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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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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 Industrial Organization

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Michael Dinerstein (UChicago): "Teacher Labor Market Equilibrium and the Distribution of Student Achievement"

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) welcomes Professor Dean Karlan as the new Chief Economist
Northwestern Economics Major Irena Petryk Wins Rhodes Scholarship
Seven Department of Economics Faculty named to the 2021-2022 Associated Student Government Faculty & Administrator Honor Roll
Four Faculty Members Tenured and Promoted
Hannes Schwandt's paper published by National Bureau of Economic Research: "The Covid-19 Baby Bump: The Unexpected Increase in U.S. Fertility Rates in Response to the Pandemic"

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