Now is the time to study economics.

The rise of Freakonomics and economist bloggers are making economists seem pretty awesome. Maybe even cool.

You can analyze the impact of payday loans, overpopulation, and stock market ups and downs. But you also know the tie between daylight savings time and fatal vehicle crashes. Economics has gone mainstream.

If the Great Recession and crash of 2008 have taught us anything, it’s that we need people around who know and understand what’s happening in our economy.

Beyond job opportunities in academia, you’ll have the skills to pursue opportunities with governments, think tanks, and multinational businesses. A PhD in economics arms you with research, data modeling, and writing skills that make you competitive for academic opportunities...and beyond.

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Careers not limited to academia

Since 2009, our PhDs have joined universities, businesses, governmental orgs, and NGOs around the world:

  • University of Chicago
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago, Dallas)
  • International Monetary Fund
  • University of Virginia
  • Syracuse University
  • Central Bank of Chile
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Capital One Bank
  • Samsung
  • Amazon
  • U.S. Census Bureau

Thought leaders just down the hall

Professor Rabah Amir is a nationally recognized expert in game theory. Professor David Frisvold recently received a major grant to study how calorie labeling on menus affects obesity. And Professor Antonio Galvao does cutting-edge research in econometrics.

Better yet, the program’s intimate scale means you’ll interact with these and other brilliant minds on a daily basis. You’ll build mentoring relationships with the faculty that share and support your research.

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Faculty Story
Antonio Galvao Classroom

“We produce graduates to think with a strong foundation in economic theory so that they can go into academic, high-end industry or government jobs that are very demanding.”

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