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With the BA in economics or financial economics, international students in the United States on F-1 visas are eligible to work for three years in the US.

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In the News

February 25, 2021

A proposal for Covid Vaccine Distribution

Listen to a zoom recording of Professor Roman Pancs' presentation on how Covid vaccine should be allocated.  This talk was recorded at a zoom seminar presented to University of Rochester undergraduates on February 11, 2021 and can be found here.


October 1, 2020

Virtual Conference: Racial Justice and Education

You're invited to attend an online conference on racial justice and education to be held October 23rd and organized by the University of Rochester’s Bradley Policy Center. 

Education policy is central to making progress on addressing the profound problem of racial inequality in American society. With this motivation, the conference will focus on frontier research related to the causes and consequences of racial disparities at a wide range of levels of education -- from classroom experiences to access to higher education. The conference will feature presentations and accompanying discussions of new empirical work connected to this theme

The full agenda, including the link to register can be found here.

October 1, 2020

Sawyer Grant

The Department of Economics—together with History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and English—will host a Sawyer Seminar in the academic year 2021-22 studying migration.

September 30, 2020

10/1 & 2: Ron Jones Conference in International Trade and Macroeconomics

The department will inaugurate the Ron Jones Seminar in International Economics with a two-day virtual research conference and policy panel. The program can be found here.

September 30, 2020

Policy Panel: Trade and Politics in a Post-COVID World

On Friday (10/2) from noon to 1 the department will host a virtual policy panel with leading experts on international trade and politics. The panel stream is here: 

May 4, 2020

Edward Peck Curtis Award

Armen Khederlarian has been awarded the Edward Peck Curtis Awards for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

May 4, 2020

Pipeline Grant Recipient

John Singleton has been awarded a Pipeline grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for his work on Examining Underrepresented Students’ Access to and Gains from Selective Public High School Education.

October 8, 2018

Former economics professor Paul Romer receives Nobel Prize

Paul Romer, a former assistant professor of economics at the University of Rochester and currently a professor at New York University, has been named a recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.



54th Annual Gilbert Memorial Lecture 

The 54th Annual Gilbert Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd from 4:00pm to 5:15pm via Zoom.  Tayfun Sonmez, Professor of Economics at Boston College will present "Fair Allocation of Vaccines, Ventilators and Antiviral Treatments: Leaving No Ethical Value Behind in Health Care Rationing" (joint with Parag A. Pathak, M. Utku Unver and M. Bumin Yenmez).

A recording of the talk can be found  here

The Covid Pandemic and the Economy

Recently, both Professor Narayana Kocherlakota and Professor Lisa Kahn participated in the Experience Rochester lecture series, speaking on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the Economy.  Professor Kahn's remarks can be found here and you can find Professor Kocherlakota's remarks here.  


Did you know?

Based on a Career Center survey of University of Rochester graduates from 2016-2019, two-thirds of Economics Department graduates are working and one-third are pursuing higher education. Of those working, Economics majors are earning $68,573 and Financial Economics majors are earning $68,191. This compares to the average salary of all other Rochester graduates (both College and Engineering) from this time period, of $57,885.

The Department of Economics is ranked among the top in the nation. In fact, because of our relatively small faculty size, the department ranks among the top five on a per-faculty basis.

Rochester’s economics PhD program—in existence since the 1950s—was created in part by Lionel McKenzie, one of the leading economists of the time.

Our graduates are prepared for careers in business and government as well as graduate studies in business administration, economics, public policy, law, and more.

Artistic portrait of Paul Romer

Feature Story

Former economics professor Paul Romer receives Nobel Prize

Paul Romer, a former assistant professor of economics at the University of Rochester and currently a professor at New York University, has been named a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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