University of Pittsburgh



The Department of Economics offers a graduate program leading to a PhD. A master's degree program is not offered. The PhD program has three goals: to advance economic knowledge through an intensive and balanced research program, to develop the skills essential to independent research on current economic problems, and to provide the training needed for effective teaching of economics.

The application deadline for the fall term is January 15. Prospective students should apply online.

The department currently has 27 faculty members with research programs of long standing and of international prominence in several subject areas. Research areas in which the Department of Economics has particular strength include:

  • Applied Microeconomics
    • Comparative Systems and Development Economics
    • Economic History
    • Empirical I/O
    • Environmental Economics
    • Labor Economics
    • Public Economics
    • Urban Economics
  • Econometrics
    • Non- and Semi-Parametric Inference
    • Empirical Asset Models
    • Inference in Game Theoretic Models
    • Cross-Section and Panel Data
    • Structural Time Series Models
    • Bayesian Inference
    • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • International Economics
    • International Trade
    • International Finance
  • Macroeconomics
    • Growth and Development
    • Macroeconomics of Labor Markets
    • Macroeconomics with Heterogeneous Agents
  • Micro Economic Theory
    • Game Theory
    • Political Economy
    • Auction Theory
    • Decision Theory
    • General Equilibrium Theory
    • Experimental Economics
    • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
    • Markets
    • Individual Decision Making
    • Game Theory
    • Communication
    • Market Design
    • Political Economy
    • Public Economics
    • Labor Economics

There are approximately 50 graduate students in residence. Students are accepted directly for PhD study. As prerequisite, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent level of education from an institution outside the United States. The department recruits promising students from the United States and around the world. The great majority of PhD students receive financial support from the University of Pittsburgh beginning with their first year of study. Previous study of economics can be helpful, but is not essential. What is essential is that entering students have sufficient preparation in mathematics. The PhD program is quantitatively oriented, and students are expected to be able to use linear algebra and the calculus of several variables in their first-year courses. While not explicitly required, training in Real Analysis, Differential Equations, and/or Probability and Statistics are a plus.

For further information, contact:

University of Pittsburgh
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Economics
Graduate Office
4914 W. W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Ph. 412-648-1399
Fax: 412-648-1793