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Why Northwestern?

The Department of Economics at Northwestern University is among the best in the world. A recent article in the Journal of the European Economic Association ranked Northwestern fourth in the world, based on faculty publications in 30 leading journals.

Our faculty

Seventeen Northwestern economists are elected fellows of the Econometric Society. Twenty-eight are faculty research fellows or research associates of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Among department faculty are several former editors of Econometrica. Our faculty have served as presidents of professional societies, and have taken leaves for public service in Washington, D.C. Longtime faculty member Dale Mortensen was the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics. 

Review the listing of the Department's core faculty and their research interests, along with links to their individual profile pages and personal webpages.

Northwestern's economics community extends far beyond the department's 45 professors. Economists are also faculty members in the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, which has been ranked number one among business schools by Business Week and the Economist, and in other schools.

Research opportunities

Students interested in applied economics may take advantage of research assistantships and dissertation year fellowships in such areas of Northwestern as the Transportation Center, the Institute for Policy Research, and the School of Education and Social Policy. Research opportunities are also available through the affiliation of faculty members with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Within the Department, there are several research centers that support seminar series, organize conferences, and provide students with support in the form of research assistantships. These centers are:

The department is also the host of the biennial Nemmers Prize in economics, which is awarded to a world-ranked economist who has not yet received the Nobel Prize. The winner spends a quarter at Northwestern in advanced seminars, workshops, and other contact with graduate students and faculty.

Placement

The department actively supports the placement of our Ph.D. graduates. Our students have been able to obtain positions at highly-ranked research universities. Students with exceptional teaching abilities have been placed at the leading liberal arts colleges. A number of graduates also obtain excellent positions at government agencies, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the anti-trust division of the Department of Justice, as well as with private corporations. 

Visit our Placement webpage for specifics on graduate placements.

Student life

Northwestern students have access to cultural and recreational opportunities, both on campus and in Evanston and Chicago. Learn about life at Northwestern.

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