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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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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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News and Events


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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Senior Job Talk

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Basit Zafar (UMichigan): "Assessing the Costs of Balancing College and Work Activities: The Gig Economy Meets Online Education"Spectral...

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Faculty Spotlight: Elisa Jácome
League One Volleyball, co-founded by NU Economics alum Katlyn Gao '01, raised a $35M Series B, bringing the league’s total funding to nearly $60M to date.
hostU, founded by Economics junior Bella Le Sage '25, raised venture funding from Edwin Marcial and Thirteen Castles
Martin Eichenbaum appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Panel on Macroeconomics and Climate-related Risks and Opportunities
Plenful , co-founded by CEO Joy Liu '15, announced a $9M funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

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