Princeton University Department of Economics
The Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building at Princeton University, home to the Department of Economics
|65 full-time faculty members|
|Students||Approximately 300+ undergraduate students and 141 graduate students|
The Princeton University Department of Economics is an academic department of Princeton University, an Ivy League institution in Princeton, New Jersey. The department is one of the most premier institutions for the study of economics. It offers undergraduate A.B. degrees as well as graduate Ph.D. degrees. It is considered one of the "big five" schools in the field along with the faculties at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, and MIT. According to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report, the department ranks as No. 1 in the field of economics.
The department is located in the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building, formerly 20 Washington Road, which also houses the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Bendheim Center for Finance, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. It is also home to the Industrial Relations Library.
Since the university's founding in 1746, many courses in the social sciences, including history and politics, were taught in the department of Jurisprudence and Political Economy. Coursework specifically in political economy became available in 1819. When Woodrow Wilson became a professor in 1890, additional courses were added to the curriculum, including the History of Political Economy. By 1913, the department became independent from history and politics, forming the Department of Economics and Social Institutions.
The undergraduate program is one of the most prestigious programs for the study of economics in the country and in the world. Economics is the most popular concentration (Princeton's version of an academic major) at the undergraduate level. Because the university does not have a business school, the economics concentration attracts many students who are interested in careers in investment banking, management consulting, finance, technology, and more. The curriculum itself is theoretical in nature, requiring students complete quantitative courses up to multivariate calculus. In partnership with the Bendheim Center for Finance, the department also offers an Undergraduate Finance Certificate.
The graduate program in economics trains Ph.D. students for careers in academia, government, and industry. It receives approximately 800 applications for a class of 20 to 25 students who come from over 30 different countries around the world. The program has numerous fields of specialization and has been particularly strong in the areas of Macroeconomics, Industrial Relations, and International Finance. Graduate students who pursue academic careers have historically had placement records at some of the world's leading universities including Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Cornell.
The department also oversees a number of centers and initiatives, including:
Home to the Bendheim Center for Finance in Princeton, NJ
- Bendheim Center for Finance
- The Benjamin H. Griswold III, Class of 1933, Center for Economic Policy Studies
- The Gregory C. Chow Econometric Research Program
- Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance
- Center for Health and Wellbeing
- William S. Dietrich II Economic Theory Center
- Industrial Relations Section
- International Economics Section
- Office of Population Research
- Political Economy Program
- Princeton Experimental Laboratory for the Social Sciences (PExL)
- Research Program in Development Studies
- The Gregory C. and Paula K. Chow Macroeconomic Research Program
- Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics
The 2018 U.S. News & World Report places the department as No. 1 in the field of Economics, tied with Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and Yale University. The National Research Council's rankings place the university at No. 2 in the S-Rank (Scholars Rank) and No. 2 in the Research Rank.
In the 2018 Q.S. World University Rankings, the department places as No. 3 in the world in the fields of Economics and Econometrics. The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks the department as No. 7 globally. It has been ranked by RePEc among the top ten economics Departments in the world.
- Arthur Lewis, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, 1979
- John Forbes Nash Jr., Senior Research Mathematician, 1994
- Eric Maskin, Visiting lecturer with the rank of professor of economics, 2007
- Paul Krugman, Professor of economics and international affairs, 2000
- Thomas Sargent, Visiting professor of economics, 2011
- Christopher Sims, Harold B. Helms Professor of Economics, 2011
- Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs, 2015
Former faculty members include Ben Bernanke, who was a Professor of Economics prior to serving as Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Professor Alan Blinder served on Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve; John Kenneth Galbraith, a leading academic on post-Keynesian economics; and Uwe Reinhardt, a scholar on health care economics and Medicare.
Other notably faculty members include:
- Mark Aguiar
- Orley Ashenfelter
- Markus Brunnermeier
- Anne Case
- Janet Currie
- Avinash Dixit
- Henry Farber
- Mikhail Golosov
- Gene Grossman
- Faruk Gül
- Nobuhiro Kiyotaki
- Atif Mian
- Wolfgang Pesendorfer
- Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
- Cecilia Rouse
- Harold Tafler Shapiro
- Christopher A. Sims
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