Ph.D. students may have an opportunity to work as research assistants with economics and other faculty members. Research assistants gain excellent research experience, especially in the application of economics to policy issues. Students who want a research assistantship should contact faculty in the Institutes. Research assistantships are typically not available to first-year doctoral students.
Center for Policy Research
The Economics Department has a special relationship with the Center for Policy Research, a policy-oriented research institute. The Institute houses the Metropolitan Studies Program, the Center for Demography and Economics of Aging, the Aging Studies Program and the All-University Gerontology Center. Researchers in the Institute have studied a wide range of projects including: the New York budget crisis; tax reform in the U.S. and developing countries; economics of aging; implications of increasing the minimum wage; the earned-income tax credit; housing of the elderly; housing discrimination; housing finance; and a host of other topics in labor economics, public economics, and urban and regional economics.
The Institute has a reputation as one of the country's leading academic organizations performing applied policy analysis. The Center for Policy Research has nearly 30 faculty and senior research associates, 12 of whom are faculty members in the Economics Department.
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs has opportunities for students to conduct guided (by faculty) research on topics in international economics. Two economics faculty members have their offices in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and belong to the inter-disciplinary Research Consortium in Global Affairs. The Consortium sponsors periodic seminars and workshops in which Ph.D. students may present their research.
Each Ph.D. student in the department has a desk in an office. The desk has built-in storage for books and a locking file drawer. Students have access to computers either within the office, or, in cases where several offices are adjacent to one another, a central computer lab and lounge area. All students have access to the University Library and to University computing.