Economics

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15; no spring admission

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Economics (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • applied economics
  • basic analytical economics
  • econometrics and economic statistics
  • economic development and planning
  • economic history
  • economic systems
  • economic theory
  • economics of education
  • health economics
  • industrial organization and control
  • international economics
  • labor economics
  • monetary and macro economics
  • public finance

Doctoral degree candidates must choose a major and at least two minor subjects, one of which can be basic analytical economics. Within the first year of study, Ph.D. students should complete requirements in mathematics and econometrics and pass qualifying examinations in micro- and macroeconomics. Completing those core requirements, and selecting a core committee member, satisfy the requirements of the basic analytical economics minor.

Students interested in this field may also want to consider the Fields of Agricultural Economics; and Management.

Application:
Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores. Because some mathematics is used in graduate courses and current economic literature, applicants should have had at least three formal mathematics courses (at least two in calculus). Strong preference is given to students with substantial mathematics training. Foreign applicants are strongly advised to supplement their recommendations with recommendations about their oral and aural English abilities.

John Abowd -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; econometrics and economic statistics; managerial economics
Arnab K. Basu -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; Research interests: Labor Economics
Matthew Ryan Backus -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; Research interests: Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomic Theory, Applied Econometrics
Warren Bailey -- Concentrations: applied economics; international economics; Research interests: finance; international finance
Christopher Barrett -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; applied economics; Research interests: agricultural development; environmental, resource, and international economics
Levan Barseghyan -- Concentrations: Research interests: applied economics; international economics; monetary and macro economics; basic analytical economics
Panle Jia Barwick -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: Industrial Organization, Applied Econometrics, Applied Microeconomics
Kaushik Basu -- Concentrations: economic theory; industrial organization and control; economic development and planning; public finance; international economics; Research interests: child labor; literacy and development
Daniel Benjamin -- Concentrations: economic theory; applied economics; Research interests: behavioral economics; basic analytical economics
Antonio Bento -- Concentrations: public finance; applied economics; Research interests: environmental economics; energy economics; urban and public economics
James Berry -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: development economics; labor economics
Garrick Blalock -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; applied economics; Research interests: managerial economics; development
Francine Blau -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; economics of gender; economic demography
Robert Bloomfield -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: applied economics; basic analytical economics
Lawrence Blume -- Concentrations: economic theory; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: economic theory; game theory
Aaron Bodoh-Creed -- Concentrations: economic theory; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: economic theory; industrial organization; applied economics
George Boyer -- Concentrations: labor economics; applied economics; economic history; Research interests: economic history; labor economics; history of economic thought
Richard Burkhauser -- Concentrations: labor economics; applied economics; health economics; Research interests: policy analysis and management; labor economics; public finance; applied economics
Murillo Campello -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; monetary and macro economics; Research interests: Corporate finance; monetary and macro economics; econometrics
John Cawley -- Concentrations: public finance; labor economics; applied economics; health economics; Research interests: labor, applied economics; public finance
Ho Yan (Nancy) Chau -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; applied economics; international economics; Research interests: international economics; economic development; applied economics
Damon Clark -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: economics of education; labor economics; public economics
Stephen Coate -- Concentrations: economic theory; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: public economics; political economy; economic theory
Jon Conrad -- Concentrations: public finance; applied economics; Research interests: resource and environmental economics; public finance
David Easley -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; economic theory; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: economic theory; financial economics
Ronald Ehrenberg -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; economics of education; applied economics
Gary Fields -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; economic development; applied economics
Maria Fitzpatrick -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: economics of education; public economics; labor economics
Michael Frakes -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: health economics; law and economics
Robert Frank -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: behavioral economics; applied economics
Matthew Freedman -- Concentrations: public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; macroeconomics; urban and regional economics
R. Richard Geddes -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: applied economics; industrial industrial organization; law and economics; basic analytical economics; policy analysis and management
Yaniv Grinstein -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: corporate finance; corporate governance
Kevin Hallock -- Concentrations: labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: applied economics; labor economics; basic analytical economics
George Hay -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: industrial organization; antitrust policy; law and economics
Ori Heffetz -- Concentrations: public finance; applied economics; Research interests: behavioral economics; social and cultural aspects of consumer behavior
Tatiana Homonoff -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; Research interests: Public Finance, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics
Yongmiao Hong -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; economic development and planning; economic systems; Research interests: econometric theory; economics of China
Ming Huang -- Concentrations: economic theory; applied economics; Research interests: behavioral finance and asset pricing
Robert Hutchens -- Concentrations: public finance; labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; applied economics; public finance
George Jakubson -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; econometrics; applied economics
Robert Jarrow -- Concentrations: economic theory; applied economics; Research interests: economic theory; finance
Justin Johnson -- Concentrations: economic theory; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: applied microeconomic theory; theoretical industrial organization
David Just -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; applied economics; Research interests: agricultural economics; behavioral economics; risk and uncertainty; food and nutrition policy
Vrinda Kadiyali -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: competition in pricing; advertising
Lawrence Kahn -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; collective bargaining
Sanjiv (Ravi) Kanbur -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; public finance; applied economics; international economics; Research interests: public economics; agricultural economics; development economics
G. Andrew Karolyi -- Concentrations: applied economics; international economics; Research interests: finance; international finance; asset privacy models; investments; corporate finance; corporate governance
Donald Kenkel -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; public finance; applied economics; health economics; Research interests: health economics; public finance
Nicholas Kiefer -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; economic theory; monetary and macro economics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: econometrics; statistics; economics of information; search; dynamic programming; financial econometrics
Hyuncheol Kim -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; health economics; Research interests: Health Economics, Development Economics
Shanjun Li -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: environmental and energy economics; empirical industrial organization; applied microeconomics
Claire (Seon Hye) Lim -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; econometrics and economic statistics; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: political economy; law and economics; applied econometrics
Crocker Liu -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: real estate; urban economics; corporate finance; finance; investments
Michael Lovenheim -- Concentrations: public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: public finance; labor economics; economics of education
Thomas Lyons -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; applied economics; economic systems; Research interests: economy of China; economic development
Mukul Majumdar -- Concentrations: economic theory; economic development and planning; Research interests: economic theory
Richard Mansfield -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; economics of education
Robert Masson -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: industrial organization
Alan Mathios -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: consumer protection; antitrust law and economics; public utility regulation; federal and state regulation
Jordan Matsudaira -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; health economics; economics of education
Karel Mertens -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; monetary and macro economics; Research interests: macroeconomic theory; business cycle theory; banking and monetary economics; empirical macroeconomics
Roni Michaely -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: applied economics; finance
Tapan Mitra -- Concentrations: economic theory; international economics; Research interests: economic theory; resource economics
Francesca Molinari -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: econometrics; identification; survey methodology; labor economics
Timothy D. Mount -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; applied economics; Research interests: econometrics; energy economics
Denis Nekipelov -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; Research interests: Structural Econometrics for Big Data, Computational Methods of Industrial Organization
David Ng -- Concentrations: applied economics; international economics; Research interests: finance; international finance
Sean Nicholson -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; economic theory; industrial organization and control; monetary and macro economics; economic development and planning; public finance; labor economics; applied economics; international economics; economic history; economic systems; health economics; Research interests: applied economics; public finance; basic analytical economics
Edward O'Donoghue -- Concentrations: economic theory; industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: behavioral economics; industrial organization; game theory
Maureen O'Hara -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: financial economics; applied economics
Emily Owens -- Concentrations: public finance; economic history; Research interests: public finance; economic history; economics and crime
Gregory Poe -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; applied economics; Research interests: environmental and resource economics
Uri Possen -- Concentrations: monetary and macro economics; public finance; Research interests: public finance; monetary economics
Eswar Prasad -- Concentrations: monetary and macro economics; labor economics; international economics; Research interests: international economics; monetary and macroeconomics; labor economics
Victoria Prowse -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: labor economics; experimental economics
Assaf Razin -- Concentrations: economic theory; monetary and macro economics; public finance; applied economics; international economics; Research interests: international finance; international economics; public economics
Gideon Saar -- Concentrations: economic theory; applied economics; Research interests: financial economics; market microstructure; behavioral finance; investments
David Sahn -- Concentrations: economic development and planning; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: economic development; economics of health and education; applied economics
Henry Schneider -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: applied microeconomics; industrial organization; experimental economics
William Schulze -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: experimental economics; industrial organization; public finance; environmental and resource economics
Karl Shell -- Concentrations: economic theory; monetary and macro economics; public finance; Research interests: macroeconomics; monetary economics; economic growth; economic theory
Robert Smith -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; public finance
Joerg Stoye -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; economic theory; applied economics; Research interests: econometrics; decision theory
Sharon Tennyson -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; applied economics; Research interests: policy analysis and management; industrial organization; applied economics
Maxim Troshkin -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; monetary and macro economics; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: public economics; incentives and life-cycle models
Viktor Tsyrennikov -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; monetary and macro economics; international economics; Research interests: macroeconomics and finance; econometrics; international economics
Lars Vilhuber -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; applied economics; Research interests: Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics
Michael Waldman -- Concentrations: industrial organization and control; monetary and macro economics; public finance; labor economics; applied economics; Research interests: applied microeconomics; labor economics; industrial organization
Henry Wan Jr. -- Concentrations: economic theory; industrial organization and control; economic development and planning; applied economics; international economics; economic systems; Research interests: international economics; economic development; economic theory
William White -- Concentrations: applied economics; health economics; Research interests: industrial organization; public finance
Nicolas Ziebarth -- Concentrations: basic analytical economics; econometrics and economic statistics; labor economics; applied economics; health economics; Research interests: health economics; labor economics

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Richard Schuler -- Concentrations: econometrics and economic statistics; industrial organization and control; public finance; applied economics; Research interests: public finance; applied economics; regional science; resource and environmental economics
Erik Thorbecke -- Concentrations: applied economics; Research interests: www.people.cornell.edu/pages/et17/

The Field of Economics aims to train doctoral students capable of the highest level of research and teaching in the discipline and its many specializations. A successful career is distinguished by the ability to design and execute a long-term research program that addresses a sequence of well-defined and important problems in economic theory, resource allocation, markets, macroeconomics, public policy, economic measurement, or other area of applied economics. An essential skill of any successful researcher is the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral presentations. Although careers may diverge after the Ph.D. is completed, most students will enter the international Economics Ph.D. job market during their fifth year of study. At this time students should have a polished, substantial research paper, known as the Job Market Paper, that demonstrates their skills in the design, execution, and presentation of a significant project. The Job Market Paper should be part of a well-developed early career research plan whose promise and significance can be reasonably assessed by the economics profession at that time. Those seeking teaching positions should have a portfolio of teaching experiences that demonstrates their skills and preparation.

 

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