PhD Program @ GSU – Overview

>PhD Program @ GSU

Georgia State University’s Department of Risk Management and Insurance produces exceptionally qualified researchers in the broad area of the economics and mathematics of risk and insurance and places them at peer universities or better. The program also attracts students who desire to work in industry positions where a research Ph.D. is a requirement for employment.

The academic discipline of risk management encompasses the study of the sources of risk, the effects of risk on the decisions of individuals and firms, the impact of these decisions on society, and the management of risk through financial institutions. Scholarly research at the frontier of risk management requires in-depth study of economics, finance, applied mathematics and statistics.

Georgia State University’s Ph.D. program in risk management is designed to educate students in the concepts and analytical techniques required for basic and applied research in these and related areas. This training typically leads to academic careers at major business schools and economics departments around the world, research positions in banks and insurance firms, and positions with policy-oriented organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

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Stephen Shore
Doctoral Program Coordinator


S.S. Huebner Foundation Doctoral Colloquium

To support the next generation of researchers focused on topics related to the economics of risk and uncertainty, the S.S. Huebner Foundation invites Ph.D. students to apply to participate in the S. S. Huebner Foundation Doctoral Colloquium.

When: August 6, 2017

Where: Toronto, Canada in conjunction with the American Risk and Insurance Association Annual Meeting.

FORMAT: The Colloquium will consist of Ph.D. candidates presenting their research in a small group setting. The participating academics include editors of leading journals, prominent researchers, and former Huebner Fellows. Martin Grace (Georgia State University), Mike Hoy (Guelph), Lisa Posey (Pennsylvania State University) and Casey Rothschild (Wellesley) are the confirmed academic participants for 2017. Stephen Shore (Georgia State University), Executive Director of the Huebner Foundation, will moderate. Doctoral candidates who have not defended their final thesis before the Colloquium are eligible to apply. All topics within the broad field of the economics of risk will be considered including insurance markets, risk perception, decision-making under uncertainty, risk and public policy, corporate risk management, health insurance, the economics of contracting under uncertainty, etc. The Huebner Foundation is pleased to offer each doctoral participant up to $2000 for related travel and expenses. Participants will also receive a certificate recognizing them as Huebner Doctoral Colloquium Fellows.


IMPORTANT DATES: Application Submissions due: March 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be by April 15, 2017. The Colloquium will take place on Sunday August 6, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants to the Huebner Doctoral Colloquium should submit:

  1. A completed paper that forms part of their dissertation scholarship. Please submit work that is a complete draft that has not been accepted for publication.
  2. A short note in your submission email stating your preferred career path following graduation and how you expect to benefit from attending the Huebner Doctoral Colloquium.
  3. An email from the student’s advisor supporting the student’s attendance at the Colloquium and confirming that the student is in a good position to benefit from participating. Note that this should NOT be a letter of recommendation; a brief statement of support is sufficient.

Student submissions and advisor support should be sent via email to: Professor Stephen Shore, Executive Director S.S. Huebner Foundation,

Student submissions will be reviewed and selections will be made on the basis of their contribution to the Colloquium’s goals, strength of research direction, and the advisor’s assessment. All accepted students will be required to participate in the entire Colloquium.