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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
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.
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  • 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.


Cornell Economics is on the move! We have more than 50 faculty members, more than 750 majors, more than 100 PhD students, and serve over 5,000 students on campus each year. We are making improvements to our curriculum and student experience, are in the middle of an extensive capital campaign, and are aggressively expanding the faculty.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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 econometrics and pass qualifying examinations in micro- and macroeconomics. Completing those core requirements, and selecting a core committee member, satisfy the requirements of the basic analytical economics minor.

Concentrations by Subject

  • Applied 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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Toefl Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • Three recommendations
  • Gre general test

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Graduate School takes great pride in supporting a majority of its graduate students – whether through fellowships, assistantships, or grants. Our competitive funding package includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living allowance or stipend for 97% of on-campus students in research Ph.D. programs.

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