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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 120 students in residence and an entering class of 25. 

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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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The Econometric Society Announces 2020 Fellows

Congratulations to our newly elected fellows: Matthias Doepke and Alessandro Pavan

Matthias Doepke's research deals with economic growth and development, political economy, and monetary economics.

Alessandro Pavan's research concerns the analysis of the role of information in strategic situations of interest to both micro and macro economists.

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Claire Petersen

Claire Petersen ’20, Awarded the Marshall Scholarship to Study Economics and Energy at Cambridge University

Petersen, an Economics major who graduated in spring 2020, was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for American students of high ability to pursue their graduate degrees in the United Kingdom. Petersen will be attending Cambridge’s industry leading master’s program in energy technology, as well as studying carbon management at the University of Edinburgh.

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Economic Research during COVID-19

As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the world, economic uncertainty continues to grow. In an effort to better understand the economic impact of this pandemic, our faculty members have been hard at work publishing new research. Below is a selection of published papers and articles from our esteemed faculty members on the potential economic impact of the coronavirus.


Economics Video Series


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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 6 of our seminar series, which are held in fall and spring quarters.

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Seminar in Macroeconomics

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Online

Johannes Wieland (University of California San Diego): "Lumpy Durable Consumption Demand and the Limited Ammunition of Monetary Policy"...

Seminar in Econometrics

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Online

Vishal Kamat (Toulouse School of Economics): "Estimating the Welfare Effects of School Vouchers" (Please note alternate start time) ...

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Giorgio Primiceri’s article, “‘Excess Savings’ Are Not Excessive”
Piotr Dworczak's survey article, “Discovering Auctions: Contributions of Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson” to be published in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Matthias Doepke cited in U.S. News and World Report article, “In One Year, Coronavirus Pandemic Has Wreaked Havoc on Working Women”
William Rogerson’s 2020 paper, “Antitrust Enforcement, Regulation, and Digital Platforms” discussed in The Conversable Economist
Article in The Daily Northwestern on Womxn in Economics (WiE)

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