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February, 2021

Students and Faculty Talk about the MQE Program

Watch this 4-minute video to learn about the Student and Faculty Experience in the MQE Program. MQE graduates meet employer demand for well-rounded individuals who can bring economic insights and strategic thinking to data science. The MQE Program, housed in the Department of Economics, is an intensive 8-month STEM-designated...

Letter from the Chair - Pitt Day of Giving

Announcing Special Economics Department Giving Incentive for Pitt Day of Giving Pitt Day of Giving is Tuesday, February 23! You've probably been hearing that the Pitt Day of Giving is coming up on February 23. However, I am pleased to share with you that we’ve been chosen as one of 5 departments in the Dietrich School to be eligible to...

PhD Student - Marissa Leper

My research interests stem from my desire to understand the world around me, in particular human behavior and decision making. This curiosity has led me to study behavioral economics and to incorporate psychological principles into economic questions. A lot of my research focuses on questions about self-control, which I find particularly...

Faculty Spotlight - Professor Stefania Albanesi

Stefania Albanesi Explains Why Women Lost More Jobs in Pandemic. Written by Jialin Hou, a doctoral student in the Department of Economics. How will the 2020 coronavirus pandemic affect the US labor market? The emergence of the virus has led to a decline in economic activity, which has primarily affected service occupations with high...

Undergraduate - Economics Society

Written by Nicholas Fleming, a senior Math-Econ and Philosophy major, and president of UES. Post-graduation, Nicholas intends to enter a doctoral program in economics. The purpose of the Undergraduate Economics Society (UES) is to foster interest in all areas of economics. The intent of UES is not only to aid students in their academic...

MQE Student - Mason Putt

Meet Mason Putt, the first applicant and enrollee to the new MS in Quantitative Economics (MQE) degree program. Mason will be graduating on May 1, 2021 with the first cohort of MQE graduates. What did you study as an undergraduate student and what were your academic goals? When I came to Pitt in 2017, I planned on studying statistics and...

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...

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