About Us

The Department of Economics at New York University has risen to national prominence in recent years and today stands as one of the outstanding departments in the country. Rated sixth in a recently updated Dusansky-Vernon (1992) Journal of Economic Literature study which ranked departments in terms of the publications of their faculty in top-five rated journals, the department boasts of a set of highly productive scholars whose work ranges across all of the standard fields in economics.

Graduate education in the department is organized around two stand-alone programs: the Ph.D. Program, whose aim is to train research scholars for careers in either academia or the business and government world, and an M.A. Program which is more applied in nature and less oriented toward careers in academia.

Recent graduates from the department's Ph.D. have attained jobs at the University of Minnesota, The University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, Pompeu Fabra, UCLA Berkeley, and other top economics departments. Graduates form the Masters program currently hold jobs in a variety of fields in the New York area, including the financial, managerial consulting, and work in the non-profit sector.

In addition to the Ph.D. and M.A. program, the department is heavily involved in teaching at the undergraduate level where we offer a B.A. degree including an honors program.

The Department offers a well rounded education in economics. It is especially strong in economic theory, both on the micro and macro levels, as well as in the applied fields of political economy, industrial economics, labor economics, international economics and growth and development. In addition, the department offers joint degrees with both the School of Law and the Medical School, both outstanding professional schools. Affiliated with the department is the C. V. Starr Center for Applied Economics which is the research arm of the department of economics.

The C. V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, directed by Professor Sydney Ludvigson, attempts to bridge the gap between academic research and decision making in business and government. The Center analyzes issues of important economic and social consequences in order to improve tomorrow's economic decisions.

Finally, intellectual life in the department is centered around a wide variety of weekly research seminars (see Seminar Schedule) in the areas of Micro-Economics, Macro-Economics, International Economics (run jointly with the Stern School of Business), Applied Economics, Industrial Organization (run jointly with the Stern School of Business). In addition, the department is host to a large number of visitors who spend time here in collaboration with our department members. As a result, students are exposed to a continuous weekly flow of researchers whose work is on the frontiers of knowledge in their fields.