The department's research focuses on six areas: econometrics, experimental and behavioral economics, labor/ development, macroeconomics/ international economics, microeconomic theory and urban/ public/ history.
Faculty members' research often spans multiple areas, and collaborative projects are common. External funding for our research comes from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
We nurture a thriving research community among graduate students and faculty members. Starting in their second year in our PhD program, students participate in this community through a variety of opportunities year-round.
The Behavioral Economics Design Initiative (BEDI) seeks to advance the science and practice of economic design within the areas of women's advancement, charitable giving, health economics, labor markets, and market design.
The University of Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL) is a center for research on the nature of human decision-making, how individuals interact within organizations and markets, and the determinants of aggregate economic, political, and social outcomes.