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Our PhD program promotes practice-based scholarship that embraces the scientific method to better understand how people and societies make decisions.

Students are exposed to cutting-edge research in international economics and behavioral and applied microeconomics. Students are encouraged to collaborate with top scholars impacting the field today. Because we are an all-graduate student program, we mentor our students closely and prepare them for success in a competitive and fast-changing world. We have a long history of both influential research and of training students for careers in academia, government, and the private sector.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

72 units

5–6 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Economic Sciences

Division of Politics & Economics

PhD in Economics

Featured Courses

ECON 320
Experimental Economics

This course introduces the subject matter, methods, and results of experimental economics. The course will stress the interaction of theory and experiment, seeking to relate questions in the theory of markets, games, and decisions to issues in experimental design and the analysis and interpretation of results.

ECON 350
Global Money & Finance

Global monetary and financial issues have captured the interest of economists for very many years, with recent international events including the global financial crisis in 2008/09 and the economic and financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic only serving to shine an even stronger light on them.

ECON 381
Probability & Statistics for Econometrics

This course covers probability and statistics. Topics include the fundamental concepts of probability theory, Bayes’ rule, notions of discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, and other necessary statistical instruments, which are widely used in almost every phase of your academic career. A firm understanding of mathematical techniques and its applications covered in this class is essential for successful graduate studies in economics.

SPE 487
Visualizing Data

This course takes the design of graphics and tables seriously and explores a variety of visual techniques for investigating patterns in data, summarizing statistical results, and efficiently representing the robustness of such results to alternative modeling assumptions.

SPE 489
Computational Tools for Social Sciences

This course is designed to give students a flexible and broad toolkit for conducting quantitative social science research. It will cover the skills needed to collect, clean, aggregate, explore, visualize, and analyze data using the R statistical language. It will cover everything from general programming and workflow to web scraping and mapping.

Law & Economics: Theory & Practice

This course is an opportunity for students to obtain a deep understanding of the theory and empirical support in law and economics. While the course will cover many areas within law and economics, a focus will revolve around criminal justice issues.

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Research Opportunities

As a student in the Department of Economic Sciences, you will have the opportunity to contribute to faculty-led research opportunities that offer practice-oriented learning.

Faculty & Research

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