Applied Economics


Degrees Offered



We believe that economic thinking provides a uniquely powerful method for understanding social phenomena. And further, that economic understanding of the world is important, and that it is the duty of the economist to contribute to this understanding by exploring questions, developing answers, and communicating those answers to others. Our PhD program is designed to produce economists who do these things.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The program develops analytical skills that enable students to conduct research on economic issues, emphasizing empirical analysis that is firmly grounded in economic theory. The first two years of the program builds student skills in economic theory and its application. Beginning in the spring semester of the second year, the focus shifts toward field courses, writing, and the development of a research agenda. The cornerstones of the program are (I) comprehensive proficiency in economic theory and econometrics; (II) proficiency in two or more fields of economics; (III) the second-year paper, completed in the spring semester in conjunction with a field course; (IV) the third year workshop; and (V) the dissertation. Each of these will be discussed in turn, followed by (VI), a capsule summary of the graduate school’s procedures and how they mesh with the program.


Required Documents


The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)