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December, 2020

Alumni Spotlight - John Kraft

  John Kraft graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 with a PhD in Economics. At Pitt he did research in econometrics, urban economics, and macroeconomics. His dissertation, under Dr. Asatoshi Maeshiro, was titled, “Nonlinear Demand Equations for Commercial Passenger Transport Modes.”  Dr. Kraft was a Brookings Institution...

Ph.D. Program - Student Profile

On my prospective student visit day at Pitt in March 2016, the collegial and collaborative atmosphere of the Economics department was immediately apparent. On top of all the other features I was looking for in a program, including an impressive faculty with a diverse range of research interests and a robust slate of field courses and...

Undergraduate – Behavioral Economics Club

The Behavioral Economics Club by Mike Zangus, President The Behavioral Economics Club realizes that, in contrast with classical economic theory, humans are not always rational. We fix the issue of assumed rationality in classical economic theory by infusing psychology into economics, accounting for irrationality, thus allowing us to...

Faculty Spotlight - Professor Lise Vesterlund

  Professor Lise Vesterlund gave the keynote address, The Effect of Task Assignment on Compensation and Negotiation, at the global meeting of the Economic Science Association. The Economic Science Association (ESA) is a professional organization devoted to using controlled experiments to learn about economic behavior. The ESA welcome...

MS Program - MQE Career Chats

The first semester of the Department of Economics new MS in Quantitative Economics professional degree program has wrapped up and students completed STEM courses in Individuals, Firms, and Markets; Quantitative Methods; Incentives and Information; Economic Inference from Data; and Communicating Insights.   Along with the intense, full-...

September, 2020

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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