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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

The Econometric Society Announces 2019 Fellows

Congratulations to our newly elected fellows: Guido Lorenzoni and Bruno Strulovici

Guido Lorenzoni's research focuses on business cycles and financial crises. His recent work looks at the role of expectations and information diffusion in fluctuations, at how lending conditions affect aggregate spending, and at self-fulfilling models of sovereign debt crises. 

Bruno Strulovici is an economic theorist whose research interests include dynamic and collective decision making, comparative statics, time inconsistency, law and economics, and contract theory. 

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Mar Reguant

Reguant is Recipient of Esteemed Award

Mar Reguant was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Reguant's research focuses on energy and environmental economics.

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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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Economic History Lunch Seminar

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Online

John Clegg (University of Chicago): "The Carceral Legacy of Slavery"   *All fall lunches will take place via zoom

Economics 501: Graduate Student Seminar

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Online

Jose Alvarado (Northwestern University): "Unequal Taxes, Heterogeneous Rate of Returns, and Wealth Inequality" (start time is 11:10am)

Seminar in Macroeconomics

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM, Online

Thomas Winberry (University of Chicago Booth School of Business): "The Investment Network, Sectoral Comovement, and the Changing U.S. B...

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Economics alumnus, Christopher B. Combe ’70 (’99, ’09 P), honored with 2020 Northwestern Alumni Medal
Check out Matthias Doepke and Ph.D candidate, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey's, new research, "Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on Women’s Employment"
Matthias Doepke and Ph.D. candidate, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey's research cited in NPR article "How The Pandemic Is Making The Gender Pay Gap Worse"
Mar Reguant joins 100 economists in an open letter published in the Guardian: To Rebuild Our World We Must End the Carbon Economy
Read Joel Mokyr's article "Why Our Knowledge Economy Can Survive the New Age of Pestilence " published in the MIT Sloan Management Review

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