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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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Harry Pei wins NSF CAREER Award

Harry Pei has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Pei is an assistant professor of economics at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences whose research focuses on game theory. He will receive $462,400 over five years from NSF’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences to hire and mentor research assistants.

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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.


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

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Gita Gopinath of the IMF to deliver Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy
NU Economics Tournament hosts seventh annual Econ Bowl for high school students across the country
Ian Savage led a Congress-mandated review on retrofitting automatic shutoff valves on hazardous pipelines. The report offers crucial insights for pipeline safety.
A study by Elisa Jácome finds over a 150-year period, immigrants have never been incarcerated at a greater rate than those born in the United States.
Harry Pei awarded U.S. National Science Foundation's CAREER Award

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