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Graduate Study in Public Policy

Students pursuing graduate training in public policy should take a variety of upper level courses (those numbered 3000 and above) that relate to policy areas of interest. Econ 3100 Wages, Employment, and Labor Markets, Econ 3200 Public Finance, Econ 3230 Urban Economics, and Econ 4210 Law and Economics are good examples. Participation in the Honors Program (see below) may also develop research skills that are useful in policy careers. Econ 3050 Econometrics may be especially valuable in exploring policy issues.

Students interested in careers in public policy may seek masters degrees in public policy or public administration. Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, Syracuse’s Maxwell School, and Georgia State’s Andrew Young School, offer such degree programs.

Students interested in international affairs may consider the following courses: Econ 3600 International Trade, Econ 3610 Open Economy Macroeconomics, Econ 3160 Economic History of Europe, and Econ 3650 Development Economics.

Tuft’s Fletcher School, Hopkins’ SAIS, Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Kentucky’s Patterson School offer master programs in international relations that may be relevant to careers in diplomacy or international business. Study of foreign languages is essential.




  • 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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