Economics (PhD)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree.  It signifies that the recipient is able to conduct independent research and has both a broad basic knowledge of all areas of economics and a comprehensive knowledge of one area in particular.  The PhD program equips its graduates with modern economic techniques, enabling them to take leadership positions in economic research in the academic, business, and government worlds.

The Department of Economics has risen to prominence in recent years by attracting internationally renowned scholars to its faculty and by carefully selecting its student body.  There are many reasons to believe that we can offer students an outstanding intellectual environment.  Seven members of our department are Fellows of the Econometric Society, and one is a Nobel Laureate.  Many currently serve or have served on the editorial boards of major journals, including the American Economic ReviewEconometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Economic Theory.  


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Economics for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.

Dual Degrees

The Economics Department offers two dual degrees with the NYU School of Law:

  • Economics (MA)/Law (JD)
  • Economics (PhD)/Law (JD)

See Economics for additional information and admission requirements specific to these programs.