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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 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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IPR Faculty Spotlight: Charles F. Manski
How We Got into This Mess, from Economic Principals
Alessandro Pavan awarded one of four Honorary Professorships from Peking University
Marciano Siniscalchi gave a keynote talk, titled "Thinking outside the box: Putting Epistemic Game Theory to Work," at the 2019 Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society
The Economist referenced Joel Mokyr's "A Culture of Growth"

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