Economics Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Doctoral degree candidates must choose a major and at least two minor subjects, one of which can be basic analytical economics. Within the first year of study, Ph.D. students should complete requirements in mathematics and pass qualifying examinations in micro-economics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Completing those core requirements, and selecting a special committee chair, satisfy the requirements of the basic analytical economics minor.

Students interested in this field may also want to consider the Fields of Applied Economics and Management and Management.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4893

429 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • applied economics
  • basic analytical economics
  • econometrics and economic statistics
  • economic development and planning
  • economic history
  • economic systems
  • economic theory
  • economics of education
  • health economics
  • industrial organization and control
  • international economics
  • labor economics
  • monetary and macro economics
  • public finance


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 15; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

The Field of Economics aims to train doctoral students capable of the highest level of research and teaching in the discipline and its many specializations. Success in this regard is distinguished by the ability to design and execute a long-term research program that addresses a sequence of well-defined and important problems in economic theory, resource allocation, markets, macroeconomics, public policy, economic measurement, or other area of applied economics. An essential skill of any successful researcher is the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral presentations. Although careers may diverge after the Ph.D. is completed, most students will enter the international Economics Ph.D. job market during their fifth year of study. At that time students should have a polished, substantial research paper, known as the Job Market Paper, that demonstrates their skills in the design, execution, and presentation of a significant project. The Job Market Paper is one part of a well-developed early career research plan whose promise and significance can be reasonably assessed by the economics profession at that time. Those interested in teaching positions should have a portfolio of teaching experiences that demonstrates their skills and preparation.