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Ph.D. Program in Economics

The Ph.D. program includes required preparation in economic theory and quantitative methods of analysis, and the choice of two elective fields from:

Advanced Economic Theory, Economic Development, Econometrics, Economic History, Health Economics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor Economics, Money and Financial Institutions, and Public Economics. Persons contemplating the Ph.D. should prepare themselves by taking rigorous courses in economics, mathematics, and mathematical statistics. Each year about eight to twelve students start the Ph.D. program. Some of these students subsequently elect to complete the M.A. rather than to continue in the Ph.D. program. Typically five to seven Ph.D.s are awarded annually.

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Graduate News


  • bill The Economic History Association has appointed Bill Collins as the next editor of the Journal of Economic History.  His term begins in 2016.
  • announcementEugene Vorobeychik (Engineering) and Myrna Wooders (Economics) have been awarded a grant for $442,051 for the next three years in support their research project, "Theory and Application of Mechanism Design for Team Formation." This project addresses questions of design of mechanisms for efficient team formation from the perspectives of computer science, microeconomics, experimental economics, and game theory. The grant is sponsored by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the NSF
  • Savelyev Peter Savelyev has been awarded a solo-PI $260,464 NSF grant for the next three years of his research on the economic and psychological origins of health capital accumulation.

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