About this course
The Ph.D program in Economics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes rigorous training in economic theory and quantitative methods and their creative application. Both theoretical and empirical work is heavily based on mathematical modeling. The goal is to develop the capability of each student to conduct independent research and analysis. To this end the program has three phases:
- A general foundation in economic theory and quantitative methods, starting from the basic but done in a very mathematical way,
- Specialization in two or more fields of theoretical or applied economics, and
- Independent research culminating in the doctoral dissertation. These are not totally distinct phases but indicate the natural order of progression. Coursework is supplemented by independent study and research seminars. Throughout the program students have advisors to consult in developing a study plan that best meets their needs.