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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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Federico Bugni and Ivan Canay awarded 2022 Arnold Zellner Award.

Federico Bugni and Ivan Canay have been awarded the 2022 Arnold Zellner Award for the paper “Testing Continuity of a Density via g-order statistics in the Regression Discontinuity Design”, published in the Journal of Econometrics in 2021. The Zellner Award recognizes the best theoretical paper published by the Journal of Econometrics in a given year, following a selection process where associate editors and co-editors submit a list of nominations, and then an award committee comprised of fellows of the Journal of Econometrics selects the winner. The award was announced at the 50th Anniversary reception of the journal at the 2023 ASSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Rhodes Scholar Irena Petryk


A senior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Petryk is majoring in economics and international studies. She is interested in U.S. foreign policy and strengthening international commitments on economic development.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and perhaps best-known award for international study, provide all expenses for multiple years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Scholars are chosen not only for exceptional academic achievement but also a demonstrated ambition for social impact.

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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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Seminar in Macroeconomics

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

Martin Beraja (MIT): "Inefficient Automation" with Nathan Zorzi Abstract: How should the government respond to automation? We study thi...

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New York Times Honors Rebecca Blank
Economics Major Steven Jiang Featured in Northwestern Now for His Two Startup Companies
Northwestern Mourns the Passing of Rebecca M. Blank
Benjamin Golub and Piotr Dworczak Tenured
Yingni Guo and Annie Liang Elected as Economic Theory Fellows at Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory

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