di economia politica presso l’Università della Svizzera italiana e presso il Politecnico federale di Zurigo (titolare di una cattedra comune USI-ETHZ). È pure professore titolare di economia politica presso la Facoltà di scienze economiche dell’Università di Zurigo. Si è specializzato nel campo dell'economia e politica dell'energia presso l’Università di Harvard. È stato visiting scholar in varie università (fra cui Harvard, MIT e Britsh Columbia). È direttore del Centre for energy policy and economics (ETH Zurich), membro del the Center for Economic Research (ETH Zurich), "research affiliate" al Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT), membro del consiglio dei "Country Representatives of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)" e coordinatore del network “Empirical Methods in Energy Economics” (EMEE). Ha al suo attivo più di novanta pubblicazioni in riviste scientifiche internazionali nel campo dell’economia e politica dell’ambiente e dell’energia, dell’economia pubblica, dell’economia sanitaria e dell’economia dello sviuluppo.


Laurent Frésard

Vice Decano della Facoltà di scienze economiche

Prof. Fresard earned a PhD in Finance from the University of Neuchatel in 2009. He was an assistant professor of finance at HEC Paris between 2008 and 2011, and an assistant and then a tenured associate professor of finance at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland between 2011 and 2017. He is a professor of finance at USI, where he holds a senior Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) chair. His research focuses on corporate finance, and specifically on the interactions between firms, financial markets, and the real economy. His latest research investigates the effect of stock prices on firms’ actions, and the role of the financial sector in the allocation of talents in the economy. His research has been published in the leading finance journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, or the Review of Financial Studies. He teaches introductory and advanced corporate finance at the master level, as well as empirical corporate finance at the PhD level.


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 Prof. 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: