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Perspective Drives Progress

Undergraduates Nikita Chatterjee (economics) and Brianna Howard (public health) have launched PAANI, an innovative project that could help decrease the prevalence of water-borne illnesses in some of India's poorest neighborhoods. Women are typically tasked with gathering water from sources that are not clean. By building a prototype water filtration system into the sari—a garment worn by women throughout India—Nikita and Brianna are turning an everyday object into a solution that improves lives.

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Undergraduate Studies


Under the guidance of distinguished faculty, students develop the quantitative skills to think critically about the relationships between resources, incentives and behaviors that inform the decision-making process. Along with one-on-one advising and a breadth of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, economics majors graduate with a portfolio of methods, problem-solving techniques and practical experience that is highly valued by employers.

Graduate Studies


While there are separate tracks toward the M.A. and the Ph.D., both esteemed graduate degree programs focus on applied and policy-related economics. Emphasizing a strong foundation of theory, statistical and econometric methods, students develop advanced understanding of market functions and hone analytical skills that are in high demand across a wide range of fields.

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Go Further With a Dual Master's Degree in International Relations

Customize your M.A. in economics with a joint M.A. in international relations. Earn two degrees in just two years.

Explore Urban Economics

Our faculty comprises one of the strongest and most active research groups in the areas of urban, regional and real estate economics. Our focus and depth allows us to offer two semester-long Ph.D. courses in urban economics and related areas augmented by a third upper level undergraduate course in real estate economics that many of our Ph.D. students audit.

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