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Pursue a degree or take courses in economics or financial economics.

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Department News

May 4, 2021

2021 Economics Commencement Ceremony

The 2021 Economics Commencement ceremony will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST.

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.


54th Annual Gilbert Memorial Lecture

The 54th Annual Gilbert Memorial Lecture was held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 4-5:15 p.m. via Zoom. Tayfun Sonmez, professor of economics at Boston College presented "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 is available on YouTube.

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.

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