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Economics at Northwestern

We are hosting an Open House for students interested in studying economics, on Wednesday, October 16 at the KGH, 3rd Floor, from 4-5pm. Join us for food and refreshments and learn how majoring in Economics can lead to a variety of career paths. Faculty and advisors will also be in attendance. We hope to see you there!

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

Dale Mortensen

Dale Mortensen Nobel Prize medal donated to Northwestern

The family, friends, colleagues and former students of the late Dale T. Mortensen, the Ida C. Cook Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and Nobel Laureate, gathered February 1, 2019 at the Department of Economics for the dedication of Mortensen’s Nobel Prize medal, which was donated to the University by the Mortensen family.

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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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Senior Lunch & Awards Ceremony

The department welcomed over 300 students and their guests to our Annual Graduation Lunch and Awards Ceremony. Department Chair Lawrence Christiano and Professors Mark Witte and Lori Beaman awarded our distinguished students the Frederick S. Deibler Awards for Excellence in Economics, the Robert Eisner Award for Undergraduate Research, the Frederick S. Deibler Awards for Distinguished Honors Thesis, and Departmental Honors.



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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Seminar in Econometrics

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Tatiana Komarova (London School of Economics): “Testing nonparametric shape restrictions” (with Javier Hidalgo)    

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Charles F. Manski: Applying the Tools of Economics to Medical Decision Making
Burton Weisbrod's published research has been in the top 10% of the 30,000 researchers covered by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in the total number of new documents in the past year
Morton Schapiro Opinion: Students on both ends of the economic spectrum face challenges in college
Robert J. Gordon & Hassan Sayed- The industry anatomy of the transatlantic productivity growth slowdown: Similarities outweigh the differences
Economic View by Seema Jayachandran: Founders of Successful Tech Companies Are Mostly Middle-Aged

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