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Core Courses and the First Two Years

The core courses emphasize thinking about and analyzing economic problems. We have modified the traditional approach used by many programs by increasing the number of microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory courses to three of each (the third courses are normally taken in the second year of study, along with field courses). This allows more in-class examples and discussion of the topics in each of the two theory sequences.

For a list of Graduate Economic Courses, click here. For course syllabi, click here. For prelims (VU affiliated only), click here.

A typical program for the first two years (most students are teaching or research assistants after their first year) would appear as follows:

Graduate Program


  • 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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