A smaller program offers big advantages.

The PhD program in Economics at the University of Iowa prepares students to become active researchers in economics. This small, selective program allows for a high degree of student-faculty interaction and encourages students to become engaged in research early during the program. The program emphasizes high quality instruction with a focus on econometrics and the applied microeconomics fields of labor economics and industrial organization.

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Faculty just down the hall

The program's small scale means you’ll interact with faculty on a consistent basis who will support and encourage your research. Explore our research to learn more about our areas of expertise.

PhD job market candidates

If you're looking to grow your faculty or have the perfect position for an economics scholar, check out the current roster of candidates.

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Career placements

Our PhD program has a long history of successful placements. Since 2009, our PhDs have joined universities, businesses, governmental orgs, and NGOs around the world, including:

  • University of Chicago
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago, Dallas)
  • International Monetary Fund
  • University of Virginia
  • Syracuse University
  • Central Bank of Chile
  • Indiana University
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Capital One Bank
  • Samsung
  • Amazon
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Texas A&M University
Alumni Story
Marilyn Pease recounts her experience as a PhD student in Economics at Tippie College of Business

Run with the best

Marilyn Pease, months shy of completing her PhD, was bound for a job interview in Hong Kong. And the jet-setting wasn’t new for her.

Since starting her PhD in Economics at Tippie, she’s presented at conferences in Vancouver and Paris. And she’s accepted interviews for full-time faculty positions around the globe.

In the meantime, back at Iowa, she’s gone beyond her expectations—forming career-building connections, getting published in her first economic journal, and growing to love college football. Along the way, she found research that inspired her, faculty that supported her, and a community at Iowa that made a challenging program fun.

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