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Maxwell / Department of Economics


Syracuse University has a strong commitment to econometrics with a particular emphasis on cross-sectional and panel data analysis. Our econometrics faculty are known for both theoretical and applied econometrics research. Faculty members have published in major journals like Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. Faculty members have been or are currently on the editorial boards of field and general journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Empirical Economics, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. SU ranks 47th in the Tilburg University Top 50 US Economics Schools Research Ranking based on research contribution in 2004-2012. Prof. Badi Baltagi was ranked #25 and Prof. Chihwa Kao was ranked #81  in the September 2014 RePEC worldwide ranking of authors in econometrics.

Faculty interest spans a broad spectrum within the field of econometrics: panel data, spatial econometrics, productivity analysis, health econometrics, count data models, weak instruments, and specification testing to mention a few. In addition to our three-course Ph.D. sequence in econometrics, our breadth enables us to offer a wide variety of Ph.D. topics courses and several courses at the masters/undergraduate level.

The econometric group offers an Econometrics Lunch, which brings external speakers to campus to lead workshops over lunch. We offer an active schedule of speakers, with presentations by some of the most productive econometrics scholars in the world. In the workshop, speakers present research on theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of econometrics. Graduate student participation is a goal of the workshop and speakers are encouraged to present material in such a way as to facilitate this goal. In addition, once a year we host Camp Econometrics in New York which attracts top econometricians from all around the country and graduate students of econometrics from around the New York universities and surrounding areas including Canada.

Core faculty in the areas of econometrics include:

  • Badi Baltagi
  • Alfonso Flores-Lagunes
  • William Horrace
  • Chihwa Kao
  • Yoonseok Lee
  • Jan Ondrich

Additional faculty with research interests these areas include:

  • Gary Engelhardt
  • Hugo Jales