The Economics PhD program provides students with the advanced training and knowledge necessary to pursue positions leading to careers in research and teaching at other institutions of higher learning, careers in economic analysis and forecasting, and careers in public policy analysis within local, state, or federal government. The PhD is awarded to students who excel in the comprehensive examination and who write a dissertation that demonstrates their ability to do independent research. The coursework for the PhD is an initial exposure to major contributions in the literature and applications of the methodology. Students acquire competence through study of the literature and development of research skills. The program develops this competence.

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