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September, 2020

New MS in Quantitative Economics program begins!

MQE, the STEM-designated professional degree program will equip students with the quantitative, analytical and communication skills needed to identify and resolve complex economic issues using a broad spectrum of quantitative techniques. Students anticipate being employed as analysts and strategists in the private, public and non-profit...

PNC EVP (and Pitt Alum!) meets with Econ Undergrads

Caroline Roberts, a senior undergraduate studying statistics and economics, shared her experience connecting with Caitlin McLaughlin during the virtual meeting.   On Monday August 26th, Caitlin McLaughlin, EVP - Director of Talent and Total Rewards at PNC and University of Pittsburgh Alumni, spoke to Pitt’s undergraduate class, Intro for...

Women in Economics - Undergraduate Student Organization

Many economic classes, whether in the business school or the school of arts and sciences, are filled to the brim with men. More often than not, there are just a few women sprinkled in each of these classes. Women in Economics (WIE) at the University of Pittsburgh is a club that aspires to bring together these women and promote them while...

Welcome New Faculty

Claire Duquennois joins the Department after finishing her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research is in labor and development economics, and focuses on how poverty influences behavior and economic decision making.       Svetlana Kosterina joins the Department after completing her PhD in Political Economy at...

July, 2020

Pitt Economics, by the Numbers

Pitt Economics, by the Numbers In 2018-2019, 4,319 undergrads - 22% of all Pitt students - enrolled in an Economics course.  36 Full-time Faculty in the Department of Economics 59 PhD Students in the Department of Economics  574 Undergraduates major in Economics (61 are pursuing an Economics-Statistics degree and 47 are pursuing an...

Graduating During a Pandemic by Andie Spatig, Class of 2020

On the afternoon of March 11th, while on spring break with all of my Pitt friends, a collective cell phone ‘ding’ rang out.  I opened the email that appeared on my screen, and saw it was from Chancellor Gallagher addressing what action Pitt is taking against Covid-19. For the remainder of the semester, there will be no more in-person...

An Interview with Sam Ressin, Class of 2020

  Why did you choose to study economics? I chose to study economics because I wanted to understand how our economic system works -- and how various political actors seek to influence the economic system to secure benefits and advantages.  What was the biggest revelation for you studying economics? My biggest revelation was that so...

2020 Student Awards

  During this year’s Commencement the Department of Economics Department honored its graduating seniors digitally. Seniors shared their post-graduation plans as well as their thanks to family, friends, and Pitt through the Department’s Commencement slideshow.    Asher Issacs Award to a graduating economics major deemed to be the best...

April, 2020

COVID-19 Impact at Pitt

In response to the international COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh has transitioned to remote virtual learning. All students were encouraged to remain at home following spring break, March 9-14th. The University made their announcement on Tuesday, March 10th regarding their transition to online courses and extended their...

Black progress gets a new explanation from new professor

It’s probably no shock to you that black Americans earn less than whites. On an hourly basis, black workers make somewhere between 20-25% less than white workers, even when looking at workers with similar skills, occupations, and education levels.   But what you probably don’t realize is that the earnings-gap between black and white...

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