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Economics at Northwestern


Our world-class department owes its reputation to outstanding faculty dedicated to teaching and research, as well as engaged students who take advantage of learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom.

The Economics major and minor are open to all undergraduates. The Ph.D. program has 125 students in residence. 

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Our Faculty


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Meet our Faculty

Our distinguished faculty includes fellows of the American Economic Association, members of the National Academy of Sciences and editors of the American Economic Review and other prestigious journals. Longtime faculty member Dale Mortensen was winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics.


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Recent Publications

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Kirabo "Bo" Jackson


Kirabo “Bo” Jackson has been appointed as a member of President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The CEA advises the President on economic policy based on data, research and evidence. Jackson’s term begins at the end of August.

Jackson’s pathbreaking work in the economics of education has been published in the field’s top journals. Some of his most-cited work examines the impact of public school funding, in which Jackson and colleagues devised innovative methods to measure how increasing K–12 school finances improves students' economic and social outcomes as adults.

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Economics Major and Rhodes Scholar Irena Petryk receives 2023 Truman Scholarship

Northwestern student Irena Petryk, a senior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2023 Truman Scholarship.

Also having been named a 2023 Rhodes Scholar in November, Petryk has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to public service since enrolling at Northwestern. She is the cofounder of Northwestern for Ukraine, a student-led organization that fundraises humanitarian efforts on the ground in Ukraine. She has also interned with the White House Council of Economic Advisers, which is responsible for advising the president on economic policy based on data, research and evidence. She spent the summer of 2022 working at the U.S. Department of State, and she has also interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Ryan Family gift for applied economics honors Northwestern President Emeritus Morton Schapiro

Created from the Ryan Family’s historic $480 million gift, announced by the University in September 2021, the Morton Schapiro Center for Applied Economics will fuel innovative research made possible by the power of advanced computing and big data.


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Weekly Seminars

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Our weekly seminars bring renowned economists from universities around the globe. Explore all 7 of our seminar series, which are held in fall and spring quarters.

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Applied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Evanston

Speaker: Xizhao Wang Title: “Human Capital and Firm's Innovation Direction” Abstract: “This paper studies how the sudden loss of person...

Economic History Lunch Seminar

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

Speaker Carlo Medici Title: Closing Ranks: The Effect of Immigration on Organized Labor Abstract: This paper shows that immigration cau...

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Dean Karlan discusses his work as USAID's chief economist in Vox
Kiminori Matsuyama article published in Annual Review of Economics: "Non-CES Aggregators: A Guided Tour"
Economics Undergraduate Alum J. Landis Martin Remembered

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