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General Information

Our Ph.D. program faculty consists of 91 economists drawn from the Cornell University Economics Department, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Johnson School, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Hotel School, and the Law School. The Ph.D. degree in Economics is administered by the Cornell Graduate School as the only degree offered by the Graduate Field of Economics.

The breadth of our faculty offers students many opportunities. Students can focus their doctoral research on a wide range of economics-related topics provided at least two Ph.D. program faculty members approve the topic and agree to supervise the student. The full committee consists of a chair from the Ph.D. program faculty and two or three additional members of the Cornell Graduate Faculty. This flexibility allows students to form dissertation committees that reflect very specific specializations from around Cornell.

Cornell is also what we call an open campus. Students may take courses in areas other than economics and participate in interdisciplinary work. Indeed, many doctoral-level courses in economics are offered by faculty members in colleges and schools across the campus. 

Important Information

Prerequisites

Economics Courses

Our first semester courses presume a thorough knowledge of microeconomics at the level of a rigorous treatment of undergraduate intermediate theory. More economics background is preferred, but an economics major is not required.

Mathematics

The student must have a minimum of four semesters of calculus and linear algebra and at least two semesters of advanced mathematics including a course in analysis. This is an absolute minimum and is rarely seen as competitive for a financial aid offer. There is a strong admissions and financial aid bias towards students with more mathematics: differential equations, real or complex analysis, mathematical probability and statistics, optimization, topology, and stochastic differential equations, among many others. Many successful applicants are double majors in economics and mathematics.

Courses called Mathematics for Economists, Mathematics for Social Scientists, and Econometrics are not a substitute for formal mathematics.

A mathematics review course is offered before classes in the first three weeks of August. Although it is not required, in our experience most entering students benefit significantly from this course.

Admissions & Financial Aid

*Students in Economics may only start in the Fall semester. The field of Economics no longer accepts paper application materials. Please use the online application.

*There is no preadmission application in Economics. 

*The Ph.D. program in Economics does not require an applicant to have completed an undergraduate degree in economics or in mathematics for admission.

Applications, including letters of reference, GRE and TOEFL/IELT scores, should be completed online by January 15th. Admissions are generally announced in mid-March.

Cornell University, like most prominent American graduate schools, is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States. Most Canadian graduate schools have also accepted the Council's application and admission guidelines. As a member of this group, Cornell may not consider an acceptance (of admission and/or aid) from a student to be binding until after April 15th. (The applicant may renege on the acceptance of any school's offer by writing that school before April 15th.) Because early acceptance of an offer from a university is not binding on the student, we make most financial aid offers in mid to late March.

Course Requirements    

The first-semester courses presume a thorough knowledge of microeconomics at the level of a rigorous treatment of undergraduate intermediate theory. More economics background is preferred, but an economics major is not required.

The student must have a minimum of four semesters of calculus and linear algebra and at least two semesters of advanced mathematics including a course in analysis. This is an absolute minimum and is rarely seen as competitive for a financial aid offer. There is a strong admissions and financial aid bias towards students with more mathematics: differential equations, real or complex analysis, mathematical probability and statistics, optimization, topology, and stochastic differential equations, among many others. Many successful applicants are double majors in economics and mathematics.

Courses called "Mathematics for Economists," "Mathematics for Social Scientists," and "Econometrics" are not a substitute for formal mathematics.

As part of the admissions process, the indicated mathematics and economics courses should be completed prior to the application deadline in January. If courses in mathematics or microeconomics are completed after the application transcript has been sent, the student is strongly advised to send an updated transcript (a copy or unofficial version will do) showing the grades in these courses. Updated admissions material may be sent directly to the GFA (Rachel Lukens, rll35@cornell.edu).

A three-week mathematics review course is offered before classes begin. In our experience most entering students can benefit significantly from that course, though it is not required.

Reference Letters

Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants should ask their references to address not only their academic prospects in their letters, but to also address their prospects as a teacher and research assistant. Academic references should preferably be from professors in one’s major subject and possibly from a mathematics professor in an advanced mathematics class. If others would know more about the applicant’s prospects as a teacher or research assistant, supplementary letters can be provided from professors for whom one has taught, given oral presentations, or done research.

GRE

Applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). As a practical matter a high score on the GRE Quantitative examination is very important for both admission and financial-aid considerations. GRE subject examinations are optional.

  • The graduate school must receive all scores prior to the application deadline.

  • All official test scores should be reported directly to Cornell University.  Please be sure to use the exact spelling of your name on both your application and test score report.

  • The GRE institutional code is 2098. Department codes are not used for matching scores to applications.

  • GRE test scores are valid for five years from the test date.

Foreign Applicants

The TOEFL or IELTS examination is required of all applicants from countries where English is not the official native language, unless the applicant meets one of the Graduate School's two exceptions.

Please consult the English Language Proficiency Requirement page. Please note that the field of Economics cannot admit candidates who do not meet the Graduate School's English language requirements. These are minimum required scores; most accepted students have TOEFL IBT scores over 25 in all four categories. If your English-language degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you must take the TOEFL. Do not request exceptions. None will be granted.

Non-native English speakers are strongly advised to get supplemental letters of reference from native English speakers if at all possible.

These letters should address your likely "presentational skills" in English (e.g., potential for success as a teaching assistant or presenter of a scholarly paper). The writer need not be one of your professors; in practice these letters often come from visiting American academics, sometimes visiting departments other than Economics at your school for a seminar or a semester whom you have asked to have a conversation with you for the purposes of such a letter. Further, many Universities have English language departments with American (or British) faculty members.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not "need-based." All applicants are considered for financial aid awards based on academic merit and potential success as a teaching or research assistant.

Financial aid packages for incoming students are typically guaranteed, given satisfactory performance, through the Spring semester of the fifth year of study (if five years are actually needed to complete the degree). Most of the aid packages are in the form of fellowships/assistantship combinations (approximately 15 per year). The normal package includes one fellowship year, which must be used during the first year of study. The first-year fellowship enables the student to focus on the core program. Subsequent financial aid normally takes the form of graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

Graduate research and teaching assistantships also cover the tuition as well as an academic year stipend and medical insurance. Those without full funding are required to purchase medical insurance. 

Some successful students with self funding in the first year may be funded in subsequent years if they are likely to be outstanding teaching or research assistants. A key criterion for a teaching assistantship is teaching excellence; those who are deemed to be unlikely to excel in teaching in English will in most cases not receive financial assistance. (I-20 visa guarantees are taken seriously, only a few self-funded non-native English speakers will receive financial aid.)

Research assistantships may be available from individual faculty members. These are awarded to qualified graduate students whose research interests are clearly similar to those of the faculty member with the research funding, and generally to students with strong academic performance and/or special skills (e.g., programming).

Aid decisions for many students are contingent upon the acceptances or rejections of those who have the initial aid offers. The aid market, therefore, is very active between April 1st and April 15th. Applicants are advised to make certain we know how they can be reached quickly (by e-mail, or if necessary fax or telephone) during that time.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

One of the primary concerns at Cornell is teaching excellence. This is desirable in its own right, and it is valuable for the student to be able to establish excellence in teaching for the job market. We have a variety of programs available to assist students in becoming good teachers. Some of these programs are required, others are voluntary supplements.

All students who will be serving as teaching assistants for at least the first time are required to arrive at Cornell for training about ten days before the semester starts. Incoming student teaching assistants for whom English is not their native language are generally required to show up in early August for additional training, for which there is a stipend supplement for the additional living costs. (All teaching assistants are required to arrive five days in advance of classes and to remain on campus until all course grades are completed.) Students with undergraduate degrees from countries where English is not the official language are required to take an oral examination prior to being employed as a TA. This assessment is administered by the Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence. Depending upon the results of this assessment, international students may have additional training requirements designed for non-native English speakers.

For Further Information

For further information about the Economics Ph.D. Program, you may contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Yongmiao Hong (e-mail: econ-dgs@cornell.edu) with questions about background, preparation or degree content.

Contact the Graduate Field Assistant, Rachel Lukens (e-mail: rll35@cornell.edu); postal address: Field of Economics, Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853-7601, USA; telephone: +1-607-255-4893; fax: +1-607-255-2818) with questions about applications, admissions, or other procedural matters.

A crucial source of information about any program is the doctoral students who are in the program. Our students can be contacted at through the GSAFE site. Introduce yourself and ask any questions you would like about study at Cornell.

For further information about the Graduate School and its programs, contact the Admissions Office at the Cornell University Graduate School.

Non-Degree Visiting Students

Maximum Enrollment

Non-degree students are limited to a maximum enrollment of two semesters and may not enroll in a degree-granting program at Cornell without formally applying and being approved for admission.

Tuition

Non-degree students enrolled during a regular semester are required to pay tuition.  There is no tuition charge for the summer.

Health Insurance

Like degree-seeking students, non-degree graduate students are automatically enrolled in Cornell’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If a student has coverage through another health insurance plan that is comparable to the SHIP, s/he may file a written appeal with the Office of Student Health Insurance. International students are required to purchase SHIP. For more information visit: 

http://www.studentinsurance.cornell.edu/cms/insurance/.

Admissions Requirements

  • Education Credentials--All students enrolled in the Graduate School must possess education credentials equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. At a minimum, international non-degree students must be pursuing graduate-level studies in their home country. On the application form, applicants should describe their postsecondary education history and provide applicable transcripts and diplomas.

Financial Resources

International students must provide evidence of adequate financial resources. These resources should be sufficient to cover the costs of attendance, including living expenses, for the duration of their stay at Cornell.

Incoming Students Fall 2017

If you were admitted with financial aid or placed on the waiting list, you should have received detailed information by email from the admissions coordinator, Rachel Lukens (rll35@cornell.edu). If you have received an email from the Director of Graduate Studies, then your formal offer letter is in progress. If you have not received such information, you have not been admitted or placed on the waiting list yet. Notice of rejection also comes from the admissions coordinator.

The Economics Ph.D. Math Review Course will run Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 18.  It consists of 15 half-day lectures and three problem set sessions.  This course is strongly recommended for all entering students. There is no tuition charge for students in the Economics Ph.D. program. 

Math Review Course Syllabus 

Mandatory teaching assistant training, for those students who will be TAs at Cornell for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year, is August 16-18.  Graduate School orientation is Monday, August 21st. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 22nd. (Cornell Academic Calendar 2017-2018)

Progress to the Degree

Our Ph.D. program is designed so that the degree can be awarded after five years of diligent study.

This page is a summary of the requirements for making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. in Economics. Any variations or exceptions for an individual student must be approved in writing by the Executive Committee of the Field of Economics and by the student's special committee (or the Director of Graduate Studies, for first and second year students without full special committees).

First Year

Students are expected to qualify before the beginning of their second year in four areas:

  • Econometrics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Mathematics for Economists 
  • Microeconomic Theory

Qualifying in Econometrics, Macroeconomics and Microeconomic Theory requires passing qualifying examinations in these areas during May/June of the first year (or, if necessary, passing a re-take in July/August of the first year). To prepare for these examinations students should take the following courses in their first year:

  • Econometrics I and II (Econ 6190 and 6200)
  • Macroeconomics I and II (Econ 6130 and 6140)
  • Microeconomic Theory I and II (Econ 6090 and 6100)

To qualify in Mathematics for Economists, students must pass the Mathematics Proficiency Examination given at the beginning of the first year of graduate study or achieve a grade of at least B- in Intermediate Mathematical Economics I (Econ 6170).

The first-year economics Ph.D. courses (Econ 6090, 6100, 6130, 6140, 6170, 6190, and 6200) are intended for doctoral students in economics and related disciplines. First-year economics Ph.D. students are automatically enrolled in these courses. The permission of the instructor is required for all other students.

Second Year

Workshops
Participation in at least one workshop in the second year is required. After the second year, students must be registered in at least one workshop program each semester. With the approval of the special committee, a student may substitute regular participation in a workshop other than the ones listed below. Workshop schedules are here. The list of workshops currently offered is:

  • Applied Economics 
  • Applied Microeconomics 
  • Behavioral Workshop 
  • Development Economics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Institute for Health Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics 
  • Macro/Monetary Economics 
  • Microeconomic Theory 
  • Policy Analysis and Management 
  • Public Economics

Research Project
Students are required to write a complete, independent research paper in the second year, which is due in August of the summer of the second year. They are expected to present this work in the Fall semester of the third year in the Third-year Research Seminar (Econ 7850). Attendance at this workshop and presentation of the second-year paper is required for all third-year students.

Special Committee
Students are assigned a special committee chair upon initial enrollment. Usually, this is the Director of Graduate Studies. This assignment is temporary. A permanent chair must be selected prior to registering for the third year (fifth semester) of study. Prior to registering for the sixth semester (January of the third year), students must form a permanent special committee to advise them on courses and research. The committee consists of a chair and at least two other members. The chair represents the student's major concentration of research and the other members represent minor concentrations.

Major and Minor Concentrations
Students must also qualify in one major and at least two minor concentrations. This is typically done in the second and third years. The requirements for qualifying in concentrations are determined by the committee member representing each concentration. A student's major concentration must come from the field of economics. Minor concentrations may be in the field of economics or may come from other Cornell graduate fields. 

Third Year

The A Exam
Students are expected to pass an admission to candidacy examination, called the A Exam, administered by the student's special committee during the third year of graduate study. This examination must be passed by the end of the third week of the fourth year. Failure to complete the A Exam in a timely fashion may result in the suspension of all financial aid or termination from the Ph.D. program.

The Fourth Year and Beyond

The Dissertation and the B Exam
Students are expected to begin work on the doctoral dissertation in the third year of study and to finish the dissertation by the end of the fifth year of study. The program is designed so that the Ph.D. can be awarded in five years and students should plan to finish in five years. Completing the Ph.D. requires passing an oral examination, the B Exam, administered by the student's special committee, followed by filing with the Graduate School a completed doctoral dissertation approved by the committee.

Guide to Concentrations in the Field of Economics

The concentrations in Economics are listed below in alphabetical order. After each concentration, there is a list of courses that students often take for that concentration. There is one extremely important caveat: the exact courses required to meet a particular concentration are determined by a student’s special committee and not by the field or DGS. Any member of the special committee may require additional or different courses as a condition of representing a particular concentration on a committee. This is why you cannot pick concentration courses independently from the selection of a special committee. That said, taking courses in your intended concentrations is one time-tested way of selecting special committee members. New concentrations under consideration by the field are listed next. Finally there is an incomplete list of concentrations in other fields that have been historically part of some Economics committees as minor concentrations.

The Graduate School’s official list of faculty and concentrations in Economics is here. This should correspond to the choices offered online in the Student Center. Faculty or students who find discrepancies should notify the DGS and GFA in Economics. The chair of a special committee in Economics must be a member of the graduate faculty in the Field of Economics and must represent a concentration from the official graduate school list for Economics. Be careful when selecting a special committee chair in the online Student Center to choose the field of Economics and a concentration from the Economics list. Many faculty members belong to multiple fields. A member of the graduate faculty who belongs to fields in addition to Economics may represent another field and a concentration from that field on an Economics committee as long as that person is not the special committee chair. Always consult with the potential committee member in advance of selecting such an option.

The field-maintained list of members is here. Research interests shown on this page do not correspond exactly to the official graduate school concentrations. They are intended to guide students to faculty members with appropriate research specializations.

Official Economics Concentrations

Applied Economics

This is a catch-all concentration generally used when there are two members of a committee representing the same concentration (not allowed by the Graduate School on three-person committees) so that both can be officially recorded on the committee. The other uses of this concentration include specializations that have formal course sequences but are not designated as official concentrations (e.g., behavioral economics and the economics of education) and concentrations outside of economics where the committee member still wants to be shown in the field of economics (e.g., a member of the field of economics who is also a member of the field of management may represent “Applied Economics” on the committee or a concentration in management, according to the wishes of the student and the committee). A committee member representing “Applied Economics” could require any of the courses listed under any concentration or other courses not listed here.

Research Workshop: Econ 7843 Applied Economics Workshop (Tuesdays)

Econometrics and Economic Statistics

In addition to econometrics classes, courses in computational and statistical methods have been collected into this section. See below for additional information about the Computer Science minor concentration.

Theoretical econometrics

Econ 7190 Advanced Topics in Econometrics I (Spring 2013, Kiefer)

Econ 7200 Advanced Topics in Econometrics II (Spring 2013, Hong)

Econ 7230 Semi/Non Parametric Econometrics (not offered 2012-2013, Molinari)

Research Workshop: Econ 7841 Econometrics Workshop (Tuesdays)

Applied econometrics

PAM 6090/Econ 6590 Empirical Research Methods I (Fall 2012, Matsudaira)

PAM 6091 Empirical Research Methods II (Spring 2013, Clark)

Econ 7480 Applied Econometrics I (Fall 2012, Jakubson)

Econ 7492 Applied Econometrics II (Spring 2013, Jakubson)

Econ 7120 Decision Making Uncertainty: Empirics (Spring 2013, Barseghyan)

Other econometrics sequences

AEM 7100 Econometrics I (Spring 2013, tentative)

AEM 7110 Econometrics II (not offered 2012-2013)

Computational methods

ORIE 5340/CS 5722 Heuristic Methods for Optimization (Fall 2012, C. Shoemaker)

ORIE 5630 Computational Methods in Finance (Fall 2012, S. Stoikov)

CS 6220 Data-sparse Matrix Computations (Fall 2013, C. Van Loan)

Econ 7760 Computational Economics (Spring 2013, Tsyrennikov)

Related information science courses

INFO 7470/Econ 7400 Social and Economic Data (Spring 2013, Abowd)

Economic Development and Planning

Economic development and related courses are offered around the university by faculty in the fields of Economics, Applied Economics and Management, Developmental Sociology, Nutritional Science, and others. Selected courses are listed below. They may be taken in any order.

AEM 6670/Econ 7700 Topics in Development Economics (Spring 2014, Kanbur)

AEM 7350/Econ 7350 Topics in Public Economics (Spring 2014, Kanbur)

AEM 7620 Microeconomics of International Development (Fall 2013, Barrett)

AEM 7650 Development Microeconomics Graduate Research Seminar (Fall 2012, Barrett; Spring 2013, TBA)

Econ 7711/NS 6850 Empirical Methods for the Analysis of Household Survey Data: Applications to Nutrition, Health, and Poverty (Spring 2013, Sahn)

Econ 7720 Economics of Development (Spring 2013, Fields) Note: this class may be taken before or after Econ 7730.

Econ 7730 Economic Development (Fall 2012, Basu) Note: this class may be taken before or after Econ 7720.

AEM 7670/Econ 7670 Topics in International Finance (Fall 2012, Prasad)

Research Workshop: Econ 7847 Development Workshop (Thursdays)

Economics of Education

These courses may be taken in any order.

Econ 7470 Economics of Education I (Spring 2013, Ehrenberg, tentative)

ILRLE 7471/PAM 6471 Economics of Education II (not offered 2012-2013; Fall 2013, Lovenheim)

Economic History

Make special arrangements with Profs. George Boyer, Sean Nicholson or Emily Owens, currently the only members of the field who will represent an economic history concentration.

Economic Theory

NRE 5030/Econ 6110 Microeconomic Theory III/Game Theory and Applications (Spring 2014, Waldman)

Econ 6180 Intermediate Mathematical Economics II (Spring 2013, Mitra, tentative)

Econ 6760/CS 5846 Decision Theory I (Fall 2013, staff)

Econ 6770/CS 5847 Decision Theory II (Spring 2014, staff)

CS 6840 Algorithmic Game Theory (Spring 2014, E. Tardos)

CS 6850 The Structure of Information Networks (offered 2013-2014, J. Kleinberg)

Econ 7170 Mathematical Economics (Fall 2012, Majumdar)

Econ 7180 Topics in Mathematical Economics (not offered 2012-2013. This is a special topics course in economics—not always theory—with a variety of instructors. Students should contact the listed instructor and request a syllabus before enrolling.)

Econ 7560 Non-cooperative Game Theory (not offered 2012-2013, Blume)

Econ 7570 Economics of Imperfect Information (Fall 2013, Majumdar, Easley)

Econ 7740 Contract Theory (Spring 2014, Bodoh-Creed)

Research Workshop: Econ 7842 Microeconomic Theory Workshop (Mondays)

Health Economics

PAM 6410/Econ 6410 Health Economics I (Fall 2012, Cawley)

PAM 6420/Econ 6420 Health Economics II (Spring 2013, Ziebarth)

Research Workshops: PAM Seminar Series (Wednesdays); Institute for Health Economics Workshop (Mondays 12-1, MVR G87)

Further information here.

Industrial Organization and Control

Attention: There is only one Ph.D. level course in Industrial Organization planned for the 2102-2013 academic year. Students planning to concentrate in this area should contact one of the field members who represent that concentration to arrange an individual reading class. The Economics Department has hired a new faculty member in this area, Matthew Backus, but he will not be starting at Cornell until the 2013-2014 academic year. Current field members who may represent Industrial Organization on a committee include Profs. Levon Barseghyan, Aaron Bodoh-Creed, Murillo Campello, Michael Frakes, Justin Johnson, Vrinda Kadiyali, Shanjun Li, Claire Lim, Rob Masson, Alan Mathios, Ted O'Donoghue, Henry Schneider, William Schulze, Sharon Tennyson, and Mike Waldman.

Students planning to do industrial organization as a concentration are strongly advised to take the Applied Econometrics course sequence (Econ 7480 and 7492) during the second year.

NRE 5440 Empirical Methods in Dynamic Industrial Organization (not offered 2012-2013)

Econ 7120 Decision Making Uncertainty: Empirics (Spring 2013, Barseghyan)

Econ 7510 Industrial Organization and Regulation I (not offered 2012-2013)

Econ 7520 Industrial Organization and Regulation II (not offered 2012-2013)

Research Workshop: Applied Microeconomics (Thursdays)

International Economics

Econ 7620 International Economics: International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics (Fall 2012, Razin)

Econ 7640 International Trade and Foreign Investment (Spring 2012, Razin)

AEM 7670/Econ 7670 Topics in International Finance (Fall 2012, Prasad)

Research Workshop: Econ 7844 International Economics Workshop (Wednesdays)

Labor Economics

Econ 7420 Seminar in Labor Economics I (Fall 2012, Mansfield/Prowse)

Econ 7430 Seminar in Labor Economics II (Spring 2013, Freedman/Kahn)

Research Workshop: Econ 7845 Workshop in Labor Economics (Mondays)

Monetary and Macroeconomics

Econ 7310 Monetary Economics I (Fall 2012, Shell)

Econ 7320 Monetary Economics II (Fall 2013, Shell, tentative)

Econ 7620 International Economics: International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics (Fall 2012, Razin)

AEM 7670/Econ 7670 Topics in International Finance (Fall 2012, Prasad)

Research Workshop: Econ 7846 Macroeconomics Workshop (Thursdays)

Public Finance

PAM 6970/Econ 6970 Empirical Public Finance and Taxation (not offered 2011-2012, Lovenheim)

AEM 7350/Econ 7350 Topics in Public Economics (Spring 2014, Kanbur)

Econ 7360 Public Finance: Resource Allocation and Fiscal Policy (Fall 2012, Coate)

Econ 7380 Public Choice (Fall 2013, Coate)

Econ 7390 Advanced Topics in Public Finance (Fall 2012, Troshkin)

Research Workshop: Econ 7848 Public Economics Workshop (TBA)

Specializations That Are Not Official Economics Concentrations

Behavioral Economics

A proposal to create a concentration in behavioral economics is under development. It has not yet been discussed or approved by the field or Graduate School.

NRE 5340 Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral Finance (not offered 2012-2013, Huang)

Econ 7120 Decision Making Uncertainty: Empirics (Spring 2013, Barseghyan)

Econ 7580 Behavioral Economics I (not offered 2012-2013, O’Donoghue)

Econ 7585 Behavioral Economics II (Fall 2012, Benjamin) Note that Behavioral Economics I is not a prerequisite for this course. The courses in behavioral economics may be taken in any order.

Research Workshop: Behavioral Workshop (Tuesdays)

 

Selected Concentrations outside the Field of Economics

The concentrations and fields listed here are selected from the hundreds of offerings by the graduate faculty at Cornell. The courses listed are the ones taught by members of the field of Economics who are also members of the field offering the concentration and selected others who have served regularly on Economics Ph.D. committees.

Field: AEM; Concentrations: Environmental Economics, Resource Economics

AEM 7500 - Resource Economics (Fall 2012, Conrad)

AEM 7510 - Environmental Economics (Spring 2013, Bento)

Research Workshop: Environmental and Urban Economics (Fridays)

Field: AEM; Concentration: Finance

AEM 6940 Graduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management: Topics in Empirical Finance (Fall 2012, Ng)

Field: Demography; Concentration: Minor only

PAM 6280 Family Demography (Fall 2012, K. Musick)

PAM 6720/DSOC 6720 Demography Pro-Seminar (Fall 2012, Williams)

Field: PAM; Applied Economics (any concentration)

PAM 6370 Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (Fall 2012, Fitzpatrick)

Field: Management; Concentration: Finance

Each of the following courses is offered every other year by the faculty member shown in parentheses. Students preparing for the management field’s finance concentration take all seven and a qualifying exam in their third year.

NRE 5340 Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral Finance (not offered 2012-2013, Huang)

NRE 5360 Doctoral Seminar – Introduction to Asset Pricing Theory (Fall 2012, Huang)

NRE 5020 PhD Seminar – Market Microstructure (not offered 2012-2013, O’Hara/Saar)

NRE 5060 PhD Seminar in Corporate Finance Theory (not offered 2012-2013, Grinstein)

NRE 5280 PhD Seminar in Empirical Asset Pricing (Fall 2012, Gao)

NRE 5110 PhD Seminar in Empirical Corporate Finance (Fall 2012, Campello)

NRE 5270 Doctoral Seminar – International Finance (Spring 2013, Bailey)

Field: Computer Science; Concentration: Minor

Any member of the graduated field of Computer Science may serve on an economics committee representing Computer Science as a minor concentration. Normally, that person will require at least four graduate CS courses for the minor. Any course labeled CS above would count. In addition, students may wish to consider the following courses.

CS 6110 Advanced Programming Languages (Spring 2013, staff)

CS 6210 Matrix Computations (Fall 2012, D. Bindel)

CS 6700 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2013, staff)

CS 6702/INFO 6702 Topics in Computational Sustainability (Spring 2013, staff)

CS 6766 Reasoning about Uncertainty (Spring 2013, staff)

CS 6820 Analysis of Algorithms (Fall 2012, R. Kleinberg)

CS 7810 Advanced Computational Complexity (Spring 2013, staff)

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