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

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In the News

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.

September 26, 2018

Fall Frenzy 2018

Led by Professor Paulo Barelli, the University of Rochester Expresso Bike team advances to the quarter finals in the national Fall Challenge competition.

September 15, 2018

Economists celebrate Mark Bils

On September 15, 2018 the Department of Economics and the Bradley Policy Center co-hosted a workshop on the "Dynamics of the US Economy: Challenges Ahead" in the Feldman Ball Room, Frederick Douglas Commons. The conference brought together leading international scholars who have been students, colleagues, and coauthors of Mark Bils as he embarked on his 30th year at Rochester.


May 7, 2018

Welcome new Professor of Economics Lisa Kahn

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Kahn will joining our faculty for the 2018-19 Academic Year as Professor of Economics. Professor Kahn joins us from the Yale School of Management where she is currently on the faculty.  Professor Kahn is a labor economist with interests in the economics of organizations and education. We wish her a warm Rochester welcome.

January 10, 2018

Mark Bils named fellow of the Econometric Society

Bils’s work has focused on how wages and prices respond to the business cycle, and is one of 20 fellows named to the prestigious international organization this year.


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Did you know?

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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'Jack of All Trades' Makes Most of Rochester Curriculum

From saxophonist to student government treasurer, to internships at BASF, SpaceX, and Ernst & Young, C.J. Van Huben has packed a lot into four years. “I had a feeling I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t want to be put in a box,” the financial economics major says. “The open curriculum was perfect for me.” Read more about Van Huben, who is part of a series of profiles celebrating members of Rochester’s Class of 2018.

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From Rwanda to Rochester in one ‘serendipitous’ moment

For Ian Manzi, a photo of Rush Rhees Library left behind in an office at his Rwandan high school changed his life. “It looked so beautiful, a representation of college,” he says.

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