The research emphasis of department is focused in six areas: Applied Microeconomics, Comparative/Development/International Economics, Econometrics, Experimental Economics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomic Theory. Faculty members often have research interests that span multiple areas, and collaborative projects are common. Sources of external funding for our research include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The department houses two world-class research centers which serve to complement and support its research objectives: the Center for Industry Studies, and the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory.
The Department of Economics regularly hosts seminars on a wide variety of research topics.