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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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Center for Economic History receives $2.5 million grant from Menard family

The grant will establish the Menard Fellows program, which will support post-doctoral students, the Menard Research Fund, which will support post-doctoral and graduate student research and a tenured professor who also will act as the center’s associate director.

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NET hosted its fifth annual tournament from April 2-3, 2022. NET 2022 marked the first time in the event's history which allowed students to compete either virtually or in-person. This year, 19 teams from 9 states and 5 countries competed against one another in the Introductory Power Round, the Advanced Power Round, and Econ Bowl events for both virtual and in-person teams.

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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 (Cancelled)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

Hassan Afrouzi (Columbia): "Inflation and GDP Dynamics in Production Networks: A Sufficient Statistics Approach" (with Saroj Bhattarai)

Seminar in Industrial Organization

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Paul Kim (Northwestern): "Risk-Corridors in Medicare Part D: Risk-Sharing or Profit-Limiting Mechanism?"

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Dean Karlan, Giorgio Primiceri, Nancy Qian elected as Econometric Society Fellows
The Atlantic covers Hannes Schwandt's paper published in PNAS in "America is a Rich Death Trap"
Diane Schanzenbach Published on the Rise in Food Insecurity During Summer Months
Nancy Qian on Food Insecurity and the War in Ukraine
Matthias Doepke co-authors article on the surprising changes in fertility at higher incomes

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