The doctoral programme in Economics was one of the first doctoral programmes to start at JIBS in 1995. It is the second largest programme at JIBS after the business programme.

Postgraduate studies in Economics comprise a total of 240 Swedish credits [120 Swedish credits for the licentiate exam, respectively], 120 [60] Swedish credits of coursework and 120 [60] Swedish credits for the doctoral thesis [licentiate thesis], which normally requires four [two] years of full-time study.

The course work for postgraduate studies in Economics includes compulsory courses comprising a total of 60 [22] Swedish credits and elective courses providing broad and in-depth knowledge.  

The compulsory courses for doctoral studies are Micro Economic Theory [15 credits], Econometrics [15 credits], Macro Economic Theory [12 credits], Mathematic Economics [12 credits] and 6  credits in either Classics in Economic Science, Scientific Theory or History of Doctrine.  Micro Economic Theory [15 credits] and Macro Economic Theory [12 credits] are required for the licentiate degree.  

The elective courses, which aim at broad and in-depth knowledge, comprise a maximum of 60 [22] Swedish credits.  The elective courses offered reflect the growing areas of research at JIBS.

Doctoral candidates in Economics have the possibility of taking courses within the Network Research School. The network is a cooperation between the departments of Economics at Göteborg, Karlstad, Linköping, Växjö and Örebro Universities as well as Skövde University College and JIBS.

Doctoral theses in Economics are always written as compilations of articles.